Sheela Gowda, Of All People, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Sheela Gowda

Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva)

Sheela Gowda, Of All People, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Stepping into Bangalore-based Sheela Gowda’s first solo show in London, “Therein & Besides,” organized by Iniva’s senior curator, Grant Watson, one had to abandon the pose of the casual bystander. Two installations—Of All People, 2011, and Collateral, 2007/2011—occupied the ground and second floors, respectively. Of All People is architectural bedlam in the prettiest of hues: Cream pillars stand around aimlessly; pale pink windows are placed on walls so that they reveal no outside; cracked turquoise doors hinder rather than facilitate movement; the display is littered with wooden chips that spill over an up-ended wooden table, cluster in a corner like chopped firewood, and nestle at the edge of a sunflower-yellow beam. As one approaches them, they begin to resemble minute faces: The wooden pieces have been slashed with a chisel to delineate rough-hewn visages. Gowda

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