Sakshi Gallery is delighted to present line drawings by the Baroda-based artist Ankush Safaya, in his debut solo, Anantata – Hymns of Graphical Notation. The exhibition previews on April 25 and will run through May 31, 2019.
After quitting his corporate job, Safaya took up full-time art practice. He began to draw on his earlier engagement with engineering - which lies at the core of his practice - and experimented with form and structure as major components to deliver his pictorial content. He is equally fascinated by the flow of rhythms - the rhythm of a spider weaving its web day after day; cities that are an amalgamation of structured shapes and forms holding rhythms of human energies; the ticking of a clock that can merge with the rhythm of his own heartbeat. Through his work, Safaya examines such organic, physical and metaphysical dimensions, employing the rhythmic pattern of lines.
For Safaya, musical pieces of composers like Arvo Part and John Cage, and visuals in the image making of filmmakers like Andrei Tarkovsky and Akira Kurosawa create infinite echoes that have myriad transmutations. Likewise, when he looks at the heritage he is part of as a young Indian artist, the work of Nasreen Mohammedi speaks to him of similar associations.
The works presented in Anantata – Hymns of Graphical Notation are akin to echoes of amplified musical notes, which hold complexity in varied microscopic degrees within time. The tautness of a line that stretches from one end of the surface to the other, suggests its reverberations from the play off with other lines, in a seemingly infinite space of existence. Through these works, Safaya seeks to open up nuanced spaces of discourse with the viewer via the personal interplay of individual experiences decoding the works.
About the Artist:
Ankush Safaya was born in 1985 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, and graduated as an Electronics and Communication engineer from MIMIT, Jalandhar in 2007. He began his artistic career with an apprenticeship with a New Delhi-based artist in 2012. In 2015, he moved to Vadodara as a resident artist at The Collective Studio Baroda, hosted by Rekha Rodwittiya & Surendran Nair, where he continues to reside and work. In the last few years, Safaya has been part of various group exhibitions, most notably, ‘Four Conversations in the Room’ curated by Rekha Rodwittiya at the Sakshi Salon in 2018, ‘The Sacred And The Profane,’ a two person show at Sakshi Gallery in 2017, and ‘Five for the Future’ at Nature Morte in 2013. He was also a runner up of the Glenfiddich Emerging Artist Award in 2013.
Safaya has recently been invited to the Tie Conference 2019 at Santa Clara, California by the Motwani Jadeja Foundation to present his work and a master class to the fellows of the Rajeev Circle fellowship program. This will be followed by an artist in residence program in 2019 in New York, hosted by the Motwani Jadeja Foundation.