Pools of pigment and binder evaporate from Alwar Balasubramaniam’s canvases in the solo Liquid Lake Mountain at Delhi’s Talwar Gallery, leaving behind cracks that are evocative of atrophy in the natural world. Some of these fissures are gentle, recalling the scorched earth of dry riverbeds, while others, as in Up in the Air, appear like brutal ruptures of the canvas skin. These traces also serve to remind us of what is lost or transformed, as evaporating pools of water transition from states of materiality to immateriality.
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