NEW CLEARAGE: RESTROPECTIVE AS ARTWORK (THROUGH SCULPTURE)
Anant Art Gallery, 2006
“Valsan Kolleri refuses to be a fossil as he relates himself to the world around him. His is an awareness of consequence. The dance of cosmic energy called Life evokes in him a series of feelings and states of awareness. The strength of Kolleri as an artist consists in the fact that he can convincingly translate his responses to the dance of energy into sculptural terms.’
-M P Radhakrishnan
Valsan Kolleri’s New Clearage: Retrospective as Artwork is a continuing engagement with a concept that was initially explored in collaboration with curator Grant Watson and shown at Project in Dublin, Colab in Bangalore and BQ Gallery in Cologne. His interpretation of a retrospective as an act of personal excavation, introspection and self-reflection, invites the audience to enter the histories of his repertoire and approach his artwork afresh, not only by themselves, but also in relation to the process of their making.
(excerpt from the catalogue essay ‘What is so compelling about a self-fashioned retrospective?’ by Madhavi Gore)