Spirit in the Inanimate
Shubha Taparia

Shubha Taparia / Pallets, 2019

The exhibition Spirit in the Inanimate presents a series of photographic images exploring details of Shubha Taparia’s current monumental studio installation ‘Silhouette of an Unknown Landscape.’ The interplay of light and shadows that defined the installation has, here, been translated into abstract images that draw attention to the chance patterns and materiality of the every day.

 

Shubha Taparia / Branch of a Tree, 2019

Inspired by encounters with sunlight on scaffolding seen in an urban environment, the installation transforms industrial materials typically used to conceal, support or contain, into ethereal aesthetic arrangements that reveal the magical quality of form and nature in serendipitous throws of light.

 

Shubha Taparia / Perforated Sheets, 2019

The new photographic works recall the photogram experiments of early 20th century pioneers such as Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, or the incisive exposure of x-rays. Composing these abstract landscapes much like a musical symphony, Taparia encourages the viewer to pause through visual harmonies, counterpoints, crescendos and moments of quiet. The weightlessness and the quiet of these images subvert our perceptions of a building site, revealing an unexpected beauty in the seemingly mundane, and thus continuing Taparia’s theme of exploring the everyday.

Born in Ahmedabad, India, Shubha Taparia has been living and working in London since 2001. After studying Visual arts and Music in India, she completed her post-graduation In Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London, in 2007.

 

Shubha Taparia / Ropes, 2019

Her most recent exhibitions include: Memories and Might, a collateral project of Kochi–Muziris Biennale at Kashi Art Gallery (2018); Silhouette of an Unknown Landscape (open studio and site-specific installation) at the artist’s studio, London (2018); “Performance” (Performance) at Slate Projects (Averard Hotel), London (2018); Prossalendi’s Britannia – Contemporary Perspective at the Ionian Academy, Corfu (2018); Point of Apoapsis curated by Shubha Taparia at Prahlad Bubbar Gallery, London (2017); Landscape and Silence, a collateral project of Kochi-Murziris Biennale (2016); Averard Hotel with Slate Projects, London (2016); solo show See In Your Mind’s Eye at Kashi Art Gallery in Kochi, India (2015). She was as a finalist of The Creekside Open 2013 selected by Paul Noble and hosted by APT Galleries, London UK (2013), as well as a finalist of the Mostyn Open at Mostyn Galleries, Llandudno, UK (2011).

 

Shubha Taparia: Spirit in the Inanimate
June 28, 2019 – July 26, 2019 / Prahlad Bubbar, London
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