Ether is all that is’ by G. R. Iranna

Posted by: at 1/19/2017 05:14:00 am
::“Ether is all that is”- By G.R. Iranna::Venue:Galler​y Espace, 16, Community centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi: Dates: 22nd January to 8th March, 2017 (11am- 7pm

Ether is all that is” where works by eminent artist G. R. Iranna will be showcased at Gallery Espace. The show will comprise of 10-12 art works of canvases, paperworks and installations and the medium used vibhuti and acrylic.

Exhibition Name: ‘Ether is all that is’ by G. R. Iranna

Venue: Gallery Espace, 16 Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi- 110025

Dates: 22nd January to 8th March, 2017

Time: 11am to 7pm

About the exhibition: 

G. R. Iranna one of India’s eminent Contemporary artists, will be showcasing his recent body of works under the title ‘Ether is all that is’ at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, from 22nd January, 2017 and will be on view until 8th March, 2017.


The artist’s current suite of works consists of canvases, works on paper and installations. After receiving an overwhelming response at the Kochi Muziris Biennale, this year with his work titled ‘Ash to Ash’, Iranna is all set to enthrall the audience in the capital with a body of work which is an extension of the same theme and process.

The artist uses the holy ash or “vibhuti’, as a primary medium in this series of work, which is further referred to as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. Birth and death, thereby, exist together, as one.  We rise from the dust and we go back to ash. What remains is an infinite nothingness.  The ash is spiritually believed to ward off negative energies and the artist through his work makes an attempt to put forward the union of these energies and the circularity of flow between them.

It will be apt to quote Sukanya Garg in this context, ‘Even Iranna’s choice of material, in this case holy ash or “vibhuti’, is a metaphor for the impermanence of life. While the egg is a symbol of birth and life, the ash it is composed of reminds us of the imminent death. Birth and death, thereby, exist together, as one. We rise from the dust and we go back to ash. What remains is an infinite nothingness’.
Ether is all that is’ by G. R. Iranna
 Ash
flawered
 flawered

mirror
 mirror

paath
paath 


water
water

replace the hetory
replace the hetory


About the artist 

Iranna`s first one-man show was held in 1992 at the College of Visual Art, Gulbarga. Since then, he has shown his paintings at:  And the last shall be the first: G R Iranna, Works 1995-2015; NGMA Bengaluru, Bengaluru (India); curated by RanjitHoskote in 2016, Tempered Branches; AICON Gallery, New York (USA) from 2014 to 2015.

Iranna has also participated in National art shows at- Forming in the pupil of an Eye, Kochi MuzirisBiennale , curated by SudarshanShetty., The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Indian Art,NGMA New Delhi, New Delhi (India) in 2016, and international Art shows at The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Indian Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (China), Chaina Art Museum, Shanghai (China), Minsheng Art museum, Beijing (China), by NGMA New Delhi  and Musée de la Toile de Jouy, L'Espace d'art contemporain, Paris (France) in 2015, and in 2014 he participated in Incidents of Phenomena; India, Italy (SpazioCerere Roma), Myanmar; curated by VeeranganaSolanki, Unmarked; Collective project at BC Gallery, Kochi Biennale, Kochi (India)

 Iranna has also received national and international recognition throughout his career. His awards include those at ABPF Foundation, Signature Art Prize- Singapore Art Museum Jury Award 2008 in the year 2008 and in 2004 during the Harmony Show, he received The Artist of the Year Award in Mumbai (India).

About Gallery Espace

Gallery Espace was established in New Delhi (India), in 1989 by Renu Modi with an exhibition of autobiographical works of MF Husain, Modern India’s most celebrated artist and one of the founder members of the path-breaking Progressive Artists Group. Primarily built around the vision of its Director, Renu Modi, the endeavour has been on representing artists who concern themselves in the realization of work dealing with issues reflecting contemporary society’s concerns; documenting today’s reality. Her artistic vision being based upon an inter-disciplinary approach to fine art, uninhibited by preconceived notions and theories of the art movements of the past. Espace, under her vision, can be credited for organizing curated exhibitions, probably some of the first in the Indian art scene, providing a platform for leading art commentators and journalists to translate their ideas into an artist-shared pictorial vision (Drawing ’94, Sculpture ’95, Mini-Print ’96, The Self & The World, An Exhibition of Indian Women Artists ’97, Kitsch Kitsch Hota Hai ‘01, Bronze ’06). Most recently, Espace had put together a presentation ‘Drawing 2014 – 7 Decades of Indian Drawing’, as a part of its silver jubilee celebrations and ‘Diary Entries’ with five eminent women artists. With having artists like Zarina, Nilima Sheikh, Amit Ambalal amongst the seniors and Manjunath Kamath, Ravi Agarwal, G R Iranna, Waswo X Waswo with R. Vijay amongst the contemporary artists to name a few in its stable, Espace has carved a niche for itself not only in India but in the global art scene.

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