Form and Formless

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SummaryArtist Aditya Pande’s latest show is a mix media ensemble of vector drawings, digital art and impasto painting.

Artist Aditya Pande’s latest show is a mix media ensemble of vector drawings, digital art and impasto painting.

Artist Aditya Pande’s latest series of works — titled “Half-life” — is set under the overarching theme of circles. On one hand, the artist is inspired by vector drawings, mathematics and semiotics — the definite and the structured — and on the other, he intersperses them with amorphous, formless figures.

The use of mixed media-over-paper base and various components — such as digital photography, ink, tinsel and acrylic paint — help in achieving his purpose. Pande wants to address the contradictory process of the human mind in a language that is fittingly complex. “I tend to articulate inadequacies while simultaneously resolving the conflicts of collective thought. Circles are the result of such dialogues,” he explains.

“Half-life” is currently on view at Chatterjee and Lal, Colaba, and will go on till December 12. Pande’s language is intended to be open-ended, floating along lines of vagueness and he is not so much after the reaction as he is after his own artistic quest. About the only video installation of the show, he says, “I doubt if a projected image will be the answer; materially I think this needs to stay unresolved.”

His fondness for cryptic and puzzles is evident, with the constant interplay of circles and his attempts to rewrite familiar imagery. “Decoding individual works is not possible in any linear sense,” says the Delhi-based artist, who graduated from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

Aiding his multi-layered language is his knack for impasto — coats of paint so thick that it lends itself a visible texture. Some of them are extended beyond the paper and appear on the glass cover and forms an outline of shadow on the paperwork. It’s these elements — these formless, shapeless patch of acrylics — that infuse life into the digitally created gaping circles.

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