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S. Harshavardhana, Untitled, 2023, Mixed media on canvas

Sense, Symmetry & the Sacred: Vijay Shinde & S. Harshavardhana

May 19-June 15, 2023

Tao Art Gallery, 165, The View, Dr Annie Besant Rd, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Tao Art Gallery is pleased to share the culmination of a powerful body of works by artists Vijay Shinde & S. Harshavardhana for the very first time at their latest exhibition Sense, Symmetry & the Sacred.

Artists Vijay Shinde and Harshavardhan Swaminathan’s art has been created from this distinct sense guidance. There is no end destination or product in mind, only a natural movement of the hand completely disconnected from logical strategy. The repetition that we can see of these symbols is evidence of an almost trancelike process that is a deep kind of meditation for the artist. The works however are rarely quiet and both achieve nuance and intensity in their depictions – triggering a cathartic outburst of emotions in the viewer. While the symmetry is pleasing, the work itself isn’t supposed to be comfortable, it is supposed to be a catalyst for introspection. The vibrant yet dark colours, the messy, unpredictable strokes and the mirroring of pattern showcase dichotomy. This is a reflection of us and our world, a sort of triggering that only very few spaces can achieve. The sacred ones.