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Staple Agony II, Plastic Memory
Justin Ponmany
Staple Agony II, Plastic Memory


Acrylic and holographic pigment on canvas, diptych

191 x 325 cm
There is a Darwinian approach to much of Ponmany’s practice, as he continually reorganises and reinvents reality. Rebranding by digitising, Ponmany duplicates figures in electric landscapes that are stylised beyond comprehension were it not for the reoccurring markers and motifs of figures and skyscrapers that appear in his works. Using plastic paints, silver holograms, rich pigments of colour and distorted photographic-negatives, Ponmany is as interested in the production of his works as he is in the object that exists thereafter. Staple Agony II, Plastic Memory is a work that might appear to come from the lyric of a Radiohead song, in which the solitary shell of a hooded figure is seated at the centre of an enclosed space with what appears to be an industrial staple-gun, illuminated in orange, floating in the foreground.

Justin Ponmany's BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1974, Kerala, India
Lives and works in Mumbai


Gallery Loop, Seoul

Who's keeping Score, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York

Procreation, Nature Morte, Milan

Salt (Plastic Memory-Part II), Nature Morte, India

Non-biodegradable Memory, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai


Inside India, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turlin
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: Indian Contemporary Art In Global Times, Lakeeren, Mumbai

Living Off the Grid, Anant Art Centre, New Delhi
Dear Jabir, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Indian Summer, Gallery Christian Hosp, Berlin
Multitudes-Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore in collaborartion with Zen Studio Gallery
Re-Claim/Re-Cite/Re-Cycle, presented by Latitude 28 at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi, Bose Pacia, Kolkata
Shapeshifter, Aicon Gallery, London
The Other (Indian) story: Retrospecting Lakeeren, The Contemporary Art Gallery (1995-2009), Mumbai
Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, NewYork
material Texts, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi

The Armory Show, Nature Morte, New York
Hybrid Trend Contemporary Art Exhibition India and Korea, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul
Art center Lalit Kala Academy
Podar Collection, New Delhi, India

Fiac Art Fair, Nature Morte/ BosePacia, Paris
Art Basel, Nature Morte, Switzerland
Hungry God-Indian Contemporaries, Arario Gallery, Beijing

Three Person Show, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai
Outside Europe, from the Daimler Chrysler Collection, Galerie Der Stadt, Sindelfingen (Stuttgart), Germany
The artist lives and works in Baroda/ Bombay/ Calcutta/ Mysore/ Rotterdam/ Trivandrum, House of World culture, Berlin
Whose Space Is It Anyway?, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
We are like this only, Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi
Arad Biennale, Romania
Summer Show, curated by Peter Nagy, Nature Morte, New Delhi
Present Future, curated by Saryu Doshi, N.G.M.A., Mumbai
Identity Alienation Amity, curated by Bina Sarkar Ellias, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Span, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Double Enders, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

Bombay x 17, Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin
Metallic, The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Ideas and Images, curated by Saryu Doshi, N.G.M.A., Mumbai
Bombay Boys, The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

Awardees Bose Pacia Gallery, New York
HighlightsSakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Ideas and Images, curated by Saryu Doshi, N.G.M.A., Mumbai
Camp Show, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Inaugural Show, The Indian Habitat center, Viart Gallery, Delhi
4 Artists, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
Art for Art an Indo-Swedish Project on "Bench Art', Kalaghoda, Mumbai

Words and Images, the Guild Art Gallery, N.G.M.A, Mumbai
Cutting Edge Contemporary, Art Edge, N.G.M.A, Mumbai
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Sakshi Gallery, The Indian Habitat Center, Delhi
Crosscurrents, Jehangir Art Gallery
The New Paradigms, the Indian Habitat Center, Delhi
Debt, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
The 7- Harmony Show, Nehru Center, Mumbai

Embarkations, (The Millennium Show), curated by Yashodhara Dalmia, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
The Mumbai Metaphor, curated by Anupa Mehta, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Exile and Longing, Lakheeren Gallery, Mumbai
Memos for the New Millennium from Artists of the Molting World, curated by Abhay Sardesai, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

Wall Paper Kala Ghoda Art Fair Mumbai and Lakheeran Gallery, Mumbai
Legatee Sir J.J.School of Art Fine Art Company Gallery, Mumbai
Inaugural Show, Fine Art Company Gallery, Mumbai
Icons of the Millennium, Lakheeren Gallery, Mumbai

Windows to the Soul, Auction in Aid of NAB conducted by Sotheby's, Mumbai
Indian Contemporary Art, the RPG Collection, Germany