Thursday, September 12, 2013

SG Vasudev book launch, Rang Photography workshop, Blow Horn Show, and more..


Photography Workshop at Delhi Photo Festival by Rang

(Rang -Photography Workshop)
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi presents a photography workshop conducted by Rang, a Delhi-based artist community, will emphasise on the 'how' of photography. The workshop also includes a guided tour of the Delhi Photo Festival 2013 and a session of Open Library, where photography books will be shared and discussed.

The workshop is for age groups 12-18 years only.

For registration please write to or call 011 4613550

The workshop is to be held on 2nd of October 2013 between 2:30 -6:30 pm.

Photography workshop for Women

Queensway Park, Chennai, presents a one-day photography workshop organized by Women Entrepreneurs India (WEI) exclusively for women. 

The worshop is designed for all women photography enthusiasts to take part in and is facilitated by an eminent photography expert from Bangalore, Joshua Remigius. 

This is an excellent opportunity for women to learn the nuances of photography. 

Registration is open to interested candidates. 

The workshop will be held on 21st September 2013.

Blow Horn
(Work by Puja Bahri)
Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi presents a solo show of paintings by upcoming artist Puja Bahri. The show titled, ‘Blow Horn’ displays her multimedia Installations and video works. 

Her repertoire includes paintings, video art, and sculpture in a semi realistic style and a mix of abstraction and figuration. Working in series and a mix and match of media, her art adorns a vibrant look. 

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

Takei Bole Ami

(Photograph on display)
Experimental Art Gallery, New Delhi presents a solo show of art works by artist Samit Das.
The sow titled, ‘Takei bole Ami/ You are said to be me’ is a graphical representation of legendary poet and writer, Rabindranath Tagore’s depictions of the conflict of his own existence. 

The show displays photographs and texts as part of addressing and interpretation of this conflict. 

The show is on view from the 15th of September to the 24th of September 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Dual celebration
An exhibition showcases veteran artist S.G. Vasudev’s works while his coffee table book offers a glimpse of his life
(Shakespeare by SG Vasudev)
Nearly five decades ago, S.G. Vasudev began his artistic journey in the city, graduating from the Government College of Fine Arts, and becoming an essential part of the Madras Movement.
Recently, the city hosted a dual celebration of the artist — both an exhibition and the launch of a book on his work and his life. And it has been a special celebration, because though he might live in Bangalore now, for Vasudev, Chennai is where it all started.
“As an artist, my life began in Chennai,” he says. “I studied at the college under K.C.S. Paniker, and later joined him and my colleagues in founding the Cholamandal Artists’ Village. The Madras art movement moulded me.”
A nostalgic trip
Not surprisingly, then, the launch of his coffee table book Vriksha: The Art And Times Of S.G. Vasudev at The Park was an emotional affair. The evening, which also featured the screening of The Open Frame, a documentary on his life by Chetan Shah, was “superb”, he says. “So many of my fellow artists, friends, and admirers were there. I felt so nostalgic!”
The book contains write-ups on Vasudev by cultural critics and commentators, including Girish Karnad, B.V.K. Shastry, Y.N. Krishnamurthy, H.A. Anil Kumar, Sadanand Menon, and a transcript of an in-depth interview of the artist by Latha Mani, not to mention beautiful images of his creations over the years.
“I’ve been thinking about putting together a book on my work for a long time, but began working on it seriously two years ago,” he comments. “I was inspired by books written by art historians and critics, but I also felt that the artist’s own voice should come through.”
Art connoisseurs in the city will have a chance to experience his artistic vision first hand through Theatre Of Life, his on-going exhibition at the Forum Art Gallery (it ends September 30). Featuring his works from 1997 to 2012, the collection is vintage Vasudev, with its rich use of earth tones — golden yellows, greens, burnished browns and reds, gorgeous texturing and subtle use of symbols.
The series of paintings is inspired by the artist’s own connections with the world of theatre, film and literature, and focusses as much on the act of storytelling as it does on the act of viewership. In some, it is the entertainer on the stage or screen who is predominant, in others, it is the members of the crowd, the multitudes in the act of consuming media who stand out.
Appealing motifs
(From Theatre of Life by SG Vasudev)
Other works bear traces of his earlier series — the nourishing, life-giving Tree Of Life, the introspective faces and eyes of the Humanscape series, and the vast, undulating green-browns of the Earthscape series. And still others introduce appealing new motifs such as the elephant in a rustic, rigorously textured setting reminiscent of cave art.
“I work on series. I leave one series when it comes to its logical conclusion, and go on to the next,” says Vasudev. “At the same time one can see the connections between them all. After all, I am what I am!”
At 72, the artist has no desire to slow down. Art is his passion, and the inspiration keeps coming. “I have so many ideas and I want to keep working on them,” he says. “There is no end.”
( Report by Divya Kumar for The Hindu)

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