Indian artist Sunil Gawde will stage his solo exhibition id-od / inner dimension – outer dimension at Double Square Gallery in Taipei on 5 March 2016. This is the world première of his global tour exhibition which is scheduled to be on view successively in New York (June), Paris (October) and Morocco (December). Double Square Gallery is deeply honored to host the première, and accordingly invites renowned curator Sean C. S. Hu as the organizer and coordinator, and art critic Bo-Cheng Shen as the researcher for this elaborately organized exhibition. This solo exhibition comprises fourteen newly created works by Gawde, who believes that everything is two sided in nature – inside and outside. On the one hand, the meanings start out from the kernel, the origin, and gradually swirl outwards to form the outer circle. On the other hand, the outer circle is always revolving around the origin at the core. Through the art form he ingeniously developed, Sunil Gawde offers the viewer the opportunity to experience the visual haikus that possibly have played through his mind. By combining natural substances with artificial objects, the artist transforms his works into signs carrying symbolic implications, creating a universe built on new meanings.
Each work begins as short tales that reproach by its moral findings, the pitfalls one maybe snared by and possible crevices of light that may serve as hope in a spiritual quest that questions contemporary life in adult fables to arrive at explaining or explanations. Gawde relies on a certain neutrality and sound judgment almost as in a scientific experiment and its related apparatus; only to then turn it around like a shaman and slip the fantastic into it. The exercise serves to eke out a theory or phenomena that gratifies early psychoanalytical ideas of transference or on the other hand, the idea that the total energy of the universe, its life, remains constant, bringing home the artist's personal beliefs in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy and the idea of rebirth. In two of the kinetic works (id-od2 and id-od7) there are, what he calls as invisible movement. These works are mechanized but the viewer will miss it if he is not carefully involved them. Like the earth’s rotation that we cannot feel, these works have deep-seated implications making a reference to the ways of the Universe.
Sunil Gawde is an Indian contemporary artist who has attracted considerable attention of the international art community. He was invited to participate in the Venice Biennale 2009. His works have been collected by National Gallery of Modern Art, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Devi Art Foundation in India etc. He has long been focusing on the difference between reality and perception, as well as their connection and extension. He tends to express his inner self through sculptures, paintings, and kinetic installations that highlight the absurd, paradoxical, and contradictory nature of life with different sets of visually stimulating dualism such as, among other things, soft vs. hard, round vs. sharp, presence vs. absence, and sense vs. sensibility. Employing diverse materials and art forms though, the artist follows his consistent creative style that exudes an aura of clean and clear aesthetics. The materials for his artworks are primarily quotidian ready-mades such as light bulbs, windshield wipers, or magnifiers. Gawde tries to explore the most distinct possibilities of these ready-mades by analyzing their physical quality and size. He is an artist with poetic vision and skilled in building metaphorical tension when transforming the nature of objects. His artistic vocabulary transcends the confines of geographic regions and cultures. It not only gets in line with the local context, but also fits in with the international trends. His technique of expression perfectly blends sense with sensibility, which not only brings a touch of humor and charm but also encourages philosophical reflection.
Sean C. S. Hu earned his master’s degree in art administration from Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. He used to be the curator at Fubon Art Foundation and the chairman of the board of directors of the Association of the Visual Arts in Taiwan (AVAT). Hu currently teaches as an adjunct lecturer at National Taiwan University of Arts, and serves as a board member of JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture, a consultant to AVAT, a co-founder of VT Artsalon, the CEO of Hu’s Art Company, and a co-founder of Double Square Gallery. He is also an active curator in the art scene, and has been selected as Vogue People 101 (2009) and an Asian curator representative to Shanghai Art Fair (2008). His curatorial works won him several prestigious awards such as the 9th Taipei Urban Landscape Awards (2010), The 9th Art & Business Awards (2007), and the first prize of the 1st Public Art Awards. His recent curatorial works include Our Eyes (2015), Life Theater (Seoul, South Korea, 2014), Poetic Rationality, Warm Coldness – Hsu Jui-Hsien Solo Exhibition (New York, 2013), Insportsration (2013) and Seed Projects IV – Mind of Forms (2013).
Bo-Cheng Shen is a Ph.D. candidate of the Program in Art Creation and Theory, Tainan National University of the Arts. He is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Material Arts and Design, Tainan National University of the Arts, and an art critic with a broad background in chemistry, materials engineering, archaeology, economics, and curating. He used to serve as a project docent at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. His curatorial works include C23 Perception Layers (2010), Pattern of Art (2010), Kaohsiung International Steel and Iron Sculpture Festival – The Metallicity Style (2006), and Talking City – International Architectural Exhibition (2006). Shen has led several research, such as “Non-others: The Anthropology Map in Taiwan Contemporary Art Scenes” presented at Tainan National University of the Arts (2013), “Alternative Perception: The Creation of Contemporary Digital Art in Taiwan” presented at Stiftung Universität Hildesheim, Germany (2012), and “The Body and the Atopia: An Introduction to the Contemporary Art in Taiwan from 1987” presented at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (2009).