INDepth: With Claymen
INDepth by FTC is an ongoing exploration of all the uncut diamonds that are making their mark in India's growing cultural community.
The brainchild of multi-disciplinary artist Aman Khanna, Claymen is a collective and gallery space that produces one of a kind artisanal sculptures and objects - some of which are functional and have multi-purpose uses while some are aesthetic and decorative pieces that usually depict the myriad of emotions and intrinsic dysfunctionalities that make a human being.
Khanna, a graphic illustrator, sculptor and artist who graduated from London College of Communication majoring in graphic and information design also owns and runs design firms Infomen (based in London) and Infonauts (based in New Delhi).
His work has been featured in a number of magazines and publications worldwide, such as 'Cause and Effect' (Gestalten, Berlin), 'Graphic Explanation in Design' (Pie International, Japan), 'Information Graphics' (Taschen, Italy), 'Visual Storytelling' (Gestalten, Berlin), 'Eye Magazine' (London, UK) and 'Platform' (New Delhi, India).
He has also created illustrations for many international magazines and newspapers including Harvard Business publishing, The Times (London) and the Wall Street Journal.
FTC caught up with multitalented artist to talk about his initiative with Claymen, his design sensibilities and what the future holds for the contemporary minimalistic designs that his brand caters.
Over the past few years the artist claims he has increasingly gravitated towards ‘clay’ since it is the most common and ancient medium used by humans to create everyday objects.
On the ideology and aesthetic behind his quirky characters and iconic forms, Khanna further elaborates,
Claymen is not just a workshop and collective – it is a gallery space as well. Located in New Delhi, the gallery encapsulates a theme-based display that continues for a few months during which more objects are added to an existing collection. Over a period of time , the theme is subject to change.
Featured in gallery and museum exhibitions abroad as well - in cities such as Berlin, London, Hong Kong, Seoul and Istanbul - it is clear that these infectious characters have made a name and impression for themselves all over the world.
On the possibility of perhaps expanding to different locations in the country and rest of the world, Khanna says he prefers to work from one place where he can create, produce and sell all together in one consolidated location and that there are no expansion plans as of now.
The artist has also worked on several projects with brands and stores such as Bodice, Le Mill and Uniqlo.
Tyranny Of Perception - 2015
An installation of almost 500 clay faces (faces of judgement) was displayed at the Amazon India Fashion Week, done exclusively for Indian fashion label, Bodice. At the time of the fashion show a single clay face was kept on each seat along with an explanation card. People were taken by surprise when they saw these faces when they approached their seats, it worked as a mirror made of clay.
Bowls For Le Mill - 2016
A limited edition of 87 bowls inspired from the Indian holy city of Banaras (Varanasi) were produced exclusively for multi-brand collective store Le Mill. Each bowl represents one of the 87 Ghats in Banaras.
Special Cups For Uniqlo - 2019
The limited edition cups were made to be given out from Uniqlo at their initial launch in India as a gesture of their gratitude to their very special guests.
Every creator has a different take and contribution to the current "Culture". The artist elaborates on what culture means to him and his contribution with regards to his art form and work.
Check out the official website for the objects and sculptures for the newest arrivals!