> Concrete Ciphers

Pratap Morey

16 January - 28 February, 2019

As a part of Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2019, we are delighted to present Concrete Ciphers – Pratap Morey’s second solo exhibition at TARQ. In this exhibition, Pratap continues to explore his preoccupations with the constantly morphing artificial geography of urban spaces.

In his wider art practice, Morey uses a range of media, including photographic images, digital archival prints, architectural drawings and engravings. In this show, the artist consciously moves away from the digital image, to work only with lines, be it in the form of drawings, relief sculpture and painting. His imagery focuses on industrial development, specifically the constant unorganized bombardment of cities in the name of redevelopment, which rapidly engulfs the neutral and vacant spaces available. The architectural ciphers in this exhibition are a starting point from which to understand the potential of play in the cityscape. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay written by Meera Menezes.

In her essay she says, ”In his latest body of works Morey filters out the hustle and bustle of the city with its mass of human bodies, its sights, sounds and smells, training his gaze instead on the massive modular blocks of construction material used for large infrastructure projects. Like pieces of a Lego set, they patiently lie in wait for their moment of assembly, when according to a pre-determined plan they will neatly click into place to create a flyover or the stretch of a metro line. But for Morey they represent concrete ciphers, waiting to be decoded and put to more imaginative use. Elevating these humdrum, banal, serial and seemingly soulless creatures of mechanical production, Morey gestures at the roles they could possibly play in creating alternate, utopian worlds.”

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Pratap Morey

Pratap Morey is a Mumbai-based artist with a post-graduate diploma in Indian Aesthetics from Mumbai University and a Graduate degree in Fine Art from Vasai Vikasini College of Visual Arts. His solo exhibitions include Concrete Ciphers, TARQ, Mumbai (2019), Lost right Angle, Space Gachang, Deagu, South Korea (2017) and measure | decipher, TARQ, Mumbai (2015).

He has participated in several curated group shows, including Under Construction, curated by Anuj Daga, Khoj Artist Association, New Delhi (2018); Planes of Experience, Zones of Action, curated by Kaiwan Mehta, Gallery Max Muller Bhavan, Mumbai (2017), Jeonnam International Sumuk Pre-biennale, Jeollanam-do, South Korea (2017); Red moon song, curated by Georgina Maddox, Apeejay Art, New Delhi (2016); Imagined futures, Reconstructed past, curated by Meera Menezes, Gallery Anant, New Delhi (2016); The Unbearable Closeness of Being at Gallery Engendered, New Delhi (2015); the Art on Paper biennale at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina, USA (2014); Interstices at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2012); Stop Making Sense at False Ceiling Gallery, Mumbai (2012); and @rt Virtually Real at Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi (2012) among others. His art fair participation includes AD Design Show, Mumbai (2018) and India Art Fair, Delhi (2017), represented by TARQ, Mumbai; United Art Fair, co-curated by Meera Menezes under the Artistic Direction of Peter Nagy, New Delhi (2013) and India Art Fair, New Delhi (2013), represented by Art Alive Gallery.

He has participated in residencies at several institutions such as Space Studios, Vadodara, India (2017); Gachang Art Studio, Deagu, South Korea (2017); Harmony Art Foundation, India (2015); the Artists-In-Residence programme hosted by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi (2014); CRACK International Residency, Bangladesh (2013); Space 118, Mumbai (2012); and Uttarayan Art Foundation, Vadodara (2012). He is also the recipient of the Bendre- Husain-Scholarship, India (2013) and the La Critique award at Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, France (2012).


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    Since his first solo measure/decipher in 2015, Pratap Morey has been trying to understand Mumbai's space crunch in a variety of ways. Concrete Ciphers at TARQ, Mumbai, from the 16th of January to the 28th of February, continues his exploration of the urban jungle. The exhibition is full of stark lines that represent the limits of rooms.

    Staying clear of humans and their activities, Morey draws our attention to mechanised and emotionless routines.

    Art India
    15 Mar 2019
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    Artist Pratap Moreys architectural drawings define Mumbais redevelopment geography of skywalks metros and high-rise glass structures

    10 Feb 2019
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    Architectural Digest
    21 Jan 2019
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