Gallery Threshold shows Vipul Kumar’s solo exhibition

October 01, 2018

 

Delhi: Gallery Threshold is now presenting a solo exhibition of stoneware and porcelainbyVipul Kumar(September 22 to October 20, 2018).

"I rely on chemistry, alchemy and an element of hazard and risk, both in porcelain as well as clay,"—Vipul Kumar

Vipul Kumar’s robust stoneware sculptures and delicate porcelain work, are inspired by the environment. Both clay and stone are demanding in nature and have often been the stepchild of the art world because they are either difficult to accommodate or are relegated to the label of 'craft'. Kumar venerates clay and he is adept in raising the medium to the creative heights that it is deserving of.

His sculptures underline and foreground the threat of global warming, a looming fear because of massive deforestation. Aesthetically his works combine his knowledge as a stone carver in black marble with his recent encounter with ceramics.  His rough, unconventional forms bring back the epoch of antiquity while voicing contemporary concerns.

With a studio in the village, a tree-plantation drive in Rajasthan and a large-scale installation at the Mumbai airport, he is an earth warrior who champions awareness about the environment.

His large five piece sculpture is featured in the ongoing Ceramic Triennial at The Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur .

Vipul was born in the mythological town of Sitamarhi in Bihar in 1970 and currently lives in Jaipur. He studied for his BFA. and MFA in Sculpture from B.H.U., Varanasi in 1993 and 1995 respectively. He is the recipient of the Junior fellowship, the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in 2000 and research grant from Lalit Kala Academy, Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi in 2002. He received the National Culture Scholarship from the Ministry of HRD, Government of India in 1996.