Like we mentioned in our previous post, this year’s edition of the India Art Fair featured work from our very own Hemant. Some of us were there to take a closer look and this is what we found.
Detail of Parul Gupta’s Drawing
So what is it? It’s in fact a collaboration between Hemant and Parul Gupta that started with a residency at 1After320, the collaborative arm of Delhi’s Exhibit320 gallery. Parul Gupta first drew a series of (very) intricate lines in what emerged to be a 24 feet canvas. Why lines? That’s kinda her thing. The idea was to put herself through something that’s routine to the point of being painful and mundane, so as to feel the ‘heightened awareness’ of time.
Hemant then took this work and created a sonic response. He created a digital algorithm that treated each line as a frequency creating sound that is faithful to the very last stroke. So clever.
How did people react to the work? With a fair bit of bewilderment and confusion, as you’d expect. Luckily, Hemant was at hand to explain the piece, leaving visitors duly impressed with the work’s depth and all round genius. Naturally.