Plus One

Shilpa Gupta, Sumakshi Singh, Surabhi Saraf, Avinash Veeraraghavan

9/25/2015 - 11/22/2015

INDIA in Focus : Plus One

Part of the India in Focus Festival

Using contemporary technology and methods of art production across large scale video installations, sound works, prints and installations, the artists in Plus One also invoke the repetition and pattern making or traditional of Indian visual culture.

Artists include: Shipa Gupta, Sarabhi Saraf, Avinash Veeraraghavan , Sumakshi Singh

Shilpa Gupta

Flapboard (motion flapboard, 19 min loop)

Shipla Gupta (b.1976) lives and works in Mumbai, India where she has studied sculpture at the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1997.

She has had solo shows at Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Arnolfini in Bristol, Castle Blandy in France, OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz amongst other institutions. She has had gallery solos with Gallerie Yvon Lambert in Paris, Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, and at the public gallery, Lalit Kala Akademie hosted Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi.

Shilpa has been invited to the Younger Than Jesus Triennale at New Museum, New York; Lyon Biennale ‘09 curated by Hou Hanru; Gwangju Biennale ‘08 directed by Okwui Enwezor and curated by Ranjit Hoskote; Yokohama Triennale ‘08 curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist; Liverpool Biennale ‘06 curated by Gerardo Mosquera and biennales at Auckland, Seoul, Havana, Sydney and Shanghai.

Gupta’s work has been shown in leading international institutions and museums such as the Tate Modern, Serpentine Gallery, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Mori Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Louisiana Museum and Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon amongst others.

In 2012 she designed the book ‘dates.sites: Project Cinema City Bombay/Mumbai’, edited by Madhusree Dutta. She has co-facilitated ‘Crossovers & Rewrites: Borders over Asia Museum of Contemporary Art, World Social Forum, Porto Alegre’ in 2005 and ‘Aar Paar, a public art exchange project between India and Pakistan alongwith Huma Mulji from 2002 – 2006.

In 2013 she had solo shows at the MAAP Space in Brisbane, Australia and Galerie im TaxisPalais in Innsburg, Austria and will participate in Sharjah Biennale curated by Yuko Hasegawa and No Country at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Sumakshi Singh

Objects of Light: Existence is strobic but I have not moved” (Embroidery and Projected stop-motion animation on silk)

Sumakshi Singh is an artist and an educator who has taught for several years at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectured at Oxford University, Columbia University and The Chicago Humanities Festival among other museums and colleges.  She has mentored residencies for the Victoria and Albert Museum, TheWhyNotPlace 2010 and 2011 and was a visiting artist advisor at KHOJ Delhi.

Her interactive installations, paintings, drawings and sculptures have been presented in solo and curated group gallery and museum exhibitions in India, China, USA, France, Italy and Switzerland. Recent venues include Kochi Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France, MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy, UCCA Beijing, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA, Van Harrison Gallery New York, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Illinois State Museum, IL, Kashya Hildebrand Galerie, Zurich Halsey Gallery, Charleston, SC and ArtHouse Texas, TX. She was awarded a Zegna Grant in 2009, an Illinois Arts Council award in 2007 (in recognition of outstanding work and commitment within the arts) and Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award in 2005 (to support and encourage excellence, artistry, focus, direction, maturity, and originality in the visual arts). Her shows have been reviewed by Younger Than Jesusthe New Museum Catalogue, Art in America, the Village Voice, ArtLovers, Austin Chronicle, Chicago tribune, Reader, Chicago Arts Critics Association, Charleston City Paper, New Haven Register, Platform magazine, Art Etc., Take on Art and Andpersand among other journals and papers. Artist residencies include Mac Dowell Colony- USA, Djerassi Foundation -USA, Fondazione Pistolleto – Italy, Camargo Foundation – France,  Skowhegan – USA, CAMAC – France and Sculpture Space – USA. She was a finalist for the Rijksakademie in 2006.  Singh received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a BFA from Maharaja Sayajiro University, Baroda, India.

Sumakshi Singh’s work traverses lines between Metaphor, Reality and Illusion and ranges from plays on space-time theories to cultural, historic and physical critiques of place, manifested in performance, installation, painting and animation. Singh’s work uses disconcerting phenomenological encounters to ask questions about permanence and transience, object and image, fact and illusion, mapping and displacement, perception and knowledge, here and there while critiquing notions of “fixed“ universes and exposing the fragile set of givens upon which meaning is constructed. The artist has an extensive practice that varies from appropriating subtle microcosmic activity, to mapping perceptual objects in spaces and interacting with them as if they were real.

Surabhi Saraf

FOLD (video)

TABLETS (video)

Surabhi Saraf is a new media artist, composer and a performer who uses her background in experimental sound and Indian classical music to create audio and video works. She is particularly interested in creating multi-channel surround sound experiences in her performances and has created multiple 5.1 surround compositions for her videos and installations.  With a diverse array of techniques such as repetition, fragmentation, and multiplication, Surabhi designs sequences of rhythmic movements, creating multi-layered structures of evolving patterns that slow down our perception of time. In her recent audio-visual performance ‘Spinning Four’, Surabhi layers the sound of her voice over the droning percussions of aged fans that are augmented by lights and live video, creating an immersive sound & visual scape.

