Life In Art
24th Jan – 23rd Feb
10:00am – 06:00pm
Achies Art Gallery, Guirdolim, Chandor, Cansaulim, South, Goa
‘Life’ – a subject chosen to represent any living form, feeling or the curious mind. Works include installations and paintings. Mohan Naik’s bold works of oil with shepherds, farmers, goats and farms; Aadhi Vishal’s modern intrinsic works in acrylics, Katharina Poggendorf Kakar’s ‘Shrine of 7 mothers’ of fibreglass, copper, burned clay, cotton shawls, iron frame; Hitesh Pankar’s contemporary reminiscing works in acrylics; Harshada Kerkar’s dry pastels paintings in warm colours, Ramona Galardi’s calligraphic creations, etc. are some of the works of the show.
EVENTS IN DELHI
Art Alert: MesoDomain
The exhibition opens January 19th and is on till February 27th
Where: Nature Morte, Neeti Bagh
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm (Sundays closed)
Art without borders.
Art, as we should know it, has mind-expanding qualities. It makes one think, rethink, and question existing beliefs. And while we understand it’s not the most accessible medium, its purpose is not to scare but to inspire. So, starting this month, we are launching a monthly section focussing on exhibits that are breaking down barriers and are worth your time (and money)!
Martand Khosla’s MesoDomain at Gallery Nature Morte is our first pick. Martand, who is also an architect, has been involved with the process of construction and the dilemmas of growing urbanisation, exploring both continuity and transformation through his art. Through an assortment of media and forms—installations and sculptures using a combination of different materials—he responds to the issues of planning, shelter, migration, and the point of contact between order and disorder. He defines this show as the space in between known areas that is intangible and without boundaries. Like no-man’s-land, this space could exist in the purely abstract sphere.
Just to give you a taste of what the show promises, we selected an artwork that held our attention and captured its essence. Titled Inflection Point 3, it’s created out of steel and brass plates and stainless steel cables, and is an exploration of actions surrounding urbanisation, migration, construction, equality, mining and political power. It looks at the relationship between power and people, and how order and disorder negotiate a balance with each other.
In this particular artwork, there’s a house and sets of steps, made out of brass, placed on a steel plate with cables connecting the disjointed pieces. Basically, it’s a house with no way out and stairs that lead nowhere that touch upon concerns over our place in the universe and questions surrounding freedom. We’ve all felt stuck at some point in our life, literally or figuratively, and this is what it speaks to. The possibilities are endless; one just needs to think outside the box.
Preview: India Art Fair 2016
Where: NSIC Grounds, Okhla
When: January 29th to January 31st
Timings: 1 pm to 10 pm
Entry: Rs 499
Tickets available on BookMyShow
India’s biggest art fair returns to the Capital for its eighth edition.
Launched in 2008, India Art Fair is one of Southeast Asia’s leading annual events that showcases modern and contemporary art, often through galleries and institutions. Now in its eighth year, IAF has become one of the largest art fairs in the country, and fifth most-attended art fair in the world, catering to students and art enthusiasts as well as renowned art collectors and famous artists. So, it being given the status of a ‘temporary museum’ by the Ministry of Culture doesn’t come as a surprise to us.
If you are new to the world of art, you might want to start with the paintings of MF Husain, which will be on display at the Archer Art Gallery stall. Aakriti Art Gallery will be presenting oil paintings by Ram Kumar, one of India’s foremost abstract painters. Do watch out for Grosvenor Gallery’s exhibition of new paintings by Sri Lankan artist Senaka Senanayake, one of South Asia’s leading painters, and Ram Rahman’s photo installation presented by The Guild.
The idea behind IAF is not only to bridge the gap between artists and art collectors but also to facilitate a dialogue surrounding emerging talent, new trends in the art market, changing discourses in art theory, and more. At this year’s festival, the Speaker’s Forum will see lectures and conversations involving artists, curators, administrators and gallerists. Watch out for the talks Convergent Boundaries: Where Art and Literature Meet by Javed Akhtar and Gulammohammed Sheikh, Between Tragedy and Farce: Takes on the Performance Archive moderated by Rustom Bharucha, and Towards a Culture of Corporate Patronage by Amin Jaffer, international director of Asian art at Christie’s.
