ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/show en-us 40 Benode Behari Mukherjee - Akar Prakar - Kolkata - June 14th, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Tue, 03 Jul 2012 07:45:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Ashutosh Bhardwaj - The Guild Art Gallery - June 14th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM <p></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Guild Art Gallery is pleased to present <i>Onlookers,</i> first ever solo exhibition of Ashutosh Bhardwaj previewing on Thursday, June 14.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b><i>Onlookers</i></b> addresses the artist’s ongoing concerns with the agency involved in establishing clichés, stereotypes or ‘the general view’.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artist implies that given the plethora of communicative possibilities and the omnipresence of social and traditional media, the agency of the recipients of this continuous flow of information is diminished. The choices of agency or its applicability are slowly being eroded so much so that, these choices are increasingly fragmented, which in turn aids information fatigue and endangers activity. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Furthermore this second hand viewing of ourselves (the subject), although in many ways simply aspirational is nonetheless passive. Our agency as subjects is reduced and subjective to collectivized opinions which themselves are second hand and we are bound to become onlookers to our own mode of existence. At the same time, the distinction between ‘them’ and ‘us’, or ‘subject’ and ‘object’ implies that the responsibility of agency itself is fluid and given that the distinction is no longer valid as we create, recreate and propagate our own content (identities) agency as a term for differentiation becomes problematic.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Within this background, Bhardwaj brings to the fore the subject and its idolization. In <i>Cannibals</i>, he employs within the frame of a television set, a self-portrait of himself enacting various roles, set up as a silent tableau where the arrangement of the elements within the frame stages a mock yet ominous picture of the plight of the subject as seen and exhibited. This he seems to imply is also the act of experience, where gathering bits of information, visual or otherwise, forms an identity and the only precarious agency is one of choice.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>Fear Me (Not)</i> attempts a playful imaging and conception of fictitious idols. Large-sized cricket balls sculpted and cast out of fibreglass have been anthropomorphized. By dressing these balls with various other objects and images the semblance of a head is created. These are balanced on tall pedestals made to look like donation boxes. Each of these ‘idols’ appears to be representative of a social convention or stereotyping. The work attempts a sardonic comment on the creation of clichés.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in 1981, Bhardwaj obtained his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U, Baroda 2004. He is the receiver of the National scholarship 2003-05 and the Nasreen Mohamedi award. He participated in <i>Peer 04</i>, Residency at Khoj, New Delhi, 2004 and <i>Artist Residency </i>at The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2009. In 2008 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi presented his solo show <i>Sleep Walker</i>. Some of his selected group shows include <i>Excrescence</i> curated by Maya Kovskaya, The Guild, Mumbai, 2011; <i>Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern &amp; Contemporary Art from India</i>, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA; <i>Alternate to Another</i>, The Guild, New York, 2010; <i>Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City, an Exhibition of Indian Contemporary Art</i> curated by Rupika Chawla;  <i>A New Vanguard: Trends in Contemporary Indian Art</i>, Saffronart, New York and The Guild, New York, 2009;  <i>Meandering Membranes</i>, Empire Art &amp; The Shrine Gallery, New Delhi, 2007; <i>Asian Young Artist</i> in Heyri, Paju City, South Korea, 2007; <i>Hybrid Trends, India Festival</i> curated by <i>Insang Song,</i><b><i> </i></b>Seoul Art Center, South Korea, 2006.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 01:47:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Ashwath Bhatt, Akshay Raj Sing, Hemant Sreekumar, Asim Waqif - KHOJ International Artists' Association - June 15th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>The third event in the Khoj [Re]Building Project Series: Asim Waqif + Sin;drome + 9 Circuits is an interference and feedback between sound, installation, electronics, video and performance.