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Ganesh Haloi: A Space Left Behind

November 4, 2022-January 14, 2023
Ganesh Haloi (born 1936) is a Kolkata-based artist, born in Jamalpur, Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh). He moved to Calcutta in 1950, following the Partition of India. The trauma of displacement left its mark on his work, as it did on that of other painters of his generation. Since then, his art has exhibited an innate lyricism coupled with a sense of nostalgia for a lost world. In 1956, he graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta. In the next year, he was appointed by the Archaeological Survey of India to make copies of Ajanta murals. Seven years later, Haloi returned to Calcutta. From 1963 until his retirement, he taught at the Government College of Art and Crafts. He has been a Member of The Society of Contemporary Artists, Calcutta since 1971.

He participated in several group exhibitions in India, Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece & Kassel, Germany; Architecture of Life at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archives in Berkeley, California; 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in Berlin; A Special Arrow Was Shot in the Neck at David Roberts Art Foundation in London; and over the edge, crossing the line five artists from Bengal at KNMA in Delhi. He is represented by Akar Prakar Kolkata and New Delhi, and has had various solo exhibitions in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, and New York including Re-citing Land at The Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai in collaboration with KNMA, Delhi 2022; The Architectonics of Form at Akar Prakar Kolkata and New Delhi in 2022, Form & Play at Asia Week New York in 2020, to name a few.

Akar Prakar New Delhi

The Architectonics of Form: Scrolls by Ganesh Haloi

November 23, 2022-Janaury 10, 2023
“Haloi’s architectonics derives from the process of integrality. To experience and express nature as a whole. Synchronizing its lyricism, rhythm, resonance, structurality and poetics into a coherent formula…The void/space impregnated with dhvani, gives birth to this pulsating architectonic of form,” writes Jesal Thacker, exhibition curator.

The scrolls by Ganesh Haloi, are cartographic mappings of the layered sensations that have impressed upon him for decades. Beginning with the steady lyricism of Ajanta murals, resonant whispers of the varying landscapes, rhythmicity of the alpana forms, structurality of manmade interventions and the poetics of space. The architectonics of his visual forms are derived from and yet not limited by these layered impressions and the scrolls presented for the first time in this exhibition extends the survey into the dynamics of space as sound.

There are two primary aspects that trigger the perceptive construction of the forms in Haloi’s scrolls. One is the aspect of space as perceived by the Chinese artist, enhancing the void with the minimalistic spontaneous brush strokes that exemplifies the Daoist ideal of being in harmony with nature, devoid of the self. Dhvani, a theory of suggestions and revelations is the other binding element in Haloi’s composite forms and relations to space.

Haloi’s architectonics derives from the process of integrality. To experience and express nature as a whole. Synchronizing its lyricism, rhythm, resonance, structurality and poetics into a coherent formula. This process abstracts the physicality of forms, and its psychological translucency of meanings and sensations into a sonic algorithm—enfolding, unfolding, and refolding the space-time flux into a continuous act of abstraction, until the self-image is integral to a visual formula of sonic symbolism. The void/space impregnated with dhvani, gives birth to this pulsating architectonic of form.

Re-citing Land | Ganesh Haloi: six decades of painting

The Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation
Exhibition: November 11, 2022-January 11, 2023

Opening: Friday, November 11, 2022, 6:30pm
Curated by Roobina Karode
In collaboration with Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
At the CSMVS Museum Amphitheatre, Mumbai
The exhibition opening at the Amphitheatre will be followed by the launch of a monograph and conversation with Natasha Ginwala, Roobina Karode, Jesal Thacker & Ganesh Haloi.