Thursday, December 26, 2013

Look Around, Aroma 5, Thread Art and more..


Look Around
( Work on display)
Bliss Art Gallery, Pune, presents a solo show of art works by artist Seema Ghiya. Titled, ‘Look Around’ the show has on display some exquisite art works by the artist. Seema works in the water colour on canvas and paper, and some of the paintings on view are also rendered in charcoals and pencils on paper.

The artist finds inspirations from various sources such as rural landscapes, sea and waterscapes, realistic portraitures also feature in the collection on display. With a keen sense of realistic figuration, Seema’s works on show encompass the mix of rural and urban influences to make an interesting show.

The exhibition is on view till 4th January 2014.

Aroma 5

Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai presents an art exhibition by Corporate Art India, titled, ‘Aroma 5’. Corporate Art India has been holding large scale group shows in the country to promote upcoming and emerging talent and also displaying works of eminent artists.

Various artists will display their unique and exclusive paintings and sculptures from different parts of the country and the world.

Aroma 5 is a fifth edition of Corporate Art India’s efforts to bring quality art to the fore. The show is jointly curated by Pravash Chatterjee and Minaksshi Bhattacharya.

The show commences on 3rd January and is on view till 7th January 2014.


Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore presents a solo painting exhibition titled, ‘Splash’. 
The painting exhibition displays the works of artist Vijaya Sri. The works encompass a variety of emotions that the works have been influenced by. Nuances of memory, dreams, achievements, disappointments, joys, sorrows, laughter, serenity and of life itself surface in the vibrant works of Vijaya.

The works on display are mostly figuratives rendered in acrylic on canvas medium.

The show is on view from 1st of January to 3rd January 2014.

Thread Art
(Work on display)
Malaka Spice art space, Pune, presents a unique exhibition of paintings by Gunjan Arora and Rahul Jain. 

Titled ‘Threadarte’ the show displays the thread based works of Gunjan and Rahul. These metaphorical threads hum the many notes, each for the many running thoughts they have, all the time. Each strand gets knotted onto another just how a thought leads to another till it all begins to make sense. Fluid as they are, these threads lend us thoughts to begin with and lead on. 

Through the many visuals they have created both abstract and figurative art, reliving little journeys they made in the past, some physically and some like expressions in their minds, knot by knot like little steps leading somewhere meaningful.

The show is on view till 31st December 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)

Collective interest
A newly formed art collective promises to be an exciting narrative in the Chennai art scene for both artists and art lovers
( Apart of the Collective's exhibits)
Mazhalai — the lisp of children — is how they see their latest works. That is because artists of the Karuppu Art Collective are constantly reinventing themselves in terms of material, methods and concepts. This newly formed collective promises to be an interesting narrative in the Chennai art scene for both artists and art lovers, because the group has come together with dual intentions — to exchange ideas with each other, and to explore and disseminate the nuances of art to all those interested in art. The collective’s first exhibition was flagged off by the panel discussion The Status Of Chennai Art Movement by Rm. Palaniappan, regional secretary, Lalit Kala Academy; Sadanand Menon, art and culture critic; and Chandru G., art historian, writer and retired principal of the Government College of Fine Arts.
The artists of the Collective happen to be of assorted ages and art disciplines, and include Aparajithan Adimoolam, Chandru G., Ebenezer Sunder Singh, Krishnapriya C.P., Maria Antony Raj, Michael Irudayaraj, Natesh Muthuswamy, Narendran K. and Sharmila Mohandas. Incidentally, all of them happen to be the alumni of the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. They may be out of college now, but Chandru remains their mentor. “Among other things, he helped us all break free from set moulds and the European baggage,” mentions Natesh, and adds, “Art is the last free democratic space we have for self expression, and Karuppu will be a stage for that.”
Though they formally got together earlier this year, these artists had always been in touch. They decided on the karuppu (black) tag — as a tribute to the black of the sketches that is fundamental to art work; as a symbol of the unknown and the untold, which these artists seek to explore; and also because it paraphrases the fact that art internalises all facets of life. Another aspect that stands out about this collective is that these artists are articulate about art, and their meetings are boisterous occasions. They bask in each other’s company and revel in heated discussions and friendly leg-pulling, breaking traditional notions of artists being solemn.
Art is an individual endeavour. Would belonging to a collective wear off the individuality of their art works? “No, the effect is positive, we learn from each other,” says Krishnapriya. “I would say that the only commonality in our art is that none of us would do decorative art or compromise on our art to cater to markets,” adds Aparajithan. “It is a space for discussion and sharing,” says Michael Irudayaraj. “And of course, a collective does become functionally advantageous when it comes to arranging for gallery space,” Narendran mentions.
The Lisp Of Children includes an eclectic array of art from acrylic-on-canvas and ink-on-paper to fibre-glass sculptures and art work with inset LED lights. The works of the Collective is on display at the residence of Anitha and A.S. Panneerselvan at Cholamandal Artists’ Village on ECR. It will end on December 28 with a panel discussion on modern Tamil artistic milieu, anchored by writers, theatre persons and filmmakers.
For details, visit Karuppu Art Collective
(Report by Hema Vijay for The Hindu)

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