Collective Spaces 2016

DATE

15th Feb – 15th Mar

TIME

11:30am – 07:30pm

ADDRESS

MEC Art Gallery, Building No. 70-B, First Level, Near Cafe Coffee Day, Khan Market, Central, Delhi NCR

Coming with their seventh exhibition, the Collective Spaces at MEC Art Gallery will showcase the work by Anupam Singh, C. Acharya,  Debasish Mishra, Jenson Anto, Murali cheeroth, Monideep Saha, Ramesh Gorjala, Paresh Mridha, Rahim Mirza, Taral Balu, Tapan Dash, Yogendra Tripathi, and Others. On display will be their work ranging from graphics, paintings to drawings. The artists have worked on bringing out his or her own thoughts of origina, idealistic and truthful content, from their native city.

Kavdsa – Fine Art Photography

DATE

11th Mar – 15th Mar

TIME

10:00am – 06:00pm

ADDRESS

Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, In India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, South, Delhi NCR

Kavdsa, a fine-art photography exhibition by Shailan Parker, is being held at Visual Art Gallery. The idea is to create art using the digital medium of photography. Shailan’s works on display show his skills with lighting and drawing abstract art from nature.

The word ‘Kavadsa’ orginates from Marathi language, which means ‘light that enters a darkened room through chinks in a tilled roof’. Kavadsa is a creation that depicts Shailan’s personal expression and experience, that came to him over the years.

TURQUOISE

Turquoise is a blue-green mineral famed for its beauty throughout the world. It has been known by many names. The Aztecs called it chalchihuitl. The ancient Romans called it callais. Its modern name dates to the 1600s and comes from the French “turques;” the French called it thus because it was imported to Europe from Turkey. As an artistic medium, turquoise it most famously used in jewellery, but it can also found in other kinds of decorative objects. Many famous relics from antiquity employed turquoise; perhaps one of the most famous archaeological objects that employed the mineral is the burial mask of Tutankhamun which is also inlaid with lapis lazuli and carnelian.

Burial mask of Tutenkhamun

Archaeologists date the use of this opaque gemstone to roughly 3000 B.C. when it was used in ancient Egypt to inlay various burial furnishings. It is considered one of the first gems ever mined. From its earliest use it was revered as a kind of talisman with protective qualities. Various cultures have believed in its ability to grant good fortune, for example. Ancient Persians, who wore turquoise around their neck or wrists believed in the power of turquoise to safeguard them from an unnatural death. On the other hand, the mineral’s composition can cause it to change colours depending on changes in light or even changes in the acidity of the wearer’s skin; this change in colour was regarded as an evil omen by the ancients warning of danger or doom.

Persian turquoise workers

Turquoise has been found in many parts of the world. The ancient mines of Persia were especially noted during antiquity, but Iran continues to be an important source of turquoise today—particularly in the region of Neyshabur. The ancient Egyptians, however, obtained their turquoise from the Sinai Peninsula where it continues to be mined today. The American Southwest is well-known for its deposits of turquoise as well. Native Americans have been mining the mineral since pre-Columbian times. According to popular opinion, the best and most valuable turquoise comes from Iran; however, the Sleeping Beauty turquoise mined in Arizona is regarded as the most precious and valuable in the U.S. Other countries where turquoise is mined include China, Afghanistan, Tibet, India, Australia, Turkestan, and Chile.

Probably introduced to Europe through the Silk Road, turquoise is prized for its beauty throughout the world. Often used to decorate ceremonial objects in many cultures, turquoise was additionally fashioned into beads as well as pendants. In the Middle East, turquoise could be seen as a decoration for both turbans and horse saddles. Often it was used with other precious stones to inlay a particular object. Unfortunately, the imitation of turquoise has been occurring since the days of ancient Egypt. Gemologists value the mineral according to hardness and coloration. The most prized shade of turquoise tends to be robin’s egg blue. Experts also recommend that turquoise be kept out of intense sunlight or worn with cosmetics as these elements could change the mineral’s colour. Turquoise that is blemish and vein-free is particularly prized as an artistic medium.

INSTALLATION ART

Installation Art is typically site-based and relates to three-dimensional artworks. Installation Art invariably refers to interior installed works; exterior pieces are referred to as Land Art. Installation Art has its origins in the 1960s but grew to greater prominence during the subsequent decade. Works may be permanent or temporary in nature. Many museums and galleries host works of Installation Art for special exhibitions. Other works may be installed within private or public spaces.

Many Installation Art pieces have been designed in the context of their proposed space. Unlike a non-descript museum wall where framed artworks are displayed, the space surrounding the installed work is part and parcel of the work itself. The environment of the work becomes part of the artistic experience when it comes to Installation Art. While some works of Marcel Duchamp might be called Installation Art in nature, the term wasn’t actually coined until the 1960s.

The original Fountain by Marcel Duchamp photographed by Alfred Stieglitz at the 291 (Art Gallery) after the 1917 Society of Independent Artists exhibit .
Though a relatively new art form, Installation Art has attracted many artists in spite of the fact that it is rarely a sellable art form. However, its distinctive qualities and the unique manner of exhibition attract viewers. Installation Art also ranges from simple designs to complex. It can depict various styles from Pop Art to Minimalism. A work may embody any style, however.

Pop Art Installation

During the 1960s and 1970s, many artists viewed Installation Art as a means to create non-collectible art–art that transcended the collectible work or art object. Recently, though, technology has also influenced the work of Installation Artists who have been creating installations of immersion whereby viewers are immersed in a virtual reality. The most recent trend in Installation Art includes various digital art forms such as video, film, and sound.

