Sunil Gawde is an Indian contemporary artist who has attracted considerable attention of the international art community. 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.
Text courtesy Double Square Gallery.
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