Harsha Durugadda currently lives and works in Hyderabad. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in India, Germany Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Most recently his works were exhibited in the 2018 Nord Art exhibition in Germany where he was awarded Biafarin award. Since his solo show Whirling Out at Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi in early 2016 his works have appeared in Bondi, Sculpture by the Sea (Sydney, Australia) where he received the Andrew Stretton memorial fellowship. In 2017 at Cottesloe, Sculpture by the Sea (Perth, Australia) he won the Rio Tinto Sculpture Award 2017 which was a major recognition internationally for an emerging artist. Durugadda was the recipient of Unbox fellowship supported by The British Council, India in 2012 and in 2014 has published with Courtauld Institute and the British Museum.
Fragments in motion is an exhibition that shows itself as a playground where you peep inside, rock and circumnavigate tactile forms bringing us closer to our material world. Using the visual vocabulary of a disfiguration, juxtaposition and provocation only stress Harsha’s urge to encourage the viewer/observer to playfully challenge the reality and ultimately expand their consciousness.
What would it feel like to see inside a sculpture? Why should art be only experienced through visual and auditory senses why not use olfactory and gustatory senses to experience the materiality. The visual waveform of an auditory conversation is given materiality questioning the way we address the sensorial perception. This translation of the ephemeral into the tangible is evident across the diverse medium of works.
Employing both traditional and industrial materials such as wood, metal, plywood and pigment along with the techniques of milling, carving and casting, the works imbue geometrical abstraction and yet the symbolic and spiritual.
“Please do touch,” says the artist who believes art must be touched and felt, offering a tactile multisensory experience.