Remains of waste: Chemould/SHIFT x BODICE x India Art Fair
Celebrating art that is born out of textile remains.
With an aim to craft a dialogue between a garment and its wearer, every Bodice piece is given movement and character through thoughtful details; something that starts from the make of the fabric itself. But what happens when the fabric is isolated from the clothing, left bare in its elemental form? Gurjeet Singh’s soft sculptures explore the language of fabrics beyond clothes, through its weave, texture, colour, as well as the cuts, holes, and fades.
Bodice’s textile explorations form the creative medium for Gurjeet’s witty, weird, and sometimes melancholic soft sculptures. Using leftover fabrics from Bodice Lab which have been upcycled while carefully preserving their imperfections, these 12 sculptures blur the lines between, and the limitations of, fashion and art as we know it.
A nonchalant ode to the imperfect and the awkward, the sculptures are a subversive response to the manifesto of ‘beauty’, forming an unexpected intersection in the creative philosophy of both the artist and Bodice.
About the artist
Chandigarh-based artist Gurjeet Singh (b.1994) is best known for his weird and wonderful soft sculptures inspired by conversations with friends and strangers, in real life and online. The culmination of a process of sketching and working with his materials are three dimensional works made of a myriad of richly coloured and textured fabrics that come together to form witty, other-worldly and sometimes melancholic creatures.
Singh’s first creative inspiration came from watching his elder sisters embroidering and sewing in the house. He also remembers being lost in the Sikh miniatures published in newspapers brought home by his father, wall murals and folk traditions of clay doll-making in Punjab. His deep love for the city continues to this day.
He works across mediums including sculpture, painting, drawing, and sound and interactive performances. A recurring theme in his work is identity and how losses and love shape them, with a particular interest in LGBTQ stories. He uses textiles and found materials to bring the stories he works with viscerally to life for his audiences.
Gurjeet Singh received his BFA and MFA as a gold medallist from Government College of Art, Chandigarh. He is the recipient of the INLAKS Fine Art Award 2021, 30 Under 30 by the Hindustan Times and Punjab Lalit Kala Academy, and he has received many grants including the travelling grant for Kochi Muziris Biennale, KHOJ Support Grant and Shrishti AIF Grant, Hyderabad. He has attended residencies including KHOJ, New Delhi and Space Studio, Baroda. His recent exhibitions include A Line Fine at Goa Brewing Company, Goa (2022); REHANG at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi (2021); LICENCE TO LAUGH at Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad (2021); exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, Chandigarh (2019); Goa Affordable Art Fest at the Museum of Goa (2019); Shimla Art Exhibition at Himachal State Museum (2017) and a group exhibition at The Nehru Center, Indian High Commission, London (2015).
Gurjeet lives and works in Chandigarh, India.