Gagan Singh is a Delhi-based visual artist, whose experiments with drawing have involved engaging with illustration, cartoons, storytelling, memory mapping, site specific installations, wall art and artist books. Gagan brings an element of flaneury to his work, both in the literal sense of walking through the city, but also via the mental act of constructing visual narratives in landscapes drawn from memory and observation. I keep on giving birth to characters which start off their own stories and fade away, giving rise to new characters with traces of the old. Gagan is interested especially in the idea of movement, and of making the invisible visible. I am interested in those spaces where I can discover how a series of drawings in a sequence or frames per second connect with themselves to form a visual impression on the eye and the mind of the viewer. I often see that a single drawing of mine triggers a certain motion in the drawing, which I feel I need to develop, stretch out, pull and put action into.
Find India Art Fair
Lines Fiction: your are a draughtsman based in India, filming the process of your drawing in situ with your smart phone. The imagery is rough, always in black and white, and we hear the sound of New Delhi streets — do you see the city as your studio? Gagan Singh: I think, as I sit down to write this I am reminded of how I derived to this way of working. I saw conflict, I always saw conflict in sitting in my studio and drawing as something boring. Now what this boring is, could again be opened up as a matter to discuss.
C & L Shows
I was wondering if there were any preparatory sketches for these drawing? Both the animations are a way to make animations without using any interface such as software, where we put the images and edit the video. So, the process of working like this is non-editable. Whatever happens in that moment becomes the animation or the video.
Gagan Singh. Gagan Singh is an artist based in New Delhi. His main preoccupation is in exploring ways of thinking through Drawing.