Prashant Pandey reawakens perception of everyday life by defying conventional logic when it comes to ways of seeing discarded objects. Through his use of found, recycled and reclaimed material like sweet lime bagasse, marble blast-stones and chunks of road tar, Pandey uses by-products of human activity in innovative ways, interrupting the utilitarian cycle of everyday life.
His new body of work encourages one to trash conventional ways of seeing and questions the meaning of “shelf life” through the use of material that is long past its supposed use-by date, inviting you to witness a resurrection of all that is forgotten and obscure.
Although his medium is constantly shifting, his basic concern remains the same – a critical commentary on modern society. Pandey believes that a closer scrutiny of what we throw away gives us a deeper understanding of ourselves, maintaining that judging the objects we discard as useless is an inherently unstable affair.
About Prashant Pandey
Prashant Pandey was born in 1984, Jaipur, India and holds an M.F.A in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, India and a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Rajasthan University, Jaipur, India. Prashant has received the Lalit Kala Academy Award twice as well as the Bhupen Burman Award. He had his first solo show, ‘Shelf-Life’ curated by Abhay Maskara in 2010 at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India. He was selected by the faculty at M.S. University, Baroda for a residency at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts, France where he was an artist in residence until February 2011 and in September 2011, his work was exhibited at (M)other India, Galerie du Jour – Agnès B, Paris, France. Pandey is participating in group exhibitions at the India Art Fair, New Delhi and the VIP Art Fair 2.0 (online), in 2012. The artist lives and works in Jaipur, India.