Continuing with the idea of engaging the audience, IAF launched the Spotlight Series in 2015. While the Speaker’s Forum focuses on broader topics, the Spotlight Series will have talks and presentations on the cultural landscape of India. There will be reflections on Le Corbusier’s work in India, Ebrahim Alkazi’s contribution to the making, dissemination and reception of modern Indian art, the online retail space helping the art market in India grow, and the importance and impact of cultural institutions on a city’s tourism.
IAF 2016 has also introduced a special screening of film and video art from across the world. Curated by filmmaker Shai Heredia, the screening schedule will include movies like Bare, in which the director has used home footage and recorded phone conversations to reach out to her alcoholic father; Jan Villa, exploring the repercussions of the 2005 floods in Mumbai; and Pati, on the devastation of Pati (in Madhya Pradesh) due to widespread deforestation.
BMW, the presenting partner for IAF, will be showcasing their legendary Cesar Manrique BMW 730i Art Car. Letting an artist use the car as their canvas is a tradition that was started by Hervé Poulain, the famous race car driver, back in 1975 and, over the years, artists like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons have been part of the project.
This year’s festival will also see increased participation from Southeast Asian countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh through a new programme titled Platform. The initiative aims to present emerging artists, galleries and collectives from these countries to a larger audience.
For art novices, India Art Fair has tied up with Artsome, which will be hosting curated art walks on each of the four days. Also, watch out for their Daily Highlights newsletter which will give attendees an overview of various exhibitions at the fair.
And while you soak in some art, pick up something to munch on at the pop-up stalls by CAARA Café, Elma’s, Olive, Ek Bar, Jugmug Thela, Kylin, Insta Pizza, and more. There will also be a special VIP section where fine-dining spaces by Le Meridien, Le Bistro Du Parc and Guppy by ai will be set up.
Preview: Wild Tokai
Where: Blue Tokai
When: January 31st, 4 pm to 9 pm
There are few things we love more than coffee and art, and Blue Tokai has hit the sweet spot by bringing together both on one platform. Hosting an art exhibition titled Wild Tokai by Animal Design Company, the roastery and café is opening its doors for an event that will showcase cool merchandise, serve coffee (including Coconut Mochas, Pour Overs, Cortados, and more) and bites from Rustom’s Bakery.
If this hasn’t piqued your interest yet, wait till you see the artworks put together by the hugely talented bunch. This is a group show by Animal – a collective of like-minded designers that aspires to create works that propel conversations between brands and people – specialising across creative disciplines of advertising, art, graphic design, illustration, films, interactive media and product design.
Drawing its name (and logo) from an ancient Malabari word for the plume of a peacock, Blue Tokai highlights local Indian coffee, and this exhibition is sort of an extension of the same idea – establishing a direct connection between the artists and the audience.
We asked Kunel Gaur, co-founder of Animal, about why he decided to show the works in a café as opposed to a more traditional gallery space. To which he replied, “Traditional gallery space is, well, traditional. Art is about conversation, and contemporary forms of art employ more real, interesting forms of conversation. Contemporary art is a casual commentary on social life and, for us, using the café culture as the backdrop to it only completes the circle.”
The nine artists come from diverse backgrounds and, as a result, employ different mediums ranging from screen prints, installations, graphics, video projections, to digital prints and photographs. Watch out for works by the non-conformist Pawas; Jaspreet, who loves playing with minimal design, illustration and paper art; Arya Vijayan creating aesthetic solutions; and Namrata Kumar, who is deeply inspired by tribal and folk art. We are also looking forward to designer and musician Ravi Arora; Sugandha Kharya, who loves to experiment with different materials; Rajiv Rajan’s works inspired from popular culture; Sharon Borgoyary, the co-founder of Animal, who draws inspiration from abstract imaginary figures and life situations; and Kunel Gaur’s unique take on the beauty of erosion and mutation.