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 06:23:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list - National Gallery Of Modern Art - NGMA Bengaluru - June 20th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>On the occasion of the inauguration of the new branch, the NGMA presents an exhibition titled <em>&ldquo;Signposts of the Times ...from the collection of the NGMA&rdquo;</em>. This exhibition traces the trajectory of Indian art from the 18th century to the current trends in the 21st century, and charts the development of modernism in Indian art. <br /> <br /> Modernism in Indian art developed on its own terms, in contexts that were entirely different from those of Western industrialised nations. The journey of India&rsquo;s art parallels that of her history, as she evolved from a colony into a modern nation. Art developed in tandem with local exigencies, with artists responding to the socio-political and economic imperatives of each era. <br /> <br /> The roots of the development of modern Indian art can be located in the earliest encounters of artists with western trends from the 18th and 19th centuries. Art also emerged as an important tool during the nationalist movement. After independence, many artists groups worked towards the creation of a visual language for a modern nation. In the contemporary era, with the development of the &lsquo;post-modern&rsquo;, India has engaged with global trends on major international platforms. <em>&ldquo;Signposts of the Times... from the collection of the NGMA&rdquo;</em> re-discovers the remarkable landmarks in this vibrant and exciting journey, through masterpieces from its phenomenal repository. <br /> <br /> More than 500 works from the repository of NGMA at New Delhi have been carefully identified and selected to be showcased in this exhibition, for the benefit of viewers who do not have access to collections elsewhere. Many of the works would be on view for the first time in this part of the country. These include paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs. <br /> <br /> The NGMA Bengaluru will also serve as a platform for both national and international exhibitions. Several exhibitions under the cultural exchange programme could now be showcased at this new centre with the objective of exhibiting the best, and thus in turn being a stage for the cultural ethos of our times in this era of globalisation.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:14:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Ashish Avikunthak - Chatterjee & Lal Gallery - June 29th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/26821/15e3/20120628230237-00520120629.jpg" /></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:05:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list M. Krishnan - Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, India - June 30th, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center"><strong>About M.Krishnan <br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The birth centenary of India’s best known Nature writer M.Krishnan (1912-1996) is being celebrated across the country this year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Writer, naturalist, nature photographer, ecological patriot - Krishnan wrote about wildlife conservation at a time when hardly anyone cared for it. His work spanned six decades. He was an outstanding field biologist who prepared plans for creation of many wildlife reserves in our country. He applied the astounding depth and breadth of his intimate field knowledge to these plans. For many years he served on the Indian Board of Wildlife and also on the Project Tiger Steering Committee during its crucial formative years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His amazing prowess as a writer both in English and in his mother tongue Tamil was widely acknowledged. He has the distinction of having run the longest personal  column in the history of Indian press. His ‘Country Notebook’ in the Statesman, was published for 46 years without a break, until his death. He made the Indian forest and countryside come alive in his writings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Asian elephant was his special subject. In 1972, Krishnan propounded the theory that elephants could communicate using sounds that were inaudible to the human ear. This use of infrasound communication was later established by the studies of the famous Elephant biologist Katherine Payne.  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">He was a pioneer in the field of Black and White nature photography.  He used photography to illustrate and supplement his field observations as a naturalist. Kodak Company held an exhibition of photographs in his honour. His book of photographs - Nights and Days was brought out by the Government of India. He was a skilled artist in a number of media – colour wash, scraper board and ink drawing. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">He was awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fellowship for his ecological survey of larger mammals of Peninsular India in 1968.The result of this work was published in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society as a series of papers. And a popular book titled ‘India’s wildlife from 1959-1970’ was also brought out by BNHS. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1970. In 1995, he was nominated to the Global 500 roll of honour for awakening interest in India’s wildlife.