Friday, August 16, 2013

Concurrents, Nine Nomadisms, Wax modelling and more..


Concurrents show

(Work at the show)
Alankritha Art Gallery, Hyderabad presents a group show of senior and eminent artist from the country, titled ‘Concurrents’. The show is a celebration towards the completion of ten years of the gallery’s dedication towards art.

The show comprises of art works by artists, Anand Panchal, Jagannath Paul, JMS Mani, Laxman Aelay, Nagesh Goud, Sadaanandan PK, Santhana Krishnan, Sreekanth Kurva, Subramanian G, Vaikuntan Thota.

The show displays oil on canvas and acrylic on canvas works, sculptures and prints making this an eclectic collection of numerous styles and mediums employed by the contemporary masters.

The show is on till the 22nd of August 2013.

Islamic Art Splendour Show

( Works at the show)
To promote Islamic art from the UAE and keeping in spirit of the season Ahmedia Art Gallery invited  local and international artists who specialise in Quranic Art, Calligraphy and Arabesque themes to submit their works. To commemorate the season of giving the art gallery supported these locally residing artist community to participate in the event without any entry fee. 

There are above 30 original works that will be on display from the 18th of August  to 30th of August 2013.

The participating artists are Anna Maharani (Ukraine), Ashvin (India), B’lu (India)
Salman Ghaith (Iraq), Sanaa Merchant (Pakistan), Zaahirah Zabeen Muthy (Mauritius).

Chosen works of these above artists will be displayed for sale during the post-Ramadan exhibition 'Islamic Art Splendour' event that also has a unique collection of museum art collected from across the GCC region.

Ahmedia Art Gallery promotes international art while dedicating itself to represent the Emirate's true cultural heritage. It encourages established and emerging contemporary artists from the Middle East through individual and group exhibitions.For more details:email , or call on +971 50 1744158; +971 50 3808699 

Nine Nomadisms

(A work by Kemi Basseni)
Clark House Initiative, Mumbai presents a show of the Senegal based artist, Kemi  Basseni titled,‘Nine’. the show displays his unique and engaging photography works. He is a photographer and musicologist. He is a founding member of the artisitic and editorial collective afrikadaa, based in Paris and Dakar. He works on fragments of african cultures as intersections out of Africa. He has been taking photographs since he was seven.

‘Nine’ opens on the 16th of August between 6pm- 9pm and the show is a link between starting point and the destination. The works are about nine nomadisms in relation to coloniality, and walking together for a common goal.

The solo exhibition by Kemi Basseni  has interventions in the space by Amol Patil & Yogesh Barve.

Tusk Show

( A work on display at the show)
Artists’ Centre, Mumbai presents a solo show of exquisite artworks by artist Saudamini  Sharma. The show is titled, ‘Tusk’ and displays works related to the strength of the tusked animal, elephants. Employing mixed media, oil and acrylics on canvas and various textural and stylistic elements, the artist has expressed her respect nd admiration of the endurance and elegance of the animal. Her faith in Lord Shiva has also played a role in her work and artistic expressions.

The show previewed on 12th of August with the inaugural by Mohd, Arif Naseem Khan, Minister for Textiles Minorities Development and AUKAF, Government of Maharashtra, and  ghazal and playback singer Hariharan.

The show is on view till the 18th of August 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


WAX eloquent
People U.M.T. M. Sumesh celebrates Independence Day with candle carvings of leaders
( Artist U M T M Sumesh)
U.M.T. M. Sumesh pays homage of freedom fighters and national leaders on Independence Day with candle wax. He meticulously carves out a face with a razor, delicately highlights the features with a sketch pen and gives a finishing touch with water colours. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stares out of a candle head complete with his military gear and glasses. The coloured glasses are made from thread.
A technician at ABT Maruti, Sumesh spent 20 days and used up three boxes of candles to create hand-carvings of the bust of 24 national leaders. “It’s my way of paying homage to the leaders,” he says.
( Wax models carved )
He started off with Mahatma Gandhi. “It was very easy as he wears no shirt,” smiles the young artist. He looks up to leaders such as educationist Dr.S. Radhakrishnan, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and Indira Gandhi and all of them find a place in his collection. “I replicate the face from a photograph. Then highlight the shape of the face, eyebrows, nose… and ensure that the image looks like the personality.”
He spent over an hour on every carving. “It was easy to carve the face and bust of leaders like Kamarajar, Vinobaji and Abdul Kalam Azad. I took more time for Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, to get his blazer, the tie and the glasses right,” he explains.
( Wax models)
He used a technique of scoring with razor and then painting with sketch pens to create a look alike of Rabindranath Tagore with his flowing beard. A vibrant use of mix-and-match colours give life to the hand-carvings of Bhagat Singh, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, to name a few. Bharathiar’s moustache stands out, as do his trademark black coat and the white turban.
Sumesh plans to exhibit the collection at colleges and schools to make students aware of the pre-independent history and to spare a thought for the leaders. “My objective is to get people to remember the leaders on the occasion of Independence Day,” he says. U.M.T stands for Unnaal Mudiyum Thambi, an association led by UMT Raja. It identifies and promotes people who are talented in music, dance, education, and the arts.
( Report and image courtesy - The Hindu)

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