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Boomerang

A review of the exhibition ‘Boomerang’ that is being held from September 20 to October 16, 2019 at Tao Art Gallery in Mumbai.

Michal Raz, Drip Drop. © Michal Raz. All Images Courtesy of the Artists and Curaty Ltd.
The concept of macro versus micro is given a new life through the works of Michal Raz (Israel) and Viraj Mithani (India) in the show Boomerang at the Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai. Curated by Sneha Shah, director at Curaty Ltd, the exhibit is a visual melange of cultures, histories and inspirations. 

Viraj Mithani, Chogas, Calamity and Victory (Detail), Vinyl and monoprint on paper, 44″ x 30″, 2019. © Viraj Mithani. All Images Courtesy of the Artists and Curaty Ltd.
Like the paper cut-outs of Henri Matisse and Benode Behari Mukherjee, the collage works of Mithani and Raz surpass boundaries and effortlessly create a cross-continental connect. While Matisse worked in France, Benode worked in West Bengal, making the similarities in their artistic approaches quite a remarkable coincidence. 

Michal Raz, Things That I Can’t Say No1. © Michal Raz. All Images Courtesy of the Artists and Curaty Ltd.
In an interview for Art Verge magazine, Raz said, ‘As my paintings are dealing with order and disorder, some planning is necessary, but I leave plenty of space for randomness and playfulness which goes along with the dynamic nature of the works.’ This thought is incidentally boomeranged by Mithani’s portfolio, with the separation of perhaps source material. Each work collides vibrantly and yet ricochets off from the intensity of that impact. The momentum generated is electric and allows for a variety of meeting points, making the show quite intriguing. Even through the noise of the vivid spectrums, the visually formulated chaos brings the focus back to the theme quite elegantly.

Viraj Mithani, Stealing of the Garments (Chir Harana), Vinyl and monoprint on paper, 44″ x 30″, 2019. © Viraj Mithani. All Images Courtesy of the Artists and Curaty Ltd.
As Sneha added, ‘Boomerang is a harmonious meeting point where their works are presented side by side for the first time. Arriving at the same subject from opposite experiences, both artists tackle their individual confrontations, reflections and learnings of India within their works yet stay loyal to their stylistic trajectories.’ And so it is; be sure to visit if in the city!

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