Avantika Bawa is creating a large-scale installation for the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem. Titled Beyond the Wall, this piece will utilize the interior architecture of the space as a prompt to generate a single, continuous wall drawing. “My practice emphasizes the intersections where drawing and sculpture, stasis and motion, and the functional and non-functional intermingle,” says Avantika. The contrasting widths and directions of the lines in her work evoke a conflict: a conflict that is visually resolved through its placement on a singular structure and its occupation in a common space.
Avantika Bawa is an artist, curator and educator based in Portland, Oregon, and also spends time in her hometown of New Delhi, India. Bawa has an MFA in Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.
She has participated in the Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, Kochi Biennial Foundation and Djerassi residencies among others. Noteworthy solo exhibits include shows at; Schneider Museum, Suyama Space, The Columbus Museum, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Nature Morte, Gallery Maskara, Tilt Gallery, Project Space, and Disjecta. In April 2004 Avantika was part of a team that launched Drain - Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture. In 2014 Avantika was appointed to the board of the Oregon Arts Commission. She is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington.
A reception for this exhibition will take place on Friday, May 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The exhibition and the reception are both free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from Noon-5 pm.