Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Million Smiles, The Journey of a Butterfly and more..


A Million Smiles
( Work on display)
Ambience Mall, New Delhi presents a solo photography show of veteran photography artist Ashok P Kochhar. This would be India's largest solo photography exhibition by the eminent photographer. 
Titled, ‘A million smiles’ the show is a photography art initiative conceived by Kochhar to celebrate womanhood by exhibiting joyous smiles of more than 1000 women across Delhi - NCR. This exhibition displays a unique initiative, where experience and energy synthesizes at one place for a greater cause.

The show commences on Women’s Day, 8th March and will be on view till 16th March 2014.

The Journey of a Butterfly
( Work on display)
Goethe Zentrum, Hyderabad presents a solo show of paintings by artist Sravanthi Juluri. The show titled, ‘The Journey of a Butterfly’ is an ode to the bold and free spirited woman of today. The most scared place for Sravanthi is a plain white canvas waiting for her to express her feelings, raise her voice, and tell a story. She has always been fascinated by the human mind, and the way we react to different situations around us-pain and anger, happiness and joy. She loves to use her canvas as a story board and mostly as a tool to spread awareness about the crime committed against women and the trauma women undergo. She also likes to inspire women and young girls to look for inner strength and find the courage to stand up against the atrocities. 

The current works being showcased expose the inner thoughts and emotions of a woman, releasing her inner strength and letting go of inhibitions; feeling liberated. She explores the world in the form of a butterfly, sipping in the nectar of sweet victory. This is a show dedicated to all the women around who stood up against the odds and emerged as butterflies leading a new live.

The show is on view from 14th March to 24th March 2014.

A glimpse of an inner world
( Work on display)
Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai presents a solo show by Shilpa Welkar. The works on display are figuratives and rendered in a realistic style. For the artist self –expression enables the inner-world to step into reality. So thought takes form and there is release and realisation
Environment, upbringing, experiences and inclinations imbue all art. This builds bridges and the greater good is accomplished. Here is a catalogue through time, of musings and tendernesses and the miracle of empathy. It is both an attempt at control and a need to surrender.

The show commences on 10th March and is on view till 15th March 2014.

A Myriad Woman
( work on display)
Malaka Spice Art space presents a unique show titled, " A Myriad Woman", a painting exhibition by upcoming artist Vishalini Paliwal. 

The show displays paintings which celebrate the essence of the feminine by focusing on the nuances and myriad expressions and emotions of the woman protagonist. The works take the viewer through an array of emotions. The show coincides with the Women’s day and portrays this feminine mystique.

The show is on till 15th March 2014.

(News Reports by Sushma Sabnis)


An ode to love
The canvases of The New Romantics are filled with the colours of love as it is experienced today
(RICH AND TEXTURED Basuki's canvas)
Kynkyny’s recent group exhibition on the occasion of Valentine’s Day titled “The New Romantics” showcased the artists’ perspective on the idea of romance, in their signature style.
The exhibition featured artworks in a range of media including acrylic, charcoal, pen and ink, tempera, collage, oil and mixed media.
Basuki Dasgupta’s landscape is a vivid red, signifying romance, with the figures — faces of a man and a woman, painted to appear as one. The canvas itself is rich and textured.
“The concept behind my painting is the relationship between a man and a woman. Two different units are coming together to show that they are one. I believe that when two souls come together with an emotional and logical understanding, something positive can come from it. That is romance,” explains Basuki.
“Life started when the elements of fire and water cam together. They are two extreme powers. But the appearance of love has changed though the form remains the same. I have shown this by making my canvas textured, to show that we live in a rough world today.”
G.Subramanian works with the medium of collage, creating images of the iconic Indian lovers, Radha and Krishna. Subramanian’s figures are rounded, their eyes are closed and they smile dreamily, appearing intoxicated by their togetherness.
“I like painting subjects from Indian tradition and I didn’t want to borrow from the tradition of the miniatures by painting Krishna and his gopis. I have always felt that Radha and Krishna make a nice pair. She’s older than him, she’s more mature and more caring,” says Subramanian, who believes that his work should spread joy.
“And my subjects have their eyes closed because I think it’s more romantic. When you have your eyes closed, your vision becomes infinite. And that’s what I wanted to express through the collage. I believe that it’s the love between a man and a woman that gives life to the earth.”
Sachin Jaltare fills his canvases with smoky, half-formed figures of a man and a woman in a delicate embrace. The only hint of colour, a vivid red, is on their foreheads. Their eyes too are closed, as if they are exist on another plane and their faces express an unfathomable depth
“I represent the Indian deities Shiva and Shakti, as body and energy, through my works. I have always been fascinated by the idea of Shiva Tattva or the supreme consciousness that represents the universe. As I started working I developed my own style of expression. The figures in my paintings are not completely clear, nor are they completely abstract,” he explains.
“And only when Shiva and Parvati, together as energies, can serve the purpose just as a bulb cannot be used without electricity.”
The exhibition also feature works by Basuki Dasgupta, Bakula Nayak, Dhrubajyoti Baral, Doddamani, G. Subramanian, Nishant Dange, Praveen Kumar, Subrata Das and Sachin Jaltare.
“The New Romantics” will be on view until March 8th 2014.
( Report by Harshini Vakkalanka for The Hindu)

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