An enormous 15 X10 ft, three-dimensional set up, titled Shangrila Screen greets you on the entrance of the artwork gallery at Bikaner House. The black and white checkered flooring of the artwork gallery function the proper base to set off the gold-hued brass art work. Small soldered 2 x2 items of brass have been welded collectively to make a messy three-dimensional display screen, which stands tall on textured brass rods. Pieces of sq. malachite break the golden monotony. Shangrila Screen is a reference to all the wonderful and misplaced legendary cities and is a part of the mammoth showcase of ‘15 years of Vikram Goyal for Viya’.
The present, which is replete with greater than 20 works, is the debut exhibit of the furnishings designer who specialises within the gold-hued medium. “I have always been fascinated with this metal — and the idea was to make functional things with it,” says Goyal, whose furnishings home Viya had made wall mirrors, tables, wall sconces, screens and wall panels.
Lost and legendary cities is a recurring theme, as we see an El Dorado console, which weighs 20kgs, a Persepolis ground lamp and a Persepolis wall sconce (pictured) and sculpture. “I see them as a metaphor of how we wish to live. And we have lost it all. I’m just trying to resurrect that idea,” provides Goyal.
There are outdated and new works and mix a design language which has a world outlook, however Indian strategy. One sees a number of Mughal motifs, cranes, spirals and spires, and floral interpretations as properly. There is a liberal use of valuable stones similar to blue lapis lazuli and the inexperienced malachite. Goyal needs to resurrect the medium. Also, he needs to vary the notion across the medium, which until now was dictated by the ‘cheap and cheerful’ brass business of Moradabad. “There is a certain glamour to brass. From bright to subdued, we can produce the desired effects we wish. Also it’s super sturdy as compared to glass and other materials,” says Goyal, 53, whose works with about 100 artisans in Noida.