Chainsaw Bread: Coexistence of nature and man
Simran KS Lamba, an avid short filmmaker, theatre person, creative writer, and television director is now making waves with his artworks and sculptures. His solo exhibition, titled "Chainsaw Bread", will be held from February 21 – 27, 2018 at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
At a time when the world is dealing with pressing issues like "climate change" and "global warming" due to rampant destruction of natural habitat and the spatial pressures faced by flora and fauna, Lamba presents his new body of works which tends to set a new domain for sculptures while highlighting some of the most vexatious issues that bothers researchers, scientists as well as human beings all across the world.
The exhibition showcases a 'Tree series of six copper and wood sculptures' along with a series of 15 paintings of coal on canvas, that mirror the earth and the destruction of trees and the environment in the hands of time and man.
"Art is my nicotine," affirms Simran KS Lamba " My motivation is the wish to unite the innate beauty of multiple textures and treatments…brought out through form, dimensions, perspective, and storytelling; taking the shape of the content that I want to express and explore".
'The Tree Series' are a set of sculptures that are created out of copper, wood , brass, and convex mirrors. The sculptures have a strong ecological echo and bring back the words of the famed John Milton when he wrote Paradise Lost. The works also explore the subject of 'rampant deforestation' and its impact on our individual psyches by posing questions of 'anonymity' and 'causality'.
By limiting his palette to one colour at times and applying dense layers of crayons in an all-over treatment, he downplays the hand of the artist and creates a cohesive choreography in which he points to painting's capacity to convey immaterial concepts like energy fields within the landscape of the human mind.
"Coal tar over a canvas is fascinating. It becomes the source for completion of the objective because Simran couldn't have envisioned what that would be like without the materiality of the ideation of colour tones that could be adjacent to black. " says curator of the show Uma Nair.