Art Stage Singapore

At Art Stage Singapore, 1x1 will exhibit works by six contemporary artists Biju Joze, Bose Krishnamachari, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Dilip Chobisa, G R Iranna and G Ravinder Reddy.

The multilayered relationship between man and object in the real world is one of the central focuses of Biju Joze’s art. He subjects the original form of an object to several manipulations, playing with scale, function and context. The subsequent narrations are the result of a process of fragmentation and reconstruction, through concept and material.

Bose Krishnamachari’s oeuvre is experimental and constantly evolving. In his drawings of individual portraits, we see a face that appears beneath the unyielding grid of realism. In his “Stretched Bodies” series, the absence of the body resound through the blocks, waves and swashes of neon color, disintegrating the boundaries between what is natural and what is man made. The bodies and ghosts he refers to are not just traces of the physical, but engage in a kind of historical record as well.

In Mazumdar’s work he image/body breaks up into a collection of signs, delving into the minutiae of detail rather than a coherent whole. The pictures are made up of photo-memories, of visual impressions left in Chittrovanu Mazumdar’s mind. His paintings are richly textured, while his photographs show the permeation of dark into light. The artist uses these hues of grey and segues into darkness to reveal the generative quality of black and the ways it can reveal rather than conceal. This line of questioning allows Mazumdar to consider varied historical references in his artistic practice.

Dilip Chobisa’s works are neither paintings, nor sculptures they tread the narrow path between the play of light and shadow, recession and protrusion, and mystery and revelation. A fascinating amalgam of relief and painting/drawing and lighting that is the simplest way they can be described.

G R Iranna is an artist whose work transcends the boundaries of time and space. Many of Iranna's paintings depict pain as an abstract force that is translated visually in bruised textures and razor sharp cutting edges. His painting has always been far removed from an overriding, postmodern logic. Instead, Iranna uses the idealistic, representative and modernist language of Indian contemporary art.

Ravinder Reddy explores co-existing contemporary and traditional elements in his brightly coloured, sensually evocative, larger than life creations. Reddy’s images of women, couples and families explore the human body as a site of social, sexual, religious and cultural identity. Often he contemporizes images of traditional Indian goddesses and deifies contemporary Indian women, thus raising conflicting issues of desire, lust, reverence and worship.