Method is smart in Kala Ghoda, house to some institutions that boast of being globally hipster by means of font, format and design, and to older retailers and companies that function in holes within the wall, the place no deeper that means is to be discovered, it’s what it’s. Located on the mezzanine ground in one of many buildings contained in the labyrinthine lanes of the neighbourhood, Sahil Arora’s city artwork house straddles the Bombay of the previous and Mumbai of at this time, and it’s this in between-ness that he hopes to have fun at Method.
“I run my own company that deals with branding, design and marketing, mostly with startups and new brands. That work constantly engages with concepts of identity. But Method doesn’t necessarily come with a set definition of what kind of space it is — it is determined with the artists we collaborate with. We don’t give the artist a brief, it’s not a transactional relationship where a gallery controls the narrative. I’ve always been fascinated by the way things are done, the process of making something and so, Method, as a name for this place felt apt. I have no training in running an art gallery and we’re just going to figure it out as we go,” says Arora, 32, who determined to take an previous workplace house that belonged to his household’s equipment business and remodel it. He stripped it naked until solely the beams and pre-Independence, colonial term-like columns remained, saved the ceiling intact whereas changing the cement flooring with hardwood, and positioned a lone tree trunk desk in the midst of the room. On the opening night time final week, Arora performed LPs on a turntable from his enviable document assortment that has additionally discovered a house in a nook of the gallery.
The setting is correct for Method’s first solo present, “Perfect”, that options works by Aniruddh Mehta, an impartial visible artist and graphic designer recognized to desi Instagram as thebigfatminimalist. “The name is ironic, because the work is not minimal, even though I work with forms and shapes. I picked up art through a digital medium, I never learned to paint,” says Mehta, 29, who has labored with St+artwork India Foundation on the Sassoon Docks, designed the façade of final yr’s India Art Fair, and most just lately was the design lead for the title sequence of Sacred Games on Netflix.
“Perfect” is a departure from the digital medium that Mehta has made a reputation for himself in. Canvas after canvas on the flooring and on the partitions are made up of daring strokes and patterns in black acrylic paint. “It’s just black ink on paper, and yes, it’s abstract expressionism that’s open to interpretation. As somebody who never painted before, I’m enjoying this participatory experience that gives viewers a mental workout,” he says. On first look, or second, and third, it might seem that Mehta has created a world of machines — easy ones similar to zips, x-ray panels and practice tracks, to bigger steel beasts similar to WWII bombers. There are blotches and blemishes on a number of the works, however Mehta gained’t change a factor. “I had an idea of what ‘perfect’ looks like, and when I was making these, I began re-examining what the word meant to me,” he provides.
Open six days every week, Method has already lined up a roster of artists and exhibitions until April 2020. “Perfect will be on show till August 11. In September, we have Sajid Wajid Shaikh, a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist based in Mumbai. Then we have Amonwan Mirpuri, a Bangkok-based artist; she’s half-Indian, half-Thai, and while she’s showed her work in the US, she’s never had an exhibition in India,” says Arora.