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center">Programme:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Venue - Alliance Francaise, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore - 30th June</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">4.00 pm - Commencement of Wildlife Photo Exhibition (Black &amp; White Photos of M. Krishnan)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">5.15 pm - The 3rd M. Krishnan Memorial Lecture by Bittu Sahgal - editor of Sanctuary Asia</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center"><em>Two Books that contain selected works of Krishnan will also be on display and sale</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center"><em>The tittles are:</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center"><em>Eye in the Jungle</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center"><em>Of Birds and Birdsong</em></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:52:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Group Show - Ahuja Museum For Arts - July 1st, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">S.D.AHUJA  FOUNDATION , annual exhibition  for final year art students - An exhibition of paintings at Ahuja Museum for Arts from 1 July 2012<b>  </b>Till 31 August 2012 at Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26 Lee Road, Calcutta 20, # 40034974, 22894745; All days from 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The S. D. Ahuja foundation has created a fund to organise an annual exhibition for final year art students. The first annual exhibition for final year art students will be held from from 1st July 2012 to 31<sup>st</sup> August 2012. The aim of this exhibition is to provide an opportunity to art students to exhibit their works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This year, 18 students were selected for the exhibition, from Kala Bhavan - Visva Bharati, Indian College of Art &amp; Draftsmanship, Kolkata and Indian College of Art &amp; Craft, Kolkata. 39 paintings of these 18 student artists are being displayed in this exhibition. These 18 student artists are : Abir Mukherjee, Alik Mondal, Bipul Roy, Gangotri Pal, Goutam Pramanick, Jayanta Das, Kaushik Sarkar, Koushik Pal, Milton Bhattacharyya, Minajul Islam, Moupia Chakraborty, Nirajana Roy, Piyali Karmakar, Priyanka Paul, Ratul Chaudhury, Sujoy Malakar, Sumana Das, Susmita Chowdhury.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ahuja Museum Of Arts is a private, one-of-a-kind Museum. It houses and displays the personal art collection of Mr. S.D.Ahuja consisting of over 1500 artworks of over 195 Artists. This collection has been acquired over the years and consists of art from India as well as from around the world, particularly Asia. The current selection of over 35 pieces will remain on display until 31st August 2012. The next set of 50 paintings will be put up from 1st September 2012.  It will be our endeavour to encourage all residents and visitors to Calcutta to visit the Museum.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:19:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Achal Prabhala - KHOJ International Artists' Association - July 6th, 2012 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p>Introduction to the films by <strong>Achal Prabhala</strong></p> <p>Films to be screened</p> <p><strong>Mondo Macabro: Horror and Fantasy in South Asia</strong></p> <p>Written, Produced and Directed by Pete Tombs and Andy Starke<br /> Documentary<br /> Channel 4, UK, 2002<br /> 25 minutes/ Colour / English</p> <p>Mondo Macabro was a British television series based on the book of the same name by Pete Tombs. Written, produced and directed by Pete Tombs and Andy Starke, the series focused on cult cinema from countries not usually associated with genre product. It screened on Channel 4 in 2002. Mondo Macabro subsequently became the name of a DVD label ("The Wild Side of World Cinema") run by the selfsame gents. For more information, and especially if you enjoy "sex, violence, midget assassins and out-there cinema", see: <a href="http://www.mondomacabrodvd.com" title="http://www.mondomacabrodvd.com">http://www.mondomacabrodvd.com</a></p> <p><strong>ZINDA LAASH (1967)</strong></p> <p>Directed by Khwaja Sarfaraz</p> <p>Starring: Habib, Rehan, Asad, Yasmeena, Nasreen, Talish</p> <p>104 minutes/ Black and white/ Urdu</p> <p>In the 1960s, even Pakistan was swinging! To prove it, here's this amazing version of the Dracula story from 1967. So hot it was banned on its original release. The only Pakistani film to be rated 'X' in its country of origin, this sizzling little gem is also the first Dracula film to include a shocking baby stealing scene!<br /> (From the re-released Mondo Macabro DVD)</p> <p><strong>ZIBAHKHANA (2007)</strong></p> <p>Directed by Omar Ali Khan</p> <p>Produced by Omar Ali Khan, Andy Starke and Pete Tombs</p> <p>Starring: Kunwar Ali Roshan, Rooshanie Ejaz, Rubya Chaudhry, Haider Raza, Osman Khaled Butt, Najma Malik, Sultan Billa, Salim Meraj, Razia Malik and Rehan</p> <p>77 minutes/ Colour / Urdu &amp; English</p> <p>Endless declarations about the wisdom and purity of Indian mothers. Winsome lovelies dressed in billowing saris dancing around sylvan fields. Clean-cut young men breaking into passionately lip-synched love songs on top of mountains in Switzerland or New Zealand...But what about rural midgets gobbling the entrails of freshly slain victims? Sari-wearing zombies hungry for human flesh? A burqa-clad, mace-swinging serial killer shielded from the law by his oh-so-innocent crone of a mother?