Sculpture today at least in the popular art vocabulary has moved away from the negative modernist definition of ‘what it was not’ to be a sculpture towards a positive definition of ‘what all it could be’. With every possible intervention in conventional media and new explorations in other mediums, sculpture today tries to place itself within the various peripheral definitions of the ever expanding field. However, the significance of craft and process which was attached to the earlier modernist definition of sculpture still holds validity when compared to the art market driven works which are easily sanctioned in the guise of new media etc. These hollow spectacles churned out from all types of production houses, including the educational institutions definitely hold a say in the phenomenal confusion of the art world today. Without theoretically (conceptually) validating the importance of the shift in material and medium, today it has become an easy ploy to create or to frame anything in the name of art. Given the freedom to mis/ interpret due to the overabundance of information; one is often pushed to question the genuiness of such practices. The double standards of the argument ‘anything can be art’ lays exposed when one looks at these practice which revolves solely around the art market and its new auxiliary bodies that generate value for these misplaced conceptions. Though the attempt here is not to chart out definitions for genuine acts, surely it is an attempt to question contemporary practices and the over filled information. Though ‘medium is the message’ was a liberating and democratic slogan, the face value understanding of this has done more damage to the practice particularly due to the elitist structuring of such practices. It is no wonder that we see numerous examples of such fantastic manifestations in the name of subversion and the jargon of cultural politics.
In this context the present show includes artists who are trained as sculptors (academically and otherwise) and attempts to read the possible extensions each artist have pulled their practice towards. By stressing the importance of the medium they have chosen it tries to argue for the significance of the materiality in the artistic process. It is also to bring to fore certain questions and tensions which are yet to be resolved in the race to be contemporary and new. The show in no way attempts to argue for a return of the modernist disciplinary purity. It is rather an attempt to re-solve at least some tensions and contradictions which are carried on in our contemporary practices.