Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrueke presents Passage, a solo show by Abir Karmakar. These free-standing double-sided paintings of cut out domestic walls, are two things at once. They are images of frozen time and objects in real time. Painted in the Trompe-l’œil tradition, they bridge two worlds – one seen through a camera lens and the other of the physical world.
Karmakar’s painting practice aligns with the continuing conversation around how to integrate and subvert the role of the
camera as a truth telling device. He turns the vastness of a stretched canvas surface into a map where the
disembodied eye travels laterally and vertically, contrasting how both human eyes and mirrored lenses are affected
by perceptual distortion. In his world, every square meter is meticulously re-presented, even the shallow world of
reflections on TVs, mirrors, and glass cabinets. Through a deft translation of light on a surface he brings us to places
in real time.
Find out more about the show here.