</p> <p>These new monsters appear in Zibahkhana, the supremely entertaining directorial debut of Omar Khan... Set in contemporary Islamabad, it depicts a bunch of college kids, many of them middle-class and affluent, who are driving to a rock show. They decide to take a short cut, but are stranded in a rural region unknown to them, one populated by all manner of ghoulish, bloodthirsty villagers.<br /> (From the Daily Telegraph review by Sukhdev Sandhu)</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 22:51:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Arun Kumar, Binita Bandyopadhyay, Jitendra Kumar, Rakhi Kumar, SUBROTO MONDAL, Ved Prakash Mishra, Vinod Ranjan - Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries - New Delhi - July 8th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:56:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Philippe Ramette - Alliance Française de Gurgaon - July 13th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>A man wearing a suit and tie lies horizontally on a tree trunk, or does a hand-stand on top of a pile of stones, or leans over a balcony emerging from the water in the bay of Hong Kong… This is the Upside Down World of Philippe Ramette.</p> <p><strong>Philippe Ramette </strong>is a French sculptor and photographer born in 1961. He likes to defy the laws of gravity, as well as those of logic. Although he defines himself primarily as a sculptor, he started to use photography early on as a means of including himself within his own works. This became a pretext to all sorts of experimenting. Ramette stages himself in his black suit: he creates stunning images of landscapes, which he himself integrates in the most astonishing way. He then produces shots in cooperation with photographer Marc Domage. These photos are never retouched because, above all, Philippe Ramette aims at remaining to remain in touch with the sculptural aspect of his work.</p> <p>Philippe Ramette is represented in France by Xippas gallery</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 22:04:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Kallol Datta - The Harrington Street Arts Centre - July 13th, 2012 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:40:38 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Raghu Rai - The Seagull Foundation for the Arts - July 13th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p align="center">He uproots me, tosses me in the air –<br /> Freezes me for a moment in space and whispers….<br /> Here are two conditions before you land –<br /> One, is you will not step on the steps you have taken before,<br /> Secondly, you shall also not step on the steps taken by others.<i><br /> <br /> <b><br />  - RAGHU RAI</b></i></p> <p align="center"><b> </b></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:58:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Kanchan Chander - Gallery Art and Soul - July 16th, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Kanchan Chander is known for her versatility. She has consistently, and indeed successfully, shown an impressive diversity in her art practice that ranges from large-scale paintings replete with sensuous and spiritual feminine forms to intricate miniature style mixed media works on both canvas and paper. In her latest solo show at Gallery Art &amp; Soul, titled’ Bollywood/Hollywood’, Kanchan takes her multi-faceted persona a step further by adding a stunning collection inspired by popular female icons from Bollywood and Hollywood. There is also a new series of intricate mixed-media works on her role model, the Mexican artist-diva Frida Kahlo.<br /> <br /> Curated by Sushma Bahl, the show will include over sixty works including paintings on canvas and paper, mixed media works on inkjet and archival paper and sculptures.<br /> <br /> Mixed media – paper cuttings, sequins, swarovski, laces, appliqués, bindis, stickers, nuts and bolts and much more - is, indeed Kanchan’s forte. She is drawn to mixed media because of its aesthetic diversity. “And it is therapeutic too. I enjoy myself immensely while working in mixed media,” she says. The highlight of this show, undoubtedly, is the alluring series of six mixed media works titled Bollywood/Hollywood, depicting some of the most popular film icons from Hindi cinema and also of Hollywood. Using faces of some of the popular heroines of our times - like Madhubala, Waheeda Rehman, Meena Kumari, Madhuri Dixit, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor - Kanchan creates a seamless relationship between glamour, strength and success. Kanchan has merged the portraits of one heroine from Hollywood with one from Bollywood (for example, Madhubala with Audrey Hepburn, Waheeda Rehman with Elizabeth Taylor) and embellished them with mixed media elements. Some of these works are in black and white. Says Kanchan: “Cinema has played a vital role in my life. If I had not been a painter, I would have probably been an actor. I have chosen to depict those popular icons who have influenced my life and whom I admire.”