Minam Apang, Untitled, 2017, charcoal on cotton, 28 1/4 × 35 1/4".

Minam Apang

Chatterjee & Lal

Minam Apang, Untitled, 2017, charcoal on cotton, 28 1/4 × 35 1/4".

Ideas of fragility and impermanence ran through the charcoal drawings on cloth and paper in Minam Apang’s recent exhibition, “Drawing Phantoms.” The works on cloth appeared to be landscapes—a turbulent sea; a sky crowded with moons, shrouded in mist; mountains in the distance, only faintly visible. Charcoal’s material characteristics lend themselves perfectly to represent these seemingly ephemeral perceptions. The medium’s easy transformability and monochromy create ambiguous figures; Apang’s hybrid images are not what they seem. The Goa, India–based artist says the works try to embody Heraclitus’s epigram “Everything flows; nothing stands still.” Here, it was difficult to tell the waves from the clouds, the splashes from the mountains. The sea and the sky became interchangeable. The illusionary horizon line was ironically the only element most accurately represented—except

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