An Ongoing Bombay Exhibit Disputes The Disconnect Between Art & Functionality

An Ongoing Bombay Exhibit Disputes The Disconnect Between Art & Functionality
Yaazd Contractor

An ongoing art exhibit at Method Kalaghoda, ‘Handle With Care’ by Yaazd Contractor invites you to sit with the work in the shoes of a curator (one who cares), a maker-thinker who takes pride in the careful bringing together of both object and concept. Who hopes that the vibrations of the neon lights or the glint of colour reflected on the aluminium sheets is enough to speak for itself.

Yaazd’s work disputes the intrinsic dissonance between art and functionality. His creations carefully balance and represent duality between rigid, structural implementations of art while still exploring the permeability of clinical mediums such as prefabricated hardware and construction materials. All of Yaazd’s projects coexist between the digital as well as the physical world where they fall out of their real-world applications and into 'heterotopias' of their own.

This exhibition will showcase how although the work is bespoke and of the highest quality, it does not speak the lofty language of the conceptual artist or the pedantic designer. Instead, flower vases, 3D models, and neon components all speak transparently of the process of their making, they speak of construction, decay and tenderness: they speak of a mode of making and doing which can only be achieved through dedicated care.   

Some of the most striking elements on showcase among the carefully selected components display the contrasting relationships of the objects: cinder and glass, mass produced prefabricated steel parts and the in-danger-of-extinction art of cold cathode neon, the long yet ethereal duration of digital images and the quick withering of flowers, etc.

Admittedly, this list could go on, but to limit the reading of the exhibition to any such narrative would be to restrict what the work is capable of doing. Instead, Method invite's the viewer to approach the show not with the perspective of an outsider looking in, doing their best to extract and impose some foreign meaning to the show, but to take on the challenge of looking at the exhibition precisely as the show title suggests: with care.

The exhibit is on display until 3rd January 2023 and you can find more information regarding the same here