Art Heritage presents The Firing Line, a group exhibition featuring ceramic works from seven contemporary artists.
Curated by Kristine Michael, this is the first exhibition at the gallery after the COVID-19 pandemic, exclusively focused on ceramics, reaffirming the gallery’s commitment to the medium. The exhibition showcases seven contemporary artists from India – Aarti Vir, Devesh Upadhyay, Khanjan Dalal, Panthini Thaker, Sandeep Manchekar, Ray Meeker and Ruby Jhunjhunwala – whose use of the medium as a major vehicle of expression demonstrates the pluralistic approaches to the contemporary ceramic discourse. They span multiple generations, often connected to one another’s past histories. The works take on multiple expressions – not just related to the shape, colour or finish, but also how they are meant to be viewed – many of the works are framed and envisioned to be hung on the wall, like paintings, rather than being displayed as sculptures on pedestals or directly on the floor. The works foreground the establishing of new parameters and an agenda for a fresh vision of practice that strives for a modern idiom asserting itself independently from clay’s historical connection with the vessel – so that the material is dynamised and brought into the realm of a new language!