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Artist Aaditi Joshi Impresses in her First Solo Exhibition at TARQ

New Works by Aaditi Joshi

In Aaditi Joshi’s first solo exhibition at TARQ, titled, New Works, features the artist’s latest explorations that are a distinct departure from her earlier works.

In these sculptural paintings she uses repurposed polypropylene bags as a starting point from which she investigates formal, art historical concerns, including the grid and the frame. Her continued focus on materiality and form make for an impressive showing, in what is a new medium for the artist.

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While her focus here remains still on the formal aspects of materiality and painting, the works are a radical departure from her earlier works which were composed of painted, and subsequently melted plastic bags. Here, she uses upcycled bags, wood, and cement to create strikingly minimal, yet powerful works. The show is accompanied by a text by Birgid Uccia, entitled “Who is Afraid of Plastic?”

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In her essay, Uccia says, “The contrasts and conflicts of the city, its contradictions and uncontrollable expansion, unsolved tensions and dissonances, rapid changes and exchanges, constitute a vast phenomenon, incomprehensible in its totality. It is through the powerful language of art that Joshi enables the process of reading and imagining the city, a fascinating, poetic and monstrous entity, real and metaphorical at once, of which she as the Baudelarian spectator is herself a vital part.”

Have a look at some of the exclusive artworks below:

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02 Untitled (6),

2018 White Cement,

Polypropylene bags,

Resin and Stainless steel mesh armature

28 x 27 x 1 inches

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03 Untitled (17),

2018 Polypropylene Bag, Wood

31 x 31 x 3 inches

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03 Untitled (9), detail, 2018

Polypropylene bag, wood

32 x 30 x 5 inches

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03 Untitled (9), 2018

Polypropylene bag, wood

32 x 30 x 5 inches

About the Artist: Aaditi Joshi

Aaditi Joshi (b.1980) holds a G.D Art in drawing & painting from L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai. Recently, she had a solo show, New Works at TARQ, Mumbai (2019). Her other solo shows include New Works at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India, (2011-12) ; Recent works, Museum Gallery, Mumbai, India, (2007) and Zero Opacity, Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai in 2005.

Joshi has participated in several group shows, some of which include Waste Land, curated by Birgid Uccia, TARQ, Mumbai, India, 2018; Megacities Asia, curated by Al Miner and Laura Weinstein, Museum of Fine Arts, (MFA) Boston, USA, 2016; ‘Midnights Grandchildren’ a group Show curated by Girish Shahane at studio X, Mumbai 2014, (M)other India, Galerie du Jour – Agnès B., Paris, France, 2011; India Art Summit, presented by Gallery Maskara, New Delhi, India, 2011 and Moonwalk , Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India, 2009.

All images are copyright of Aaditi Joshi and TARQ Mumbai.

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