Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dancing with Angels, JJ 80's, Forms of the New Aesthetic and more..


Dancing With Angels

Jehangir Nicholson Gallery of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai presents a unique event  where modern dance and visual art unite. Renowned dancer, Astad Deboo, pioneer of modern dance in India will urge the viewer to look at the exquisite art works, paintings of eminent artist Mohan Samant, in a fresh new light.

Samant reveled in all forms of art and was as passionate a musician as an artist. The event hopes to draw the single thread which binds all art forms in a since thread of creativity further enriching the experiences for the audience.

The show will be held at 5:30 pm on 24th January 2014.

JJ 80’s

Sir J J School of Art and Arka Art Trust, Mumbai jointly present a show titled, ‘JJ 80‘s - The Juncture of Relevance and Reverence’. In addition to the ongoing exhibition there will be a talk series with eminent abstractionist Prabhakar Kolte, on 8th January 2:30 pm and a talk series with Sharmila Samant on 7th January at 2:30 pm, with Atul Dodiya on 8th January at 4:00pm and Sunil Gawde on 9th January at 2:30pm. A screening of films by P Mansaram on 11th January at 4:00pm, Rear View Mirror, Devi Stuffed Goat and Pink Cloth, Intersect, Tea Drinking Man, Mcluhan Piazza.

The show is on view till 12th January 2014.

Forms of the new Aesthetic
(Forms of the New Aesthetic)
Sakshi Art gallery, Mumbai presents artist Remen Chopra and curator Veeranganakumari Solanki in a conversation to reveal the form of the new-aesthetic. The unusual discussion is a visual sound, shadow and verbal narrative aimed at inculcating the new-aesthetic which is on the brink of spilling over into a renewal of ideas, forms, creative concepts and reflective thought forms.

The performance will be placed in the medium of time, where the artist will weave a prose with projections of visuals into the theories of the curator’s structure, leading to the establishment of principles within the harmony of diversity in a fractured post-modern world. It will also create a base for the new aesthetic while posing questions, proposing answers and stimulating thought forms regarding its progress.

The script for the performance is done by Remen Chopra and Veeranganakumari Solanki and video and sound is by Laura Becattini, Gaurav Narula and Pradeep Saha.

The performance will take place at 6:30 pm on 7th January 2013.

Mysterious Hues
(work on display)
Vermilion House, Bangalore presents a two person show titled, ‘Mysterious Hues’ an exhibition of paintings by artists P ShakthiVel and Priya. 

The works are rendered in oil pastels on paper and canvas and are nature abstracts and landscapes. Employing a multitude of techniques to bring forth an exquisite collection of works. The artist will demonstrate oil pastel techniques  as part of the on going show for eager learners.

The exhibition is on view till 11th January 2014.

(News Reports by Sushma Sabnis)

Success from scrap
A fabricator turns artist by creating a sculpture of his favourite mare, now on display at Numaish
(THE MAN AND MARE Samdani poses with his installation.)
“Salma is beautiful. She is everyone’s favourite at Bibi-ka-alam. Mine too,” says Samdani. For those who are wondering who this Salma is, she is the most sought after mare for baaraat processions in the city. But what has Samdani, a fabricator by profession, have to do with baaraats? Samdani has created a ghori (mare) so beautiful it is hard to say he isn’t an artist. His artistic installation is a tribute to Salma, ghoriand a warrior influenced by Rajnikanth starrer Robot.
Made entirely from scarp metal, the creation is a crowd puller at the garden of the Numaish office in Nampally. The detailing which has gone into Samdani’s Salma is worth mentioning. He says, “This is an exact replica of Salma. I would go and look at her for hours to capture the right picture in my mind. I don’t have a camera to click photos, so it took me several trips to get the detailing right.”
Visitors to the exhibition are in awe of this horse because of the way Samdani has worked on the contour of the muscles with metal to give it a real feel. So much so that even the nostrils are hollow and are interlinked like they are in reality.
The warrior standing next to the horse is also made of scarp metal. Samdani has made use of a lot of cycle spare parts to put the mare and the warrior together.
Samdani says he has been working as a fabricator ever since he learnt to work. He studied till Std. VII and has been working since then. “I started my shop when I was 18 years-old. I live and work in the Bahadurpura area,” he says.
The idea of a sculpture came to his mind when as a regular visitor at Numaish he saw exhibits by artists made from scrap installed in several parts of the exhibition ground. “I liked the idea and I was so sure I can do something on those lines. I always wanted to do something artistic but didn’t know where to put them up for people to see,” says Samdani.
Talking about education and childhood, Samdani wants to impart the best of education to his five children. “I have four daughters and one son. I want to educate all my daughters and make them independent,” he smiles.
Any more sculptures in mind? Samdani replies, “I have a lot of ideas but I need someone to come and see what I can do.”

(Report by Prabalika M Borah; Photos by Nagara Gopal for The Hindu)

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