A Tree of Illusion, Dry Pastle, eraser, paper on board, by Ganesh Gohain
A Tree of Illusion, Dry Pastle, eraser, paper on board, by Ganesh Gohain

This January at India Art Fair, don't miss Art Centrix Space's ‘The Signature in the Image’

Curated by Pranamita Borgohain and Monica Jain, the exhibition explores the impact of a signed artwork by showcasing works of India’s renowned contemporary artists

Monica Jain, curatorial-director of Art Centrix Space, presents ‘The Signature in the Image’, a collateral group show to celebrate art with Delhi, as the city becomes the pivot of art and its admiration with the commencement of India Art Fair. The show seeks to understand the implications of a signed image and will commence from January 22. It is curated by Delhi based curator Pranamita Borgohain and Monica Jain. There will also be a special VIP preview on Wednesday January 22, from 7-9 pm at Art Centrix Space, New Delhi.

A Map towards Infinity, 84 X 60 in Mixed media on canvas, by Ganesh Gohain

The momentous exhibition will feature works of eight artists including Kolkata-based Avijit Dutta, Kerala-based sculpturist Balagopalan Bethur, Delhi-based visual artist D Priyanka, Germany-based John Tun Sein, Mumbai-based Sachin Bonde along with Ganesh Gohain, Geroge Martin PJ, and Vijay Kadam. Their works are thoughtfully divided into two categories – one category of works will bear the signature of the artists and the other will be stripped off the signature. The participating artists thus are given a unique opportunity to present their works as a challenge to familiarity.

mythical creature  4, watercolour on paper, 5 X 7 in,  by D Priyanka

The show is curated with a purpose to let the audience to contemplate and ruminate when faced with artworks without a signature. Can a body of work created over a long span of an artist’s career and diverse, as it may be, make a well-attested, authoritative argument for the absolute need or not for an artistic signature required for familiarity? Thus, is the act of signing more about ownership and provenance or is it an influence of western thought considering ancient and medieval India didn’t have such a tradition?

Organic Field, teak wood, 30 X 10 x 10 in, by Vijay Kadam

The Signature in the Image show will spark and trigger greater questions around creativity, while seeking to examine if the artist’s signature is a truth intended to detach from or reinforce the idea of subjectivity. Taking this exhibition as a testing ground for critical questions that are so far unanswered in the art world, Borgohain says, “Does a signature cause a work to be Pre-conceived? Is a diverse body of work a means for an artist to assert independence to create, regardless of expectation and predictability?”

Jain adds, “We are seeking to help the artists intentionally search for meaning in the social context free from signature in defiance of ownership and labeling through visual representations. Does the first crystallized thought make it a so-called ‘signature’ or does the culmination of that thought make it so?”

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