Surabhi recently released a limited edition version of her debut EP Illuminen as part of her solo exhibition at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke in Mumbai. The EP encapsulates her live performance and sound design practice from past five years. Her collaborative work with has been performed at NETMAGE 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Soundwave Biennial ((5)), San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and Links Hall, Chicago. Surabhi has performed solo at Currents 2011 & 2012: International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, SOMArts, San Francisco and Max Mueller Bhavan Goethe Institut, Mumbai & New Delhi among others.

She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with an MFA in Art and Technology. Prior to that, she obtained her BFA in Painting from MSU Baroda (India) in 2005. Surabhi is the winner of Art vs Design (2009) organized by Artists Wanted, New York and Celeste Prize (2009), Italy. Her videos have been shown at TIMES SQUARE, New York, the Hunter Museum of American Art Chattanooga, TN and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina, Serbia.  In 2012 Surabhi received the Djerassi Resident Artist award and was nominated for the SECA Award, SFMOMA. . Her recent videos have been screened at multiple international video art festivals and galleries in Spain, Netherlands, South Korea, Israel, Greece, Australia and Italy.

Surabhi Saraf is represented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai.

On view – FOLD (video)

Fold is the second video in the series Video Choreographies. It is single channel audio visual installation composed of a gird of 96 small videos. Fold creates a multifaceted view of a single day’s solitary act of folding laundry; the mass repetition of small videos magnifies subtle nuances while blurring the whole ensemble into a swarm of activity. The elementariness of simple gestures of a seemingly mundane daily activity (such as those of pulling out a t-shirt from the laundry bag or putting hair behind the ear), gets morphed into a complex choreography when multiplied. Fold is an attempt to create layers of structures and overlaying patterns, patterns that are always evolving.

On view – Tablets (video)

“Tablets” is inspired by the artist’s family’s pharmaceutical factory in Indore, India, where seventy people, using quasi-archaic machinery, produce tablets, capsules and syrups. This work reflects on the production of the tablets, involving a central video projection and video box sculptures. The video projection features performers enacting a choreographed sequence that echoes the repetitive motions of the equipment and the factory workers.

Surabhi Saraf will perform “Grains” at the Peirce Studio at 10pm, on September 25, admission is free.

GRAINS is an original audio-visual performance deals with expanding the sonic energy that resides in a single grain of sound.. Layering her vocals on top of the flowing grains, Surabhi Saraf weaves a rich tapestry of sounds, multiplied and fragmented, creating dynamic textures and immersive architectural soundscapes.. In this collaboration with Ian Smith-Heisters, the visual space is transformed by projections that pulsate alongside the sound, magnifying the performance’s granular energy.

Credits for Grains:

Vocals + electronics: Surabhi Saraf
Visuals + custom software: Ian Smith-Heisters

Avinash Veeraraghavan

In the Upper Room (digital print on wallpaper)

Home Sweet Home (3 channel HD video)

Avinash Veeraraghavan is a contemporary Indian artist who draws on his interest in the visual language of popular culture and digital imaging to create graphic books, layered prints, and multichannel video installations. His interest in visuals extends to images of all kinds, from photographs, patterns in print and textiles, wallpaper patterns, wrapping paper to motifs taken from different cultures. Veeraraghavan has been involved with the practice of image construction through meticulously manipulated digital images that are skilfully layered and juxtaposed to open up new possibilities of meaning. The complex visual collages reflect a deep-rooted and often manic exploration of the structure of emotions and the interstices of the mind.

In 2011 his work was part of a two-person show titled Crazy Jane and Jack the Journeyman at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna. His work has been selected to be shown at the Prague Biennale in 2011 in a section titled, Crossroads: India Escalate.

Previously Veeraraghavan has participated in many Indian and international shows including Indian Highway, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010) and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2009); Still Moving Image, curated by Deeksha Nath, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; Post Visual World, curated by Gitanjali Dang, Priyasri Gallery, Mumbai, both in 2008. I Fear, I Believe, I Desire, curated by Gayatri Sinha at Gallery Espace, New Delhi (2007); Urban Manners, curated by Adelina von Furstenberg, Art For The World at Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2007); Watching Me, Watching India, curated by Gayatri Sinha and Celina Lunsford, Fotografie Forum international & Kommunale Galerie, Frankfurt (2006); Around Architecture, curated by Marta Jakimowicz, Colab, Bangalore (2006); Indian Summer, curated by Henri Claude Cousseau, Deepak Ananth and Jany Lauga, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris (2005); Dispelling Asian Stereotypes, Public Art Project, Denmark (2004); City Park, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2003).

In 2009 Veeraraghavan received the Illy Sustain Art prize at Arco, Madrid