Opening - Ranjani Shettar @ Third Floor-Hermes

The artist was in town for the opening Wednesday

Ranjani Shettar’s compact site-specific installation, “Flame of the Forest” at Third Floor-Herm├Ęs consists of a beautiful sculptural wall installation entitled “Green Breeze,” a couple of floor artworks in teak and a hanging sculpture in rose wood. To be honest, this is an extremely small show, but worth a quick visit if you’re on Orchard Road, because Shettar is one of the rising young artistic stars out of India, and the overall visual impact is fairly poetic and beautiful.

The artist is best known for her free-falling, suspended works of thread and beeswax webs. Her piece ‘Just a bit more’, first presented at the Sydney Biennale in 2006, has been acquired by MoMA in New York for its permanent collection, while ‘Me, No, Not Me, Buy Me, Eat Me, Wear Me, Have Me, Me, No, Not Me’ (2006 - 07) has been acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi bought Sing Along (2008-09).

She's now working on a major retrospective show for the National Art Gallery of Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia scheduled for November.