Allan Kaprow, Words, Installation, Smolin Gallery

One of the earliest works that helped pioneer the art form was The Void (1958) by Max Klein. The work was a white gallery space–open and empty. Another early work to gain attention was Words (1961) by Allan Kaprow which featured randomly displayed rolls of paper with words. As spectators walked through the jumble of words, they would listen to music played on multiple record players.

We Came In Peace by Chan Jux – Basel

As Installation Art has evolved, it has come to be a broad term that reflects a multitude of styles and mediums. Many recent works have emphasized the interactive experience of the viewer. Styles of the 1980s, however, emphasized more lavish displays–a major departure from the minimalist displays that often featured natural materials of the 1960s and 1970s. Most importantly, perhaps, the movement continues to change, reflect new styles, and attract new artists to its form.

SUSHMITA NANDI

Sushmita Nandi is doing her B.Tech in CSE and is now in the 3rd year. Art is her passion and hobby and she has been good enough in her pursuit of art to have won many accolades.

1. Secured 1st position for creating logo and painting it on t-shirt for an event in PANACHE 2015,held at B.P.Poddar Institute of Management and Technology .
2. Secured 3rd position in MOSAIC-09 inter school on the spot poster organised by Purvottar Hindi Academy Gandhi Smriti & Samiti and UNICEF.

Sushmita’s art classes started out as a need, when no one would help her with her drawings. Gradually it turned into a passion when she started getting recognised for her work.
This passionate girl completed her course in Fine Arts (Painting) till the 4th year with distinction and is now in the 5th year.

Sushmita Nandi’s only inspiration was her tutor who trained her for all the rewards she has achieved so far. She admits she would not have been where she is – either in confidence or ability – without her ‘sir’.

Among all the art forms sketching is Sushmita’s favourite.

EVENTS IN DELHI

Carved Contours

DATE

29th Jan – 10th Mar

TIME

11:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Dhoomimal Art Centre, A-8, Level 1&2, Inner Circle, Near Wengers, Connaught Place, Central, Delhi NCR

Carved Contours happens to be a solo exhibition that will be showcasing some selected work by artist – Jamini Roy. This 42 day exhibition will be highlighting 80 handpicked work of this 20th century artist, open to public view for the first time.  One can feast their eyes to Jamini Roy’s drawings and paintings from the Ravi & Uma Jain estate.

The paintings by Jamini Roy, student of Abanindranath Tagore, draws inpsiration from the Kalighat paintings of Calcutta and Pat style that can be seen in rural Bengal. The canvas for her work ranges from cloth, board as well as paper; showcasing subtle images of women clad in saree, village dancers and animals placed near madonnas. With critic scholar Uma Nair as the curator, the exhibition Carved Contours, is a depiction of Roy’s inspiration from the Kalighat paintings of Calcutta and the ‘Pat’ style of rural Bengal.

Mind The Gap

DATE

3rd Mar – 15th Apr

TIME

11:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Galleryske, Shivam House, First Floor, Block 14 – F, Middle Circle, In Shivam House, Connaught Place, Central, Delhi NCR

Galleyske presents a solo exhibition by Dia Mehta Bhupal – Mind The Gap. The artist examines the contemporary position of images that can be photographed, introspective angles, hidden structures; developing a unique approach to photography. Her subject here relates to social sites where public and private moments exist side-by-side.

 

WOODWORK

As both an ancient and contemporary art medium, wood has been used to create sculpture, crafts, and functional objects of art. An extensive array of wood types has been used in the creation of artistic objects. Wood finishes have ranged from natural to painted or stained. Due to the organic nature of wood, many of the earliest wood objects have deteriorated due to time; however, wood has been used by people to create artistically rendered objects prior to recorded history. Even today, its artistic uses are extensive.

Deterioration in wood

As the planet contains more than a trillion tons of wood, it remains an easy source material for artists and artisans. Wood has historically been an essential material for humans who used it to build some of the world’s first structures and shelters.

Not surprisingly, wood continues to be a vital element of architecture. It is used to create functional objects as well as ornamental items. Until the end of the nineteenth century, wood was also the structural component of boats and ships.

Wood has been used to create furniture since antiquity and many of the finest pieces from various historic eras are housed and displayed in world museums and galleries.

While extremely useful, wood also poses many challenges for artists and crafters. Wood must be treated or it is subject to dry rot, water rot, and insect damage .

Training is often required in the areas of carpentry and wood-working to create masterful works of wood-based art. Wood carvers also use special techniques and tools to achieve desired outcomes.

Instrument makers employed great technical skill to fashion musical instruments such as violins, cellos, and guitars; the most revered are regarded as priceless works.  Decoratively speaking, wood burning and parquetry also employ wood as the primary feature of compositions.

Golden eagle – woodburning by Brando Jones

Parquetry floor

Both hardwoods and softwoods are used as art mediums. Carpentry, woodworking, woodcuts, parquetry, wood engraving, and woodturning employ wood as their primary medium. Wood is used in the creation of furniture, decorative objects (i.e. frames, jewel boxes, ornaments, etc…), sculpture, and more.

Wood jewellery

Wood sculpture

Wood has also been used as an important medium in the fine arts as well as folk art. Many early masters painted their great works on wood. Consequently, many artisans who work in art restoration have trained to become proficient in techniques associated with wood and period restorations. Artisans and designers that work with wood rely on their skills to effectively work with a chosen type of wood. Wood may be chosen based on its strength, durability, grain, and colour as well as its specific characteristics as they relate to a given art form.

Colours of wood