Ranjani Shettar

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Ranjani Shettar is an artist born in 1977 in Bangalore, India where she presently lives and works. In 1998, she received her Bachelors in Sculpture and in 2000, Masters in Sculpture from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. Shettar creates sculptural installations that combine elements of nature and industry using a range of materials that include, beeswax, sawdust, wood, latex, PVC tubing, silicone rubber, and metal. Ranjani Shettar's work is in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art[1] and has been the focus of several solo exhibitions including The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA),[2] Boston, MA (2008), The Modern Art Museum,[3] Fort Worth, TX (2008–2009). Shettar's group exhibitions include, Freeing the Line, Marian Goodman Gallery (2006), Zones of Contact, XV Sydney Biennale, Australia (2006), 9th Lyon Biennial, France (2007), and Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2008).

Works[edit]

Ranjani Shettar is best known[according to whom?] for her large scale sculptural installations. She uses modern and traditional crafts to sculpt natural and industrial materials to create multidimensional works that bring forth the metaphysical characteristics of existing within a constantly changing physical environment.

In 2009, Shettar created a group of smaller sculptural works. Bird Song[4] is created from muslin and steel with curving, lyrical lines suggesting feathers and flight. The Bird Song sculptures hang like floating musical notes of a melody and resonate with a transient beauty found in nature. In another work, muslin cloths textured like weather worn skin are stretched into five organic forms, each seemingly compliant to a pull that makes known its delicateness with a gentle opening. Waiting for June is composed of small bake terracotta shells that reveal tender cracks that are suggestive of parched earth, poignant yet beautiful.

In Shettar's sculptures and installations, she creates environments that combine the two realms, man and nature, together with graceful and dynamic forms and textures.

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Solo Exhibitions

2013

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, High tide for a blue moon, Mumbai, India

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Varsha, Artist's Book, New York, NY

2012

National Gallery of Victoria, Dewdrops and Sunshine, Melbourne, Australia

2011

Hermes Foundation, Flame of The Forest, Singapore

Talwar Gallery, Present Continuous, New Delhi, India

2009

[1] Talwar Gallery, New York, NY, US

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SfMoMA), New Work, San Francisco, CA, US[5]

2008

The Modern Art Museum, FOCUS, Fort Worth, TX, US[3]

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA), Momentum 10, Boston, MA, US[6]

2007

Talwar Gallery, Epiphanies, New Delhi, India

2006

Talwar Gallery, Recent Work, New York, NY

2004

Khoj International, New Delhi, India[7]

Talwar Gallery, Indian Spring, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012

Henry Art Gallery, Now Here is also Nowhere: Part I, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Crossings, New Delhi, India

2011

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, barely there, Part II, Detroit, MI, US

Quiet Attentions, Art Tower Mito, Japan

2010

On Line, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City.

Liverpool 10th Biennial, Touched, Liverpool, England [8]

2009

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SfMoMA), Sculpture Garden Inaugural Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, US[9]

2008

Carnegie Museum of Art, Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, PA, US Curated by Douglas Fogle [10]

2007

9th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France Artistic Director Thierry Raspail[11]

8th Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah Artistic Director Jack Persekian

2006

XV Sydney Biennale, Zones of Contact, Sydney, Australia Artistic Director Charles Merewether

Marian Goodman Gallery, Freeing the Line, New York, NY, US Curated by Catherine de Zegher[12]

ARTPACE, Artist in Residence, San Antonio, TX, US Curated by Douglas Fogle[13]

2005

Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Transition & Transformation, Amherst, MA, US[14]

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, J'en rêve (Dream on), Paris, France[15]

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Out There, Norwich, UK[16]

Talwar Gallery, (desi)re, New York, NY, US

Wexner Center for the Arts, Landscape Confection, Columbus, Ohio, US Curated by Helen Molesworth[17]

2003

Walker Art Center, How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age, Minneapolis, MN, US Curated by Philippe Vergne with Douglas Fogle and Olukemi Ilesanmi [18]

Publications available[edit]

Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops and Sunshine,[19] Essay by Alex Baker, National Gallery of Victoria, 2011

Epiphanies, Essay by Marta Jakimowicz, Talwar Gallery, 2009

Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation,[20] Editors of Phaidon Press, 2009

Freeing the Line,[21] Marian Goodman Gallery, 2006

Transition and Transformation: A. Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar, Essays by Loretta Yarlow and Deepak Talwar, Published by University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.
  2. ^ The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA.
  3. ^ a b The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
  4. ^ Bird Song, by Ranjani Shettar.
  5. ^ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SfMoMA), San Francisco, CA.
  6. ^ Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA), Boston, MA.
  7. ^ Khoj International, New Delhi, India.
  8. ^ Liverpool 10th Biennial, Liverpool, England.
  9. ^ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SfMoMA), San Francisco, CA.
  10. ^ Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.
  11. ^ 9th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France.
  12. ^ ARTPACE, San Antonio, TX.
  13. ^ Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
  14. ^ Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France.
  15. ^ Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK.
  16. ^ Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio.
  17. ^ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
  18. ^ Dewdrops and Sunshine, National Gallery of Victoria.
  19. ^ Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation, from the Editors of Phaidon Press.
  20. ^ Freeing the Line, Marian Goodman Gallery.