1x1 Dubai is pleased to present Liquid States, the gallery’s first solo exhibition of Delhi-based artist M. Pravat.
Liquid States follows from Pravat’s long ongoing engagement with the fluctuating optics and fluid materialities of architectural forms and built environments of today. His practice over the years has been an unceasing curiosity and experimentation with the very elements that constitute our experience of architecture. Space, enclosures, material densities, different kinds of opacities and porosities, circulations and flows, the wear and tear of things, and multiple kinds of accumulation have been some of the most recurring preoccupations in Pravat's work. Given how society’s relationship with space, environment and built structures changes from place to place, his practice has been a constant process of testing, adapting and reworking objects, images, and spaces of his immediate surroundings ranging from his own studio, to abandoned buildings, to museums, and outdoor spaces.
Pravat’s latest series of works include sculptures, paintings, drawings and collages that emerge out of ideas he has been testing in his studio for over four years. Across 180 new artworks, Liquid States will bring together a condensed experience of a world where geometries are inverted and the solid, liquid and gaseous become interchangeable states. On the shifting sands and rising tides in the Gulf, we cannot be more pleased to have this exhibition open the new season.
This exhibition is M. Pravat’s eighth solo show since 2006. Over the years, his works have been presented in exhibitions, biennales and art fairs in Colombo, Delhi, Mumbai, New York, Seoul and Zurich among other cities. M. Pravat completed his Bachelor’s degree in painting in 2002 and his Master’s in 2004, both granted by the Faculty of Fine Arts at M.S. University, Baroda. He has been the recipient of the Pro Helvetia artist residency in Switzerland, and is a member of the Layout collective along with artists Navid Tschopp, Susanta Mondal, and architect S. Boka.