View of “B. V. Suresh,” 2015. Photo: Babu Eshwar Prasad.

B. V. Suresh

Vadehra Art Gallery | D-40

View of “B. V. Suresh,” 2015. Photo: Babu Eshwar Prasad.

The silence of the dimly lit ground-floor room was punctured by the shriek of an iron weight, suspended near the ceiling, suddenly bearing down. Luckily, its anticipated crash landing was arrested by a pad of cotton that cushioned the impact. Nearby, other weights hovered tantalizingly over cushions, their heaviness forming a curious counterpoint to the pillowy softness of the cotton. At the other end of the room, a rotating mechanical contraption reminiscent of a cotton gin cast flickering shadows on the wall as cotton shreds floated about. With these installations—respectively titled Weights and Rolling Gin (all works 2015)—B. V. Suresh set up a duet of weight and weightlessness accompanied by an orchestration of light and sound.

But the cotton trail did not end there. Upstairs, suspended thorny branches were topped by balls of cotton, like prickly buds, in Raw. Suresh’s

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