Crystal City | Jagannath Panda

19 August -  12 September, 2017


Vadehra Art Gallery is pleased to announce ‘Crystal Cities’, a solo exhibition of new works by Jagannath Panda. The artist will be showing after a hiatus of seven years in New Delhi. The exhibition will be on view at Vadehra Art Gallery between 19 August and 12 September, 2017. It will subsequently travel to the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai, from 27 September to 29 October, 2017.

Drawing from the tensions of urbanized environments, Panda intricately synthesizes terrains made of painted images interspersed with fabric collages and sculptures. Exploring foliage is a recurring motif in the works as they become signifiers of aspirations and utopia that clash within the chaos of the urban city. Animals become extensions of humans wherein they depict human psychology and behavior. Using simple and seemingly direct imageries portrayed in a naturalistic manner, Panda explores his concerns with urbanisation and dislocation, social and economic injustice, and shifts in cultural paradigms today.

Panda describes his process as that of alchemy; where he takes pre-existing objects, materials and images, to produce almost fantastical or morphed kind of spaces. The materiality of his references is intrinsic to the discomfort and contradictions that he seeks to create in his compositions. For example, in his painting series titled ‘Arid Terrains’ which will be on display, a material like fabric that is soft and flexible, is cut and pasted onto the canvas in shapes that resemble hard, rigid geological forms. The metallic texture of these jagged shapes intimidates the vast dreamlike landscape in the background; just as the aggression of iron ore mining in an untouched forest.

Another set of paintings comprise house plans with optical diagrams crisscrossing the interiors, and images of collectible items and souvenirs that lie scattered and disconnected. The works seek to address the private-public, inside-outside relationship that the society tries to establish in a chaotic, aspirational lifestyle. The wooden panels are an extension of this idea, where each shelf has an architectural reference with objects and old photographs placed inside.

Most of Panda’s materials are sourced from things used in home décor and interior design. On display are also sculptures- made of diverse materials such as wood, found objects, toys

and fabric to create large columnar structures. Simulating the busts of important people on a pedestal, Panda creates large busts of birds alluding to structures of power in society.

Jagannath completed his BFA from B K College of Art & Craft, Bhubaneshwar in 1991 and MFA from M S University, Baroda in 1994. He was a visiting researcher at Fukuoka University of Education, Fukuoka, Japan in 1997 as well as a recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi Research Fellowship, Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship, and Junior Research Fellowship, Government of India. He completed MFA in Sculpture from Royal College of Arts London in 2002. He has received several awards such as the Centre Prize, C.I.I.C London, All Inia Fine Arts and Crafts Society award, New Delhi, Alice Boner Memorial award, All India Drawing Award from Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi and Orissa State Lalit Kala Akedemi. He has participated in the Khoj International Residency, Delhi and International City des’Art, Paris. Panda has had multiple solo shows since 1998; in Tokyo, Mumbai, New Delhi, London, Berlin and San Francisco, in addition to numerous national and international group shows. He was part of a community project in 2014, ‘We Are Here for A Reason’; a community based art project at Barbil, Odisha. He was also involved with collaborative projects such as the Lime Tree Grove project in 2001, and the Spirit of Ground in 1998. Panda’s works are in several collections such as the GVK Mumbai International Airport, Mori Art museum, Fukuoka, Lalit Kala Akademi, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, and Hindustan Times, New Delhi, and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi. The Artist lives and works in Delhi.