The Mazecollective Studio (New Delhi). 19.11.2021 / 21.11.2021
Abhaya Rajani and Sam McNeil, Achia Anzi, Asim Waqif, Carla Wright, Clair Joy, Gigi Scaria, Hannah Dinsdale, Hot Desque (Neena Percy and Lizzy Drury), Jemma Egan, Kiran Mungekar, Mike Marshall, Mitali Sancheti, M. Pravat, Ole Hagen, Ritu Sood, Rutuja Siddam, Sarah Kate Wilson, Sculptors and Sailors (Donald Smith and Peter Fillingham), Sreenivas Kuruganti, Sukanya Ghosh, Susanta Mandal, Tanya Maheswari, Ted le Swer, Uzma Mohsin, Xintong Zhang.
Co-curated by Ashish Sahoo and Jasone Miranda-Bilbao.
8x4. It glows ligh, view of the installation at the Mazecollective Studio
8x4. It glows light takes place under the night sky in the roof terrace of the Maze Collective Studio; an artist run space with special interest in analogue photography. Non-digital photographic methods work by coating a surface, normally paper, with an emulsion of silver halide salts that are sensitive to light. The image results from placing an object or negative close to the prepared surface and exposing it to light. In a darkroom, this surface is then washed with chemicals that carve out an image and gradually an object may appear as if in space. Hot metals glow from incandescence but most of the inorganic materials that we associate with ‘glow in the dark’ contain inorganic phosphors that absorb light from energy visible in the ultra violet wavelength of the spectrum and re-emit it in the dark. The phosphorus of the material oxidizes or reacts with the oxygen in the air and this transforms the absorbed energy into visible light. Some living organisms such as fireflies and jellyfish, for example, are bioluminescent and they come into the world by projecting light. They contain luciferase, an enzyme that interacts with calcium and other chemicals present in their bodies resulting in light. This gives them a photographic quality that mimics the way images appear in the darkness of the photographic studio from the paper outward.
The artworks at It glows light emit light. Artists have taken existing works and leftovers from previous projects and exhibitions and readapted them for the occasion - old images are being repainted, objects that were lying around in the studio, perhaps unresolved, are taking a new turn, the sound and colour saturation of moving images has been tweaked etc. Some changes might be non-reversible.
Last few months of relating to the world largely through the screens of our computers have dramatically altered our relation with the analogue and with things that can be touched with the hands. The darkness of the night that wraps 8x4 isolates it from the outside and there seems to be no context; an allegory, perhaps, of the way we relate to one another in the virtual space of online media each glowing from within our own distant positions. It glows light challenges our relation with physicality and the stuff around us and with the processes that take place when three dimensional objects get on the way of a beam of light. 8x4 is a mobile exhibition space that uses one or more 8x4 sheets of MDF to house group exhibitions.
The Maze Collective Studio @themazecollectivestudio
Ashish Sahoo (www.ashishsahoo.in), @ashish6x7
Left to right Carla Wright, Sarah Kate Wilson, Asim Waqif, Susanta Mandal, Uzma Moshin, Gigi Scaria
Carla Wright Play After Dark, 2021. Black clay, LED lights. 11.5x10x2"
Sara Kate Wilson Glipse, 2021. 7 colour mirrors, reflective paint. Each 8.5x9", intallation variable
Sara Kate Wilson Glipse. The mirrors reflect light in the day, at night the paint can be activated by taking a photograph with the phone with flash
Asim Waqif Crush Prototype, 2021. Copper, radium strips. 4x1x6 ft
Susanta Mandal Here, the Air is not Thick with Moisture, 2021 Wet plate glass, iron , motor 18 x17 x 13”
Clair Joy Night Light:: Darkness Enveloping, Light Connecting (Delhi-London-Toronto)., 2021. 3 mirrored, luminous clocks. Each 3.5 x 3.5”, installation variable
Left to right Gigi Scaria, Uzma Mohsin, Clair Joy
Uzma Mohsin A night in Parataxis, 2021. 4 archival prints on light boxes, poem (QR code). Each 5x7"
Gigi Scaria Orbit of the Known World, 2013. Video, duration 5:30 min
Jemma Egan Imposter #4, 2021. Polyester canvas, high vis ribbon, cardboard box. 38x19x23"
Left to right Sculptors and Sailors, Jemma Egan, Mike Marshall, Xintong Zhang, Hot Desque, Ted le Swer, Ritu Sood, Srinivas Kuruganti, Ole Hagen
Sculptors and Sailors (Donald Smith and Peter Fillingham) Sculptors and Sailors for Daughters of Delhi, 2021. Fabric with photographic prints on fluorescent paper. 41x35"
8x4. It glows light, view at night
Ole Hagen Travellers 1, 2021. Acrylic, biro, pencil on greyboard, 23.4 x 16.5”. Travellers 8. 2021. Acrylic, biro, pencil on greyboard, 23.4 x 16.5”
Hot Desque (Neena Percy and Lizzy Drury) Desque Lamp, 2021. Acrylic paint, steel, green light bulb, cabling, cable ties. 14x17x5"
Left to right Mike Marshall, Xintong Zhang, Hot Desque
Xintong Zhang Invisible, 2021. Xinc plate printed on Somerset paper with real plants, luminous PLA. 9.8x9.8"
Left to right Srinivas Kuruganti, Ole Hagen, Hot Desque
Srinivas Kuruganti Wishing on Dandelions, 2021. Archival print in light box. 5.5x7.8"
Mike Marshall Sugar Cube, 1997-2021. Glass bowl, sugar cubes, LED light. Size 11 x 11 x 7”
Ted le Swer GoNotice, 2019. 4KHD 1:13 min
Left to right Ted le Swer, Ritu Sood Mandala of Awakening, 2021. Pigment and glow paint on watercolour paper. 11.8x8.3". Ole Hagen
Left to right Mitali Sancheti, Rutuja Siddam, Hannah Dinsdale, M.Pravat, Achia Anzi, Kiran Mungekar, Sukanya Ghosh, Abhaya Rajani and San McNeil
Sukanya Ghosh After Glow, 2021. Photo fragments, copper plate, 35 mm negative film, botanical illustrations and looped animation. 12.5x16". Rutuja Siddam An Echoe of Still Life, 2021. POP, white cement, water, clay, glow photoluminescent phosphor powder and paint, art book. 12 x 8 x 2.5”and 12 x 8” . Mitali Sancheti Wish Box, 2021. Acrylic sheets, neon paints, paper cheats, light bulb. 6 x 6”
Left to right Hannah Dinsdale, M.Pravat, Achia Anzi
To the left M.Pravat Untitled (6-14), 2016. Mixed media on paper. 12x8". To the right Hanna Dinsdale
Hanna Dinsdale Violet to Blue, 2021. Hand dyed cotton, led light, 3D eco-resin print, sand. 4x4"
Achia Anzi Untitled, 2021. Light bulb, Arduino board. 8x12", installation variable. The light projects a Morse code message
8x4. It glows light, view at night
Tanya Maheswari disrupt/reconcile, 2021. Video projection, looped
Mitali Sancheti Wish Box, 2021. Acrylic sheets, neon paints, paper cheats, light bulb. 6x6"
Abhaya Rajani and Sam McNeil Video Call, 2021. Digital video installation, duration 1:44 min