Monday, May 20, 2013

Amitesh Shrivastava, Apparao Galleries, Amitabh Kumar and more


Community Art Therapy Program - Apparao Galleries

De-stressing becomes increasingly necessary to be able to cope with an urban lifestyle; the Apparao Galleries, Chennai, present an art program to help people do the same with the help of Art.

Specially designed for adults from all professions and backgrounds and for people of all ages groups, Apparao Galleries presents the ‘Community Art Therapy’ program. The program is being conducted by Auroville based, Tia Pleiman, an artist and art therapist herself, she has specifically designed these long term sessions.

The program encourages self discovery through art, using various methods, like drawing, painting, mixed media work, collages, journaling, sculpture, clay modeling and many more such activities. To create and to transform is the mission statement of the program.

The program began on the 19th of May 2013 and will be held on every Sunday at the Apparao Gallery.

For any further information, please call on 28332226.

Resist  -  against gender violence through Art

Gallery Beyond, Mumbai presents a multi faceted art event, titled ‘Resist’, an intervention and protest illustrating dissent against the gender based violence rampant in today’s society. The event comprises of performance art, graffiti, site specific installations, new media, paintings, protest music and fashion.

The artists participating in the event are : Anindiya Bandopadhyay, A V Ilango, Adil Khan, Alex Davis, Anil Bakshi, Anjolie Ela Menon, Anupam Sud, Arpana Caur, Baaraan Ijlal, Balbir Krishan, Bani Pershad, Biswajit Balasubramanian, Durga Kainthola, Gigi Scaria, Puneet Kaushik, Raghava KK, Ram Rahman, RAQS Media Collective, Ritu Kamath, Saba Hasan, Satadru Sovan, Satyakam Saha, Shanti Vrinda, Shivani Aggarwal, Simeen Farhat, Suparna Mondol

The show is hosted by Engendered Gallery, New Delhi and the show is an attempt at connecting art and the community. In response to the brutal incidents in New Delhi, the show brings art that aims to look beyond cliches and conditionings and raises questions to challenge powerful socio-cultural hierarchies.

The Resist show is on till the 21st of May 2013.

Reviving Indian Folk Art Legacy at Baaya Design

Baaya Design, Mumbai has organized folk art workshops, this summer to revive the beauty and serenity of the colourful  and elegant folk art from Orissa, Patachitra.

Baaya Design will be providing all the necessary equipments for the workshop. The workshop is being conducted by the famous artist, Shashikant, who will share the intricacies and details of making this ever green art form.

The history of this art form and its propagation over the years, and its revival from niche Patachitra painters to any one who shows genuine interest in learning it will find this workshop very useful.It attempts at being a unique creative learning experience for adults and children alike this summer.

The enrollment and workshop particulars are as follows:

The workshop is being held on 25th May and 26th May 2013.

Age: 12 years & above, Time: 11am to 1.30pm & 3pm to 5.30pm (2 sessions daily)

for any more information please call: 022 65210165  or Email:

Message to Zero - using large scale murals

The Guild gallery, Mumbai presents a debut solo show of artist Amitabh Kumar titled, ‘Message to Zero’.
Amitabh Kumar is a designer and artist from New Delhi and a graduate from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda. He has worked as part of Sarai Media Lab, researching and programming events. He also designed comics and books, and has co-curated an experimental art space. He is the visiting faculty to the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.

In the show ‘Message to Zero’, Amitabh along with some of his colleagues have painted large scale murals on paper and all along the gallery wall space and outside the gallery. The 50 murals painted in various locations in Mumbai form a kind of constellation of mappable images.

The imagery in the murals comprise of symbols from various cultures and styles, to form sometimes shapes of animals and birds, and sometimes insects or  the front of a train engine. The murals are painted exclusively in black and white making the viewer focus on the symbols depicted.

The show is on view till the 29th of June 2013.

(News Reports by Sushma Sabnis) 


An environmentalist and an artist -  Amitesh Shrivastava

(Amitesh Shrivastava)

Amitesh Shrivastava is a man with deep rooted affinity for the nature. It would be safe to say he is a closet environmentalist and a practicing artist. His works mainly hover around paintings rendered in a fluid figuration mostly depicting the effects of industrialisation on earth and humankind eventually.

His paintings and palette more often are reminiscent of Rabindranath Tagore’s palette, with similarity in lines and their near transparent and slightly melancholic depictions. However, Amitesh chooses to claim his own by the subjects he chooses to paint about, mostly about the onslaught of over industrialisation and the destruction of nature and its ill effects..

A MS University Baroda, graduate, this artist associates and dissociates with the duality of today’s urban and rural lifestyles. His work toggles between two conflicting issues of preserving nature and rapid modernisation. The sitting-on-the-fence conflicts of people torn between two wants, is evident in his works. In his painting works, the human figures are portrayed ushering in new age but visually obscure modern implements and tools, which are implied to help humankind lead a simpler and easier life. However in the same pictorial space, one would find signs and hints at the impending doom of such a progression, further highlighting the long term, irreversible destruction of nature.

In a recently held workshop at Sandarbh Artists Workshops, Partapur,  Rajasthan, Amitesh took his painterly afflictions to a whole new level of environmental and socially relevant art. The project involved school children from the Daduka village, who were initially involved in the project with the emphasis on keeping the environment and one’s surrounding clean. The project titled, ‘The Pledge’ focuses on the clean up of the lake at Daduka, which has been brutally polluted by the drainage system over the years. ‘The Pledge’ project involved the students to write down each of their concerns about the village, and their surroundings on pieces of paper and these were  later attached to each other in the form of a scroll. The children involved took a solemn pledge to keep their village clean and other such declarations in public spreading awareness about pollution. The scroll was then taken around the village by groups of students meeting people and the entire community eventually contributed their concerns on to this list. 

The scroll was later pasted on to a village wall, as a reminder of the project and a direction of movement for future betterment and quality living of the community.  The whole exercise was to involve not just students of a village but the entire village in an artistic way to spread awareness of their follies causing environmental damage. The scroll was written on, drawings were made and pictures and images were later pasted to the wall as a reminder.  Taking this project as a point of departure, Amitesh then displayed his installation, made from a bicycle. The installation was an attempt to introduce his art to the villagers and to emphasise on the subject of recycling. The installation art is a modified bicycle which has been taken apart, painted on, and several other attachments like a small windowed dome shaped protrusions were added to it. From terra-cotta tiles to threshing equipments, this bicycle metamorphosed into any number of things after Amitesh finished making it. This was his attempt to bring art to the people and also to bring them closer as a community.

Amitesh with his installation art, his paintings and The Pledge project, together created a performance related art in the village with strong social and environmental messages which are bound to get addressed and attempted to be solved.

(by Sushma Sabnis)

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