Just pulling the final elements together for the exhibition ‘Redefining the Artistic Canon: Aesthetic and Cultural Communication in a Global Age’ at the Jing Shi Gallery, Beijing.
The three drawing works in this exhibition are from my involvement in ‘New Models for Common Ground’ at the Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts, Delhi February 2014. The film is a document of my various ‘sweep walks’ contouring the pavements and gutters, streets and back lots around Connaught Place in September 2014 as part of my project reimagining of cultural sites of Delhi, called ‘A Place of Possibility’. The drawings map my various drifts in and around the sites.
As an idea the work seems filled with painstaking futility – there is little evidence of actual cleaning – it appears to be purposefully purposeless. However, the sweeping is carried out with a diligence and attentiveness to the job that seems at odds with the apparent situation at hand. This activates a potential for meaning to be created by a viewer through a continuous process of purpose forming which is initiated and then refuted, and discarded (Hughes).
This is an ongoing project – a work in progress – which draws the viewer into direct encounter with the artist’s considerations about how to take art closer to the place of making and in so doing, disclose a poetic of space and encounter.