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Sheela Gowda, Therein & Besides
Iniva, London (UK).

19.01 -12.03.2011

07.09 - 25.11.2012

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Press release

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is proud to present the first solo exhibition in the UK by Bangalore based artist Sheela Gowda at Rivington Place. This exhibition juxtaposes two major worksn giving the viewer an insight into the artist's practice, her thought process and methodology. A new commission entitled off all people (2011) is installed in the main gallery (PS1) and Collateral (2007) is shown on the second floor in (PS2).

Having trained as a painter in the early 1990s, Gowda moved into sculpture and installation, developing an aesthetic language able to respond to the complexity of the world, including its violence and contradictions. Often she begins her projects by selecting a material and testing out its physical as well as conceptual attributes. What will the material do? How can it be transformed? What structures does it make possible? This often results in works pared down to abstract forms that remove the material from its social and economic context, but contain a residue of its source, which is made perceptible to the viewer.

'I work towards layers of meaning while trimming the form to the extent possible, where the reference or the source is suggested but not stated literally.' Sheela Gowda

Collateral (2007) has been produced using the substance employed in the making of incense sticks, which is moulded into forms and then burnt leaving a residue of ash. Spread out across the eight frames on which this process has taken place, the work gives rise to a series of engineered and accidental correspondences between its various elements, and has the appearance of a charred landscape viewed from above.


Exhibition 19 January - 12 March 2011. Iniva at Rivington Place - London EC2A 3BA. Tel.: +44 (0)20 7749 1240. Public opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday,Friday: 11am - 6pm, Late Thursdays: 11am - 9pm (last admission 8.30pm), Saturday: 12noon - 6pm, Admission: free.

Sheela Gowda, Therein & Besides, Iniva, London

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved

Past works by the artist include And tell him of my pain (1998) a long red cord produced from many individual threads coated with glue and red pigment and colled around the gallery touching the floor, walls and celling, making sensory and allegorical collections between divergent points. Its presence alludes variously to the internal organs of the body, the sinuous strength and flexibility of a creeper or cord and the variegated movements of a Pollock drip painting.

For the installation Kagebangara (2007), Gowda sourced tar drums from road workers and used these alongside yellow a,d blue plastic tarpaulins to produce a composition in colour and form. On closer inspection this installation reveals spaces that echo the ones used to sleep in - the artist attuning her materials towards on the one hand an abstract sculpture and on the other a particular urban scenography.