The human body, an expressive space, serves as a medium of perception for the world. Bodily experience gives perception a meaning beyond that established simply by thought. This sense of expressive body spatiality has been brought out by Puneet Kaushik in his latest show, a collection of multimedia works from 1998 to 2014.
The exhibition on display at Vis à Vis- Gallery takes us on a journey through Kaushik’s world of steel. The artist uses crocheted and woven steel wires with very fine wire mesh, also dabbling with latex rubber and fur. Often embroidered with beads, Kaushik’s canvases are not dense with forms, but instead, the interlocking spaces in his works lend a certain air of silence. Driven by a single idea or concept, injecting an element of exploration, with materials offering their own guiding agency, Kaushik marks a posture of difference by experimenting with multiple forms and materials.
He has presented age-old traditional techniques such as knitting, crochet and embroidery, as a means of talking about the self. “The guiding concept behind the majority of my works has been around the idea of identity,” says Kaushik.
The colour red presents itself rather flamboyantly in the artist’s work, especially in Tied Up in Knots — an installation crafted out of steel wire and laundry tags, and Twins (coral beads on fabric, crochet with steel wire). Red symbolises the blood that flows under the skin, which is universal irrespective of caste, colour, creed, and gender. He’s taken an object that has a ‘cold’ perception, and distinctively moulded it in such a fashion that it vocalises fragility, delicacy and tenderness. “My work is therapeutic and so the process is more important. It works like meditation for me. On some works I have worked for almost seven years,” he says.
With the intention of exploring life through his work, Kaushik uses metaphors to redefine it. For instance, in one piece, the crocheted forms with long lengths of latex rubber hang from the ceiling creating an enigma; the mystery of the ‘self’ unveils as it goes through thorny and problematic conditions when uprooted from its comfort zone.
The exhibition is on display at Vis à Vis- Gallery 2, North Drive, DLF Chattarpur Farms, Khasra No.755/212, till March 10, between 11 am to 7 pm.
The reporter is a student of EXIMS