Alwar Balasubramaniam, Study for a liquid mountain, 2017–18, fiberglass, iron, 111 × 56 × 56".

Alwar Balasubramaniam

Talwar Gallery | New Delhi

On a road trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon in 2009, Alwar Balasubramaniam decided to make a pit stop at the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. He wasn’t disappointed. The underground caves, with their cathedral-like aura and magnificent natural formations, enthralled him, planting the germ of an idea. A decade later, this vision of stalagmites conjured by slowly dripping water informed his sculpture Study for a liquid mountain, 2017–18. Situated on the rooftop of Talwar Gallery in Balasubramaniam’s recent exhibition “Liquid Lake Mountain,” the towering fiberglass-and-iron structure appeared to be fashioned out of a molten mass of entwined roots, tree trunks, and bodies both human and animal.

The invisible forces of nature and their effect on the material world continue to engage the artist. In the past, he alerted us to the slow accumulation of materials and memories in the stratification

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