<br /> <br /> In her mixed-media work, and the one that instantly marks her apart from contemporaries, is the usage of self portraiture sometimes depicted solo, in a symbiotic relationship with Frida Kahlo, and sometimes with Hindi film heroines.<br /> <br /> No wonder then, one of her best-selling series of work is titled Frida &amp; Me. While Kanchan has earlier given us a sneak peek into her fascination with the Mexican artist, in the current show, the twelve-odd works on Frida Kahlo showing the protagonist in bemused stances, are far more intricate, delicate and intense. She says: “Frida has been part of my works since last four years. I have admired her strength not only as a woman but also as a strong and bold artist. I relate to her and hence this series is very close to my heart.”<br /> <br /> Using layers and layers of paper, sequins, swarovski, lace and many more decorative times, each of Kanchan’s mixed media work is a work of painstaking effort and beauty. <br /> <br /> But then, so is her next series of seventeen paintings on canvas that are dramatically different and almost spiritual and are based on mythology. One of them, the largest work in the show, is called Gajagamini (4x6 feet) which depicts the artist riding an elephant, in a reference to freedom of spirit. “These are works which reflect the peace I feel now after having led a roller-coaster life. The stance in these works is meditative, the colours are those that brighten up my life as well,” she says.<br /> <br /> The next series titled Abhivyakti – nineteen paintings on paper - depict different poses and expressions of women who during motherhood are on a journey of self-searching and self questioning, once again inspired by Kanchan’s own experience as a woman and a mother.<br /> <br /> In addition to the above, there is a sculpture in aluminium &amp; swarovski which has been created like a grid of nine similar works of 15 inches each. Designed in a spiral contour, the work shows Kanchan’s adept handling of form as well. <br /> <br /> “I feel it is important for an artist to evolve and not be stuck to any one theme, form or subject. Over the years, I have evolved from melancholic female figures in the 80s to paintings on wooden windows and strong torsos in the 90s. Now it’s about pure form and design,” she signs off.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:48:10 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Sabir Ali, Lee Hayan - Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai) - July 20th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Thu, 26 Jul 2012 01:32:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Manoj Kachangal - India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery - July 21st, 2012 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM <p>New Delhi: Manoj Kachangal brings to Delhi select 50 works – some as large scale as 7 feet by 6 feet - in a solo show tiled <i>Sublime Lands</i>, at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from July 21, 2012 till July 25, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 7.pm. Curated by Johny M.L., the show has been culled from the works done in the last three years (2009-2012).</p> <p class="Default">Kachangal’s paintings are bright, textured landscapes and yet they are not just realistic renditions of what he sees around him. A viewer would feel that he/she has seen these landscapes somewhere; either in a real journey or in the flights of fancy. These landscapes evoke nostalgia and yet, the more one moves closer towards these enigmatic lands, they seem to transform from the mundane to the sublime or to the ethereal making his paintings both alluring and intriguing.</p> <p> </p> <p>Kachangal says, “In the last three years, there has been an astonishing change in my paintings. Earlier I used to work in monochromatic colours which were replaced by a bright and aggressive colour palette. The memories of the <i>Semul</i> and <i>Palaash</i> flowers, which have remained in my memory from my childhood days, crept into my work and their colour and form became the metaphor for my voice against violence, corruption and terrorism in today’s society.”</p> <p>Says curator Johny M.L., “In his works, the centre of focus is not just about creating a harmonious composition but it is all about expressing the artist’s world view. Kachangal cannot be anything else other than a harmonious individual whose life’s philosophy is to be one with the rhythm of nature. As he believes so much in the music of nature and the power of creativity in expressing the same music in visual or verbal terms (as he is a poet too), he should also believe the chaos that nature creates within itself once in a while. And he does believe in these upheavals of nature, its violence and rapturous movements. According to him being an abstract artist does not mean that he should keep away from the problems around him. An artist should reflect upon beauty as well as terror because beauty occurs when the chaotic terror is contained and regulated, and terror happens when beauty forgets to articulate itself within its given ingredients. Kachangal believes that human beings could be the most beautiful beings in the world but they forget their own beauty and indulge in violent acts, and as an artist who seeks harmony cannot look away from the chaos created by these ‘otherwise’ beautiful creatures. Hence, each of his canvases, however calm and serene they look, encapsulates a contained violence also. Through aesthetic mediation, he transcends this terror of nature and human nature into ‘Sublime Lands’.”