Friday, November 15, 2013

The Future of Museums, Fo Fecet, Labyrinth of Abstraction and more..


The Future of Museums
(Dr Kavita Singh)
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai presents a lecture titled ‘The Future of Ethnographic Museums’ by Dr. Kavita Singh, art historian, on Saturday, 16th November, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

Observers regularly predict the imminent death of the ethnographic museum, an institution that was born of colonial entanglements and that now seems an embarrassing relic of an earlier age. Kavita seeks to present a contrarian view: rather than seeing the ethnographic museum as a thing of the past, she argues that all museums of the future will be ethnographic. She posits that the ethnographic mode underlies or will soon underlie all major museal and exhibitory forms to a greater or a lesser degree. To demonstrate this, Kavita will draw on examples of museums that are burgeoning across China, South East Asia, South Asia and the Gulf states, discussing the ways they respond to the pulls and pushes of a global cultural economy and global cultural circulation through processes of description and inscription in ways that are distinctly ethnographic.

Dr. Kavita Singh is an art historian and Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU. The lecture will be held in the Origins of Mumbai Gallery at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. 

Between Imagination & Reality

(A work by Abhimanyu Ray )
‘Between Imagination & Reality’ a group art exhibition featuring the works of artists like Pradosh Swain, Datta Bhansode,  Abhimanyu Ray and Viraj Naik. The art works displayed at Galleria showcases their perception of mind which is different to reality. The creative imagery is expressed on canvas through vivid use of colors and bold strikes. 

Pradosh Swain is a Delhi based artist who is an alumnus of Utkal University. Datta Bhansode is a contemporary artist from Pune who draws is inspiration from nature, social issues and Buddha. Abhimanyu Ray is an excellent artists and a filmmaker.
Viraj Naik is a Goa based artist, known for his solo exhibitions like ‘Does Size Matter?’, ‘Reading Paint’ and ‘Inaugural Show’.

The show is on view till 5th December 2013.

Fo Fecet
( Work by Samir Mondal at the show)
Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai presents the works of artists Prabhaker Golteh, Samir Mondal, Sunil Padwal and Ravi Kumar Kashi at the exhibition titled 'Fo Fecet'.

Ravikumar Kashi is a versatile artist who loves experimenting with various mediums which he uses to create paintings, prints and installation works. He studied at College of Fine Arts in Bangalore. He also holds a master's degree in printmaking. Sunil Padwal’s artworks are simple, bold and distinct. There is a certain mystery behind his paintings which urge the viewer to think over the patterns and designs that he creates. He uses his aptitude to create unique artworks. Samir Mondal is popularly known as 'The Watercolour Man', is a keen admirer of watercolours. Each of his artworks possesses elegance, richness and substance. Most of his works are an influence of the events of his own life.
The show is on view till 10th December 2013.

Labyrinth of Abstraction
(Work on display)
Gallery Third Eye , Bangalore presents an eye - catching treat for all art lovers in the city. Titled ‘Labyrinth of Abstraction’, the exhibition displays some amazing art works by two of the eminent artists of the country today, N. Kanthraj and Shan Re.

Shan Re is a versatile artist who has painted on a wide array of subjects and genres like abstract expressionism, minimalism, figuration and geometric abstraction. Having participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions in Bangalore, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, the artist's strength is her ability to invoke human emotions with minimal detailing, graceful colours and simple forms. 
Kanthraj is a lover of painting landscapes, figurative and abstracts in acrylic on canvas,water colour and pencil crafts. The artist believes that art is a way to unleash emotions and feelings.
The show is on view till 30th November 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)

Urban legend
Two artists’ impressions of life in the city
(The bigger picture, work by Sanjeeva Rao)
We take our realities for granted until change comes a-calling. Between The Lines, on at Apparao Galleries, features the works of S. Nataraj and Sanjeeva Rao, two artists trying to negotiate change as they moved from their hometowns in rural hinterlands to urban India. The paintings on display have a mythical quality while detailing a sense of un-belonging. While Sanjeeva’s work tackles power, that is the very lifeline of urban living, and the associated elements of violence with the use of chairs and tails, S. Nataraj works on the themes of alimentation and disorientation.
Their two seemingly different worlds soon collapse, and as you walk around the gallery, the paintings come together and paint a much larger picture. Suddenly the juxtaposition of their works makes more sense. If Sanjeeva’s chairs have tails — the higher the chair, the longer the tail, Nataraj’s canvases are filled with flying birds, rooted animals and floating men. A note at the exhibit reads, “The self is what we know the most intimately. Yet this self is connected to the rest of the world, like a silken thread in the fragile web of life, through a multitude of interconnections and shared experiences. While the tree cannot be mistaken for the woods, the self offers a good vantage point to study the rest of humanity. Between The Lines  is an engaging show of two such young artists from Andhra Pradesh whose works evolve from a personal perspective to create enduring testimonies of our current times. Both artists share a similar background in that they received their education in Andhra Pradesh and Bangalore and lived in the latter city for a period negotiating not only their move from a rural environment to the city but also becoming acutely aware of notions of belonging and home.” 
( Work by S Natraj at the show)
Sanjeeva brings together seemingly unrelated elements (stars, zebra, a long scooter, men lined up on it carrying gas cylinders and flags) and creates a stunning range of portraits. The most awe-inspiring one is a collection of six portraits placed right next to each other to create one large canvas. There is chaos as well as clarity. There are pehelwan-like men with long tails arm-wrestling; a large hat sits precariously on a small head… A world of satire that reminds one of Orwell as well as Panchatantra. Which is also the feeling Nataraj’s works evoke. A burst of colours with birds, animals, trees, rootless homes and humans all coming together to create a netherworld. Where you exist only as a floating immigrant, sometimes hanging on to the tail of an elephant, and at others, wearing an elephant mask for a face…
Between The Lines is on till November 30 at Apparao Galleries.
(Report by Lakshmi Krupa for The Hindu)

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