Review about the exposition in Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven: Open Eye Policy by Sheela Gowda. The exposition by Sheela Gowda was part of the Radically Yours exposition. This exposition (Radically Yours) was a combination of work by Sheela Gowda, Yewyo Rhii and Lissitzky - Kabakov. I visited this exposition yesterday (14th of April 2013). The review is only about the part of Sheela Gowda - Open Eye Policy.
Sheela Gowda (1957) was trained as a painter, since the 1990’s Gowda has icreasingly developed a sculptural and installation practice, using materials to draw out references to the social and cultural context of India.
There were a couple of rooms full with installations. She has used many different materials like tar barrels, metal piping, newspaper, thread and wooden doorjambs. She re-appraises these found materials, and in each case, she wrings different connotations from them as they take form in space. The works speak of a global economic ‘growth and development’.
To be honest, I planned to go to Amersfoort to see another installation exposition. For a reason, that didn’t worked so I decided to go to Eindhoven. I didn’t know that there was a installation exposition aswell and I had never heard of Gowda before. So the whole exposition was a real surprise for me!
I really enjoyed it. And I had enough time to see everything because I was on my own and it was really quiet in the museum too.
I enjoyed the variety of materials, variety of sizes and colours. It felt like every room was a little world. I think that it is really nice to go there aswell and see the beautifull installations Sheela Gowda made! The exposition is from 23.02.2013 till 26.05.2013 so if you are in the neighboorhood. You must go and visit 'Open Eye Policy’.
My top three (in rooms, not in artpiecesy and all by Sheela Gowda)
1. Of all people (2010-2011)
Wood, metal and paper
2. Kagebangara (2008)
Flattened tar drum sheets, tar drums, mica tar sheets, mica, tarpaulin
3. Behold (2009)
Hair and steel