Nataraj Sharma


Those who are irritated by the interminable construction projects littering Indian cities will discover no soul mate in Baroda-based artist Nataraj Sharma. Sharma’s solo exhibition “Work in Progress” included paintings of lone figures surrounded by seemingly incomplete structures and a dark red, sixteen-foot-high mock-up of a building under construction—proof that for Sharma, such sites are fonts of inspiration. His deliberately rusty iron installation from 2008—also dubbed Work in Progress—hints at conflicting views on the construction boom that has overtaken urban India in the last few years (and which is now tapering off, thanks to the global economic meltdown). Circling the edifice, a visitor felt like Gulliver, by turns too big or too small. Gazing through little windows and doors and touching minuscule, filigreed balconies strewn with small ladders, one felt like a child strolling

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