Thursday, January 23, 2014

Line & Colours, Junk Art exhibition and more..


Lines & Colours

Gallery 4 at the Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore presents an exhibition of mural paintings by two artists, Krishnan V R and Roy K John from Kerala.
The show is a kind of commemoration,  through lines with life. The history murals in Kerala can be traced to the seventh or eighth century AD. Though the art form developed as  temple art, it soon spread its wings and became universal. The murals of Kerala bear the stamp of uniqueness in aesthetic composition and technique. Kerala has the second largest collection of archaeologically important mural sites. Ancient places like Padmanabhapuram, Krishnapuram and Mattancherry are enriched with murals. 

The show displays some exquisite murals painted by the two artists as a commemoration of the use of line, form, colour and aesthetic beauty. The show is on view till 27th January 2014.
Annual show of La Mere
(Work on display)
Galerie La Mere, Kolkata presents its annual show with a group of artists works. The show displays drawings, paintings and sculptures by eminent artists. The show displays paintings in oil and acrylic, prints and sculptures.

The participating artists are eminent names like Jogen Chowdhury, Robin Mondel, Bratin Khan, Ganesh Haloi, Wasim Kapoor among several others.

The show is on view till 25th January 2014.

Junk Art Exhibition
(Work on display)
Chitra Kala Parishath, Bangalore presents the solo show of artist Ilyas Ahmed. The works on display have a unique medium, they are all made out of junk, pieces of metal scrap or rusted tin, nuts, bolts or even screws, nails for that matter are transformed into an incredible art work. 
Ilyas Ahmed is an artist who creates art from discarded nuts, bolts, springs and vehicle spare parts. His expedition into the art world started as a hobby when he was in his teens. Over the years he had nurtured his passion after discovering his hidden talent during his tenure at Hindustan Aeronautics limited (HAL), where he had joined at the age of 19 as a welder.The most striking part of the whole process is that the sculptures are created with equal sense of balance, symmetry, proportion. Amongst his creations are the metallic horses with a stationery bunch of chains for tails, the ferocious lions, squirrel with its favourite peanut in its hands are overwhelming to watch.

The show is on view till 27th January 2014.
Art for Art Sake 
( work by Seema Kohli on display)
Arte Quest and Gallery Space, Hyderabad present a group exhibition of paintings and drawings by well known contemporary artists of the country today.

The participating artists are Laxma Goud, Suhas Roy, Rini Dhumal, Sudip Roy, Lalita Lajmi, Thota Vaikuntam, Manu Parekh, Harsha Vardhan, Prabhakar Kolte, Seema Kohli, Thota Tharani, Yusuf Arakkal, Ramesh Gorjala, Akbar Mohammad, Sachin Jaltare, Rachana Nagarkar, Maruthi Paila, Kandi Narsimulu, B Bhaskar Rao, Amit Bahar, Niranjan, Jacob Jebaraj and Lopa Mudra.

The show is to be inaugurated by K Basi Reddy, CMD Digiquest India Ltd. 
The show previews on 25th January 2014 at 6:30 pm and continues to be on view till 20th February 2014.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)
Feminine narratives
EXHIBITION: The show “Subjects and Spaces” shows the journey of women from Colonial India to the modern-day private studios
(FEMALE GAZE Some photos from the exhibition)
Projecting a female body in seductive frontal displays, women bathing or set against romanticised European-inspired landscapes, luxuriating figures were hard to imagine in the 19th Century public sphere. An exhibition by Tasveer Foundation at Moonriver studio, on till February 5, takes one on a journey of women from Colonial India to the private studios of the 20th Century through photographs.
The theme of the exhibition, “Subjects and Spaces”, focuses on women occupying the physical spaces while being photographed. The subjects shown in domestic, outdoor, group and performative spaces, are represented exclusively through the male prism. It brings images of women of diverse and contrasting backgrounds, casting a light on the historical trajectory involving women in a Colonial era.
“We wanted to focus attention on photographs of Indian women and how they were being represented. The bulk of 19th and early 20th Century photography in this country is made up of portraits of men and topographical views of architectural sites, and so on. This bias interested us and so we began to pull out some of the more interesting photographs that did include women, to see what kind of narratives and themes might emerge,” says Abhishek Poddar, founder of Tasveer Foundation.
(FEMALE GAZE Some photos from the exhibition)
The 70 images displayed have an aesthetic appeal while introducing the feminine identity through the lens wielded by British and Indian photographers. The portraits of women adorned with jewels and ethnic costumes are pictorial representations of places like Kashmir, Bengal and Maharashtra.
The pictures are from the archives of the Foundation. Abhishek selected images of women shown in the different physical spaces they inhabited, such as women in studios, with children, in groups, posing with flowers — all showing how they lived and were perceived. He has also included famous photographs of women from India’s photographic history — from Watson and Kaye’s “The People of India” (1868-75), the Nautch girl photographs by E. Taurines (1880s), the anonymous studio photographs of normal people, and Hindi cinema images, such as the original lobby card from the 1955 movie Shree 420 showing Nargis and Raj Kapoor standing in the rain.
Besides portraits of royal and political families, the pictures of film stars such as Nimmi, Vyjayantimala and Saira Banu depict modernity and feminine boldness, breaking out of the straitjacket society prescribes for them.
( Report by Abir Ahmed for The Hindu)

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