Shubha Taparia, Crescent, 2021
Sculptural installation located in light-industrial warehouse: temporary scaffolding structure, geotextile shrink-wrap and various construction materials
6 x 18 x 2.85 m
Atlas Business Centre
London NW2 7HJ
Viewing by appointment
‘Artist Shubha Taparia’s eureka moment came a few years ago when, in central London, she looked at the scaffolding surrounding a construction site, only to see the see the gubbins behind it highlighted in silhouette against its protective geotextile membrane. It led her to become fascinated with the nature of the city’s constantly changing urban landscape’.
‘Shubha Taparia’s work is a state of mind. One that reflects the ever changing nature of all things, and it does so with the awareness that there is always a permanence in the intrinsic transience of matter. With the exuberance of a gifted child, the artist gathers inorganic and apparently forgotten objects from industrial landscapes and presents us with their utterly poetic significance and beauty.’
Nicoletta Lambertucci. Curator, The Box, Plymouth
Crescent is a towering extension of Shubha Taparia’s exploration of the themes of change, transition and impermanence, and their dualities in context of the urban environment. A chance encounter with John Nash’s Terrace redevelopment in London prompted the artist to reimagine and recontextualise the interim landscape, taking form in an 18m long, 6m tall monumental work that mirrors the building site. A familiar scaffold structure veiled behind a diaphanous polyurethane wrap curving through the length of the gallery, the installation is backlit to create an enigmatic display of shapes and shadows.
By using industrial scaffolding to support the screening mechanism, the metallic structure becomes in itself inextricably a part of the dialogue and a conduit of mechanical change commenting on the transience of architecture and its role in shaping lived experience. The mesmeric projection of shapes and shadows, as they appear on the flexible geotextile, evokes Man Ray’s Rayograph works and the ephemeral impression of primitive forms on the caves at Lascaux as well as the lantern projections and stroboscopic animation that preceded early filmmaking technology.
Crescent is accompanied with a publication featuring essays written by Nicoletta Lambertucci, Contemporary Art Curator, The Box Plymouth, and Maitreyi Maheshwari, Head of Programme at FACT, Liverpool.
Also on show is Taparia’s acclaimed photographic series, Spirit in the Inanimate, which explores the details and elements from the artist’s former installation: Silhouette of an Unknown Landscape (2018). Shot on a medium format camera, these C-type prints capture the interplay of light and shadows that defined this monumental work, transforming otherwise mundane materials of urban industry into unexpected vignettes of abstract beauty that recall the photogram experiments of early 20th century pioneers such as Moholy-Nagy and the incisive exposure of x-rays.
Over the last twenty years, Taparia’s work has critically addressed the ideas of impermanence and mutability on daily urban life and the visual marks or ‘pentimento’ they leave behind, through various mediums spanning photography, performance, sound, video, mixed media, painting, and installation, as different ways to measure time. These ideas are dramatically developed, from the application of gold leaf onto dilapidated urban construction sites to the re-animation of life-like statuary in her 2018 live event, Performance (2018), which is re-captured in this exhibition as a projected film work.
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‘Shubha Taparia: Crescent’ is an exhibition organised by Unit 7 in conjunction with Prahlad Bubbar, London.
Architects’ Journal: “Shubha Taparia‘s Crescent – art in the scaffolding”. By Rupert Bickersteth.
FAD Magazine: “The Top 6 Exhibitions to See in London During Frieze Week”. By Tabish Khan.
Ham & High: “Giant installation inspired by Nash’s Georgian crescent”. By Bridget Galton.
Brent & Kilburn Times: “Brent exhibition showcases contemporary life”. By Claudia Jacob.
Born in India, Shubha Taparia is a multidisciplinary artist and curator, based in London since 2001. She is a postgraduate from Central Saint Martins, London, 2007. Taparia’s most recent exhibitions include: Britannia–Pallas: The Twilight of the Idols, Contemporary Art Museum of Chania, Chania (2021); Crescent (solo), Unit 7, London (2021); Spirit in the Inanimate (solo), Prahlad Bubbar, London (2019); Memories and Might, collateral project of Kochi–Muziris Biennale at Kashi Gallery, Kochi (2018); Silhouette of an Unknown Landscape (solo, site-specific installation), Unit 7, London (2018); “Performance” (solo), Slate Projects, London (2018); Prossalendi’s Britannia, Ionian Academy, Corfu (2018); Point of Apoapsis (curated by Shubha Taparia), Prahlad Bubbar, London (2017); Landscape and Silence, collateral project of Kochi–Murziris Biennale at Kashi Gallery, Kochi (2016); Averard Hotel, Slate Projects, London (2016); See In Your Mind’s Eye (solo), Kashi Gallery, Kochi (2015). She was a finalist of The Creekside Open 2013, selected by Paul Noble and hosted by APT Galleries, London (2013), as well as a finalist of the Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice (2013), and the Mostyn Open at Mostyn Galleries, Llandudno (2011). Her works are held in various private and institutional collections in the UK, Italy, Portugal, India, Canada and Greece.
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