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A review of the exhibition ‘Perfect’ that was held from July 20 to August 11, 2019 at the Method Gallery, Kala Ghoda in Mumbai.

‘Defiant subculture has always bred great artists,’ says Sahil Arora, gallerist and owner of Method at Kala Ghoda that hopes to nurture this trend by introducing artists who challenge the notion of a traditional gallery space by creating works that radically differ from the formalist language of the white cube. 

Installation view of the exhibition Perfect at the Method Gallery. Image Courtesy of the Artist and Method Gallery, Mumbai

Their opening show – Perfect – by visual artist and graphic designer Aniruddh Mehta was an interesting take on the conversion of a design sensibility into an artistic one. The designs were quite reminiscent of batik stripes, bringing us back to the idea of nature and natural processes. As a ‘bold’ expression of black ink on paper, we are reminded of the Rorschach test, a visual experiment that allows the mind to ponder upon the images derived from apparently random patterns. The high contrast between the black-and-white paper canvas resonated with the motions of the tide that ebbs and flows endlessly, creating an abstract but formulative language, while the earthy grit of the instinctively crafted spaces became reminiscent of an eternal duality. 

Aniruddh Mehta, from the series Perfect, Acrylic on paper, varied sizes. Image Courtesy of the Artist and Method Gallery, Mumbai.

Perfect showcases a series of acrylic paintings that explore the interconnectivity of repetition, erosion, rhythm and texture. It opens dialogue regarding an individual’s need to strive for what is considered to be perfect and the acceptance of imperfections inherent in the process of creation,’ explained Arora. 

Aniruddh Mehta, from the series Perfect, Acrylic on paper, varied sizes. Image Courtesy of the Artist and Method Gallery, Mumbai.

Mehta, also known for his commercial projects with Puma, Redbull, Adidas and even as the title designer for the show, Sacred Games on Netflix, brings his inherent ability to convey a sense of the unknown. The ethereal quality of ink on paper invites us to explore his neatly packaged amalgamation of ideas that are tied, quite effortlessly, with a ribbon of serenity.

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