Selected works by Justin Ponmany

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.

Other Resources
Additional images and information – Justin Ponmany
Various and images – Justin Ponmany
Representing gallery – catalogues, past exhibition information and selected images
Representing gallery New York, selected images, biographical information and other links
Justin Ponmany -Born in 1974, in Kerala India, Justin did his B.F.A in painting from Sir J.J. School of Art. Justin’s ambition is that of a hacker who breaks into a code that sets up our reality and hence his work is spurred on by any sudden moment of truth when everything around (every façade) collapses and only the threadbare nakedness of the weaving remains.
Justin Ponmany was born in Kerala in 1974, but has always lived and worked in Bombay. In fashioning himself as citizen and artist in a demanding, even inflammable metropolitan context, he seeks out implements that are robustly industrial-grade or pungently artisanal.
In the 1990s, academic circumstance brought Komu, Ponmany, Joshi and Dahiwale together at the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai (Santhosh being the exception to this rule), and that is where our conversation begins. Being more than a century and a half old, their alma mater was already suffering from academic dogma and the lack of critical discussion between teachers and students.