New Delhi- In a bid to celebrate 25 years of art, the New Delhi-based Threshold Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition of “Between Light and Shadow: Travels Through an Indian Landscape” by Pandit Khairnar (until May 1, 2022 – India Art Fair Parallel Display).
Recent works on canvas and paper walk a path of memories – feeling the sun and the shadows of clouds cast on the desert or mountains, the cool crisp morning air, and hearing the sound of a running stream. There is an intuitive feeling about the scale in his large paintings that encourage emotional memories.
Khairnar’s new subtle graphite works on paper impose skillful graduated tonal values using horizontal lines to create a strong sense of space and form. If the horizontal lines suggest distance and calm, the broken lines express the ephemeral or the insubstantial. To be able to capture the sensibility of a landscape with such an economy of means is not only a remarkable testament to the power of line as an expressive force, but also an illustration of Khairnar’s exceptional drawing skills. His series of graphite studies lead the viewer
through a process of abstraction, refining form, tone and texture to extract the essence of his color field painting using pure line.
He builds the image layer upon layer until they establish a foreground with a dense intertwining of lines and uses this as a device to draw your gaze to the illusion of depth created by the work. It is an abstract calligraphy of expressive lines drawn on the surface of the paper with an interplay between positive mass and negative space that accentuates their spatial drama.
The artist says: “What is simple is really complex and it becomes visible to us and only emerges at a later stage, even if one starts with this feeling of something that is only abstract in form. . It only becomes real to us when it manifests as something cognitive, but not necessarily a mirror image of what is visible to the naked eye.
The compelling techniques used by Pandit persuade the viewer to engage in the impossible search for rational meaning. He adapts his compositional approach to incorporate a grid-like arrangement, which not only affords him more control over the spatial organization of his work, but also referenced natural horizontals and verticals of rural and urban landscapes. The influence of the grid underlies the composition of his works on paper and gives him a point of reference to observe the effects of reconfiguration of the elements of the work on a series of images.
The artist emphasizes: “For me, art is an emotional response to my perception. Nature is always stable with its properties, but the visible changes are only external. It is also a complete union of what I understand as medium, material, idea and intention to form a harmonious relationship, a narrative of human expression. (IANS)