Friday, August 23, 2013

Confronting Rape Culture show, Frames of Reference, Rustic hues and more..


Confronting Rape Culture

(A photograph by Chandan Gomes)
Apne Aap, an NGO along with Press Club of India , New Delhi are organising a photography exhibition titled ‘Confronting Rape Culture’ by upcoming photographer Chandan Gomes. 

The exhibition showcases photographs taken during the public protests post the December 16th, Delhi gang rape case. The photo exhibition serves as a grim reminder of the prevalent public resentment and anguish expressed by the citizens of Delhi against the backdrop of the barbaric rape. 

More than 30 powerful images capture the coming together of students, women activists and bystanders in large numbers united by a common cause- eradicating the evil of rape.

The show is on view from the 25th of August 2013 to the 31st of August 2013 at the Press Club of India.

Frames of Reference
( A work by Amrish Vaidya)
Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai brings an unusual perspective of the urban grunge, life of the city bred, marinated humanity. Opening this Friday, the 23rd August 2013, is a solo show of photographs by paediatric surgeon Amrish Vaidya. The show is titled, ‘Frames of Reference’.

The perspectives of the surgeon’s precise eyes are seen in the way he captures the seemingly harsh and primal side of the city he lives in. There is an obvious rawness to the facet of his works and in this is embedded an underlying quiet aesthetic of beauty. Bricks breaking loose from an old wall, dark spots on aging portions of the city, peeling paint and plaster on house facades, all echo in unison the multiple stories of time.

Amrish uncovers this beauty by aiming his camera at the urban and the rural cityscape which veils the ugly with oodles of gloss. Wiping the gloss, in true clinical sense, he urges the viewer to experience,  more than ‘see’ the beauty.

The show is on view till the 7th of September 2013.

A view of Abstraction
( A work on display)
The Promenade Lounge of the Taj Bengal, Kolkata presents a solo show of art works by the artist Gopinath Saha. The works on display are primarily rendered in oil and acrylic on canvas with vivid manifestations.

The works are colourful and vibrant with various styles of abstractions. The venue does ample justice to the display of the exquisite works of the artist.

The show is on view till the 25th of August 2013.

Rustic Hues Show
( A work at the show)
The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi presents a solo show of art works by artist, Dr.Karunaa Paal Gupta. The show is titled ‘ Rustic Hues’ and the works on display traverse a style which can be seen as a new age Warli and ethnic Indian art.
The artist has explored and blended several styles of tribal art forms and techniques on canvas using acrylics, dyes, inks and other mixed media.

The show is curated by Vikram Sethi and will be inaugurated by Dr Tibor Kovacs on the 23rd of August 2013 between 6 - 8 pm.

The show is on view till the 30th of August 2013. 

( News reports by Sushma Sabnis)

Call of Colours
Six artists portray varied themes in the exhibition at Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery
( Painting by M Mani)
One January, M. Babu went to Thirunangur in Nagapattinam to visit his periamma. Once there, he took in the sights of the village, known for its Garuda Seva. Pious looking men, old and young, and children walked towards the temple and Babu captured them all on camera. It took him just 10 days to create as many watercolour paintings — five in monotone and five in multi-colour.
Babu is among the six artists showcasing their works, figurative and abstract, in the seventh painting exhibition in the Silver Jubilee series of Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery.
( Painting by K Manoj)
M. Mani, who hails from Athoor near Salem, specialises in everyday scenes. In a village, a little girl sat on her hunches, drawing a kolam when Mani asked her to pose for a photograph. She turned her face, smiling widely, even as her hands got ready to draw the next line. She’s now the subject of a watercolour. His vibrant ‘Pallakku’ (palanquin) is thought provoking. “From the moment we are created, we are supported at every stage — the womb, the cradle, the earth, and finally the coffin. That’s the subject of this painting,” he explains.
(The acrlyic 'Pallakku' by M. Mani. )
P. Selvam loves abstracts. His acrylics on canvas attempt to capture ephemeral moments. In one work, a notepad is filled with scribbles. Above it is a drawing of a man afloat. “We think a lot, get confused and finally attain clarity. The drawing of a man is the clarity that follows the scribbles,” explains Selvam.
(Babu's painting in the Garuda Seva series)
In ‘Freedom’, a little butterfly flies in the big blue sky. Below it is a hand with the imprint of the butterfly on two fingers. Someone attempted to catch it, but freedom beckoned. In another canvas, which he describes as the transition from figurative to abstract art, a tiny figure floats in the midst of splashes of colour, the last link to figurative art.
( Artists with the works)
K. Panchanathan teaches in a village school. He has put together a collection of landscapes created from imagination and still life paintings. K. Manoj focusses on people — a lady wearing a blue sari and praying in a temple — and scenes from the beach. There’s the balloon stall on a windy beach, the sundal seller and more. V. Vimaleshwaran’s abstracts are on show too.
The exhibition is on till August 25. The works are priced from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 30,000. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. For details, call 0422-2574110.
(Report by Subha J Rao, Photos by K Ananthan for The Hindu)

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