Durational Drawing

The durational drawing encounters “time as space” and is done within a period of 10 continuous days from 10am to 5pm each day. It departs from my pre existing concerns on drawing – “Drawing on paper reflects a series of concerns prompted by repetitive action both fuelled by internal (somatic & psychic) and external (drawing & environment) phenomena simultaneously. While making repetitive patterns using the line as form, both mind and body is engaged as machine – moving in methodical, rhythmical motion – mind in a confined space, while the body aided by two tools (pen & ruler) that while making the straight line endures the pain, heightened by the awareness of the self, the surface and the activity.”

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Durational Drawing #1
Ink on archival Paper
2016
10 days 10 am – 5 pm

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Durational Drawing #2
Ink on archival Paper
2017
10 days 10 am – 5 pm

Notes on Movement

Movement of the body in architectural spaces is based on the designed plan constructed by the architects. There’s not much escape from the designed plan and everyone creates similar walking patterns and performing on set guidelines. Responding to that, Notes on Movement started with experiencing body as a generator of both understanding and producing the drawing in architectural spaces.

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Notes on Movement #1
Graphite on Mylar
2012-2013
Let’s Proceed in Parts, Instituto Cervantes
The drawing was done in 2012-2013 and is approximately 95’ in length and is akin to frame by frame animation. The length of the drawing and the movement within the drawing invites the viewer to move forth and back. The pattern with in the drawing starts and end on the same frame, with slow transitory movement in between changing slowly frame by frame. Per frame movement in the drawing is only noticeable after passing by few frames. The drawing thus generates a certain movement forth and back within 95’ long distance and creates another pattern to move within the set conditions of the space.

Notes on Movement #2
12:36
2016
Artist process, 1after320
The drawing was performed in a space where the space and its constraint parameters becomes the generator of constraint forms, and body becomes the medium to create and erase the drawing simultaneously. Drawing is based on the set of precise instructions, both clockwise and anticlockwise, creating basic geometric forms in a rhythmic pattern.

Extending The Line

Extending The Line” started in 2013 while on a residency in Mumbai. It started with an encounter of lines, forms, gradation and shapes, which build up to certain composition through pure interaction between structural elements in the space and daylight and time. While making these, certain question like “what is drawing?” started to occur. Does the medium define a drawing or other elements like line, form, shade, structure defines drawing? These are compositions constructed by light in a particular space at a particular time added with conscious awareness to look at them as drawings. The interest in these lines and forms also raised the question of presence and absence/ real and unreal. The photographs are not suggesting much about the built environment but highlighting the construction of forms and tonal variations, which seems to get visually constraint, resulting empty space around the composition.

This formed next extension where the empty space in the new composition gave space to the lines in the photographs to extend and move beyond the frame, and thus responsive drawing coming in. This is also important as what the space of the paper means in context of other spatial explorations.

This work partially/ collectively was further composed in different spaces. Further extension of the line from paper in space was a response to “how space produces modes of thinking around drawing”.

This work is in continuous process of exploring the parameters of space – the physical space – the space of the paper – and again extending to the physical space.

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Extending the Line – Photographs
Digital Print on Hehnemuhle Paper

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Extending the Line – Drawings
Oil Pastel, Etching and Digital Print on Archival Paper

Extending the Line – Site Specific #1 – 2013
Khoj Peers Share, Khoj International Artist Association

Extending the Line – Site Specific #2 – 2015
Private Collection

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Extending the Line – Site Specific #3 – 2015
Phenomenology of Perception, Exhibit320

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