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Sheela Gowda

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

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Indian artist Sheela Gowda present a new series of installations in response to Ikon’s gallery space. The result is a dialogue between what the artist finds in the gallery, and ideas informed by her experience of living in Bangalore. Drawn to the meditative aspect of making by hand, the artist acknowledges local craftsmanship by employing these methods herself. The pieces evoke a subtle symbolism through the poetic treatment of everyday materials. A new work in the exhibition sees the artist source sheets of flattened metal drums to recycle into ‘Bandlis’: metal bowls, used extensively in the Indian construction industry. Each sheet is cut by hand and then pressed in hand-operated machines into shallow bowls. Find out more about the Sheela Gowda exhibition from the Ikon Gallery’s website.

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Those of whom (2014), Sheila Gowda. Installation at Sao Paula Biennale. Image courtesy the artist

Those of whom (2014), Sheila Gowda. Installation at Sao Paula Biennale. Photo courtesy the artist

Stopover (2012), Sheela Gowda, in collaboration with Christoph Storz. Installation view at Kochi Biennale, India. Courtesy the artist

Stopover (2012), Sheela Gowda, in collaboration with Christoph Storz. Installation view at Kochi Biennale, India. Courtesy the artist

Protect my son (2011), Sheela Gowda. Photo courtesy Peter Cox

Protect my son (2011), Sheela Gowda. Photo courtesy Peter Cox

Of all people (2011), Sheela Gowda. Installation view at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2013. Photo: Peter Cox. Courtesy the artist and Lund Kunstall

Of all people (2011), Sheela Gowda. Installation view at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2013. Photo: Peter Cox. Courtesy the artist and Lund Kunstall

Kagebangara (2008), Sheela Gowda. Installation view at Mukha, Antwerp. Photo courtesy the artist

Kagebangara (2008), Sheela Gowda. Installation view at Mukha, Antwerp. Photo courtesy the artist

If you saw desire (2015), Sheela Gowda. Installation view Para Site, Hong Kong. Photo by the artist

If you saw desire (2015), Sheela Gowda. Installation view Para Site, Hong Kong. Photo by the artist

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