‘untitled 2 – a day from your diary’, 2008 (acrylic on tarpaulin) courtesy of the artist and aicon gallery.

g.r. iranna: birth of blindness

aicon gallery, new york november 6 – december 6, 2008

the new solo show by indian artist g.r. iranna will present two large fiberglass-based sculptural installations and a collection of paintings that explore themes of sensory and spiritual deprivation. the titular sculpture, depicts ten figures arranged in a semicircle, each on a wooden cart and blindfolded. the work conjures up images of the abused prisoners from abu-ghraib prison, but their anonymous nature communicates iranna’s concern with the universal human condition. in his painting works, iranna uses tarpaulins in lieu of canvases, covering them with acrylic paint. on these tarps, he paints lush narratives that contrast the material’s nature.   http://www.aicongallery.com

g.r. iranna: birth of blindness ‘the dead smile’, 2007 (fiberglass and cloth) courtesy of the artist and aicon gallery.

g.r. iranna: birth of blindness ‘the birth of blindness’, 2007 (fiberglass, wood, iron, cloth) courtesy of the artist and aicon gallery.

g.r. iranna: birth of blindness ‘untitled 1 – blind celebration’, 2008 (acrylic on tarpaulin) courtesy of the artist and aicon gallery.

g.r. iranna: birth of blindness ‘playing with the white ball (rugby)’, 2007 (acrylic on tarpaulin) courtesy of the artist and aicon gallery.