New Delhi Art. Hard Copy​, A Solo Exhibition By Susanta Mandal At Vadehra Gallery

New Delhi Art. Hard Copy​, A Solo Exhibition By Susanta Mandal At Vadehra Gallery
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New Delhi Art. Hard Copy​, A Solo Exhibition By Susanta Mandal At Vadehra Gallery

Susanta Mandal, Sculptural installation from Hard Copy 2014-2015

New Delhi Art. Vadehra Art Gallery is proud to present Hard Copy, a solo exhibition by Susanta Mandal, between 18 April and 18 May, 2015 at the Vadehra Art Gallery, D 53, Defence Colony, New Delhi.

Susanta Mandal’s kinetic installations combine light, shadow, movement and stillness, mechanical constructions and human imagery. As curator Sandhini Poddar notes on his works, “Formal binaries—light and shadow, virtual movement (through video) and physical movement (through the works’ kinetic properties), human imagery and mechanical constructions—comprise Mandal’s structures, mirroring the artist’s perceptions of the tenuous balance between stasis and change, universality and individual subjectivity.”

The particular series on view at the Vadehra Art Gallery is a meditation on the image and the way we remember as well as the experience of forgetting. In the last few years Mandal has been increasingly working with the magic lantern, a popular device for optical projection used for education and entertainment in the Victorian period. He deconstructs and reconstructs the contraption to think about image and memory.

This exhibition introspects on the fragility of images, their absence and presence. Everyday images of places take on deeply introspective and at times hallucinatory qualities as the artist takes apart the apparatus that make them visible. Hard Copy interrogates visual perception, how the eye records and recalls. Alongside the sculptural installations, Mandal also presents a series of drawings that are mostly developed from the prints of various computerised tests of the human eye. Scientific rational modes of receiving the world are laid bare and made to converse with personal, imaginative ways of perceiving phenomena and exploring them further.

Susanta Mandal comments:

“Photographs turn the real moving world into frozen experiences. I play with these images through my kinetic structures. The moving lenses create a slippery zone, the image acquires multiple dimensions and presents a different understanding of duration, space, perception and reality.”

Vadehra Art Gallery, D 53, Defence Colony, New Delhi.

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