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Jitish Kallat: Tmesis

4 November – 18 December 2021

Sperone Westwater, New York

Sperone Westwater is delighted to present Jitish Kallat’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Entitled Tmesis, the exhibition links artistic, historical and scientific inquiries, interlacing the immediate and the cosmic, the telescopic and the microscopic, the past and present.

Large Install Photo

The main gallery features new double-sided, multi-scopic photo works titled Epicycles, 2020-21, begun during the pandemic as an intimate journal of hand-drawn notations; a ledger of seemingly incidental changes documented by the artist in his studio. Gradually these developed into large, layered photo works that weave together markers of change–a fallen stem, a crack in the wall or an abstraction beneath a chair. Kallat combines these familiar images with photographs drawn from the historic 1955 MoMA exhibition “The Family of Man,” which brought together hundreds of images from photographers around the world in the decade following World War II. Coalescing Kallat’s studio images with a glimpse of humanity from a distant time and place ultimately yields a composite portrait of time and transience. These meticulously produced lenticular images create an illusion of depth, further illuminating the notion of impermanence as images alternately appear and disappear while one circumnavigates each Epicycle. The verso of each work reveals images culled from the artist’s Integer Study drawings, installed nearby.

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Jitish Kallat

Epicycle, 2021

Double-sided, multilayer print on 20 LPI lenticular lens, teakwood

89 x 52 x 24 inches (226,1 x 132,1 x 61 cm)

SW 21154

Jitish Kallat

Epicycle, 2021

Double-sided, multilayer print on 20 LPI lenticular lens, teakwood

89 x 52 x 24 inches (226,1 x 132,1 x 61 cm)

SW 21153

Jitish Kallat

Epicycle, 2021

Double-sided, multilayer print on 20 LPI lenticular lens, teakwood

89 x 52 x 24 inches (226,1 x 132,1 x 61 cm)

SW 21152

Jitish Kallat

Epicycle, 2021

Double-sided, multilayer print on 20 LPI lenticular lens, teakwood

89 x 52 x 24 inches (226,1 x 132,1 x 61 cm)

SW 21154

Jitish Kallat

Epicycle, 2021

Double-sided, multilayer print on 20 LPI lenticular lens, teakwood

89 x 52 x 24 inches (226,1 x 132,1 x 61 cm)

SW 21153

Jitish Kallat

Epicycle, 2021

Double-sided, multilayer print on 20 LPI lenticular lens, teakwood

89 x 52 x 24 inches (226,1 x 132,1 x 61 cm)

SW 21152

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Press Release - Integer Studies

Over the past year, Kallat has been exploring the planetary present through daily algorithmic counts of the world population. In this series, Integer Study (drawing from life), each drawing displays a timestamp of a specific moment of the day, appearing alongside three sets of freighted numbers–integers that algorithmically estimate the human population of the planet a given moment, along with the estimated births and deaths that have occurred up until that specific time of day. With intricate graphite and aquarelle pencil markings and gesso stains, Kallat’s painterly abstraction contrasts with precise data, forming a triangulation of life by mapping birth, death and time. Creating one drawing per day, the Integer Studies probe an arc of existential questions that morph into ecological ones, from reflections on climate change and extinction to evolution and decay.

Integer Studies - Composite Image

Jitish Kallat
Integer Studies (Drawings from Life), 2021
Graphite and aquarelle pencil, stained gesso, organic gum on Bienfang Gridded Paper
suite of 31 drawings, 11 1/2 x 14 1/8 inches (29,2 x 35,9 cm) each
SW 21155
 

Press Release - Paintings

Jitish Kallat
Asymptote, 2021
acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal and watercolor pencil on linen
86 x 62 inches (218,4 x 157,5 cm)
SW 21160

Kallat’s new series of paintings, Asymptote, is featured prominently on the second floor gallery. Referencing asymptotic lines—when a curve and a line approach one another but never touch— these paintings attempt to embrace complex themes at a tangent, developing an adjacency without ever intersecting. In each painting, a hand-drawn graph lies beneath abstractive and metaphoric imagery—improvisatory and speculative abstractions which provide a field for the artist to mine his intuitions. Drawing from a wide range of interdisciplinary inspirations, the works assemble signs, exploratory impulses, and ruminations, all of which evoke botanical, suboceanic, celestial, and geological formations that coalesce to reveal the signatures of growth, evolution, and entropy.