Form Anew
Adip Dutta, Marks, Compressed cotton mesh, 30 x 48 in / 76.2 x 121.9 cm, 2020

Form Anew

Experimenter presents Form Anew a solo exhibition by Adip Dutta for Edition 2 of In Touch. Presenting a suite of intricate works on paper and sculptures in bronze and cast paper, the exhibition extends Dutta’s ongoing practice in looking at form and landscape. In a changed environment the cityscape and its streets, usually bursting at its seams, has also transformed bringing to life a surreal vision of material abandonment and study of form that Dutta has long explored.

Over several years Dutta has immersed himself in the nightscape of the city, relooking at the sculpturality of form left behind in empty spaces of bustling footpaths, wares sold on streets tightly packed with tarpaulin and discarded items of daily use – painting them in intricate, contemplative brush and ink works and sculpting them in a variety of mediums. Often, he sculpts trees and fallen branches in bronze in an extension of his exploration of form, but also as witnesses to his ethereal vision of the nightscape.

Evident in the paper cast and bronze sculptures of wrapped goods, is Dutta’s gaze that invites the viewer to renew value, we assign as a society, to objects that are everyday and occupy our field of vision.
Form Anew attempts to draw meaning of what we are surrounded by, yet fail to see as the world around us rapidly changes, and revaluates how we find ourselves within a recalibrated environment.

Text and photos: Experimenter, Kolkata

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