Experimenter presents Lived Spaces and Other Structures, a two-person exhibition by Julien Segard and Rathin Barman, for In Touch 6. The exhibition builds a dialogue between landscape, architecture and the built environment exploring the visceral and peripheral in our urban field of vision through works on paper, paintings and sculptures.
Julien Segard’s work explores the severe edges perpetuated by urban structures, free flowing contours of nature’s invasion into these structures and the shared intimacy that grow into each other’s spaces and claim each as their own. In recognizing characteristic paradoxes in the field of view through his work, Segard reveals glaring blind-spots in our vision of the landscape and builds a thread of connections through works on paper and paintings. Much like portraits of a city, the slivers of roads, underpasses and flyovers that populate Segard’s work stand as evidence of a possible life in the wastelands of a megacity.
For over a decade, Rathin Barman has been exploring the nature of built structures and what lies beyond the visible. Applying an anthropological lens in sculpting and drawing, Barman forms long lasting relationships with inhabitants of old homes in North Kolkata, which are in various stages of disrepair, demolition and have long lost their past grandeur. These homes are in effect, polycentric, since most of these structures are interlocked and inseparable and so are its people and their personal histories and relationships with each other. Barman explores this polycentrism of relationships through a body of sculpture in construction materials such as concrete, iron and brass.
While Barman is interested in the precise conjunction of the disembodiment of the built form and the simultaneous renewal of future possibilities, Segard’s work offers a fleeting glance into his transient and disruptive world, laden with intuitive interpretations of what he sees around him, flirting with chance and play, allowing a sideways view into our own environment.
Julien Segard, b. 1980, Martigues, France, lives and works between Goa & Marseilles.
Rathin Barman, b. 1981, Tripura, India, lives and works in Kolkata, India.