</p> <p>Several of his paintings have the hallmark features of criss-crossing knife strokes, horizontal planes that run parallel, the <i>bindu</i> which for the artist is a symbolic representation of all celestial planets including sun, moon and earth besides being a point of gravitation and focus, each painting vibrates with a different passion and rhythm.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Default"> </p> <p class="Default">Says Kachangal; “The first message of any art should be to appeal visually to a viewer. I don’t think I deliberately give out any message with my work but the conditions prevailing around us do affect my mental state and through that, my work. For instance, the terrorist attack on Indian Parliament and thereafter continuous attacks on country disturbed my mental peace. Everybody is competing with each other and in that competition, they have cremated morality. <i>The aggressive colour of my paintings is the voice against such violence. The message through my paintings is that now the time has come for people to take aggressive action against terrorism, corruption and awake from sleep.”</i></p> <p> </p> <p>Son of a rural school teacher in Madhya Pradesh who made marbles out of stones as a hobby and grandson of a farmer, Kachangal was always interested in the flora and fauna around him. His conversations were mostly with the ducks, birds, domestic animals and the plants and trees around him. During childhood, when he visited his grandfather working in the fields, he witnessed the expanse of earth, its undulations, its changing complexions, its waving heads and so on and they remained in him. As an art student, when he first witnessed a town, what influenced him first were the expanses limited by the buildings. For Kachangal, the buildings were forms that gave contours to the space. His liking for cityscapes started then and there.</p> <p> “Nature has been my most important influence. Situations in life have been my <i>guru</i>,” says the artist. “I was fond of travelling...The way I looked at nature was not imitative, it was analytical. This has been my real teacher.” This does not mean that he is an escapist who runs away from reality and takes refuge in the beauties and bounties of nature. He is a close observer of the changes in the socio-political scenario of the country and is very keen to analyse and understand the changes that take place in the international scenario also.</p> <p> </p> <p>Deeply rooted in the history of abstraction and folk and tribal traditions of our country, Kachangal draws a lot of inspiration from the rural and folk works of art.  “I have also always admired the works of S. H Raza, Ram Kumar, Gaitonde, and J. Swaminathan. They have great spontaneity in their work,” says the artist who enjoys mostly working on a vertical format so that he can bring all the five elements of nature in one go. In an ascending plane we could see him depicting earth, fire, water, air and sky. The strokes, slashes and the rolls that he uses to build up the surface is so defined that one could see that each layer has a special meaning to it.</p> <p><b>About the artist</b></p> <p>Manoj Kachangal was born in Shadhora, MP, <st1:place><st1:country-region>India</st1:country-region></st1:place> on July 5, 1979. He did MFA in painting from <st1:placetype>Institute</st1:placetype> of <st1:placename>Fine Arts</st1:placename>, <st1:place><st1:city>Indore</st1:city></st1:place> in 2003. In 2001, Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, <st1:place><st1:city>Bhopal</st1:city></st1:place> honoured him with Raza award. His art works were auctioned at <st1:place><st1:placename>Tao</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Art</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Gallery</st1:placename></st1:place>, Mumbai – 2006 and Millennium Turks at Hotel Trident Hilton, Gurgaon – 2008. There are about 20 major solo shows including <st1:placename>Jehangir</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Art</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Gallery</st1:placename>, Mumbai – 2009, <st1:placename>Apparo</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Art</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Gallery</st1:placename>, Chennai – 2009, <i>The Doors of Perception</i>, Visual Arts Gallery, <st1:city>New Delhi</st1:city> – 2008, <i>In Search of the Abyss</i>, Mon Art Gallerie, Kolkata – 2008, <st1:placename>Dhoomimal</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Art</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Center</st1:placename>, <st1:city>New Delhi</st1:city> – 2007, <i>Antaryatra</i>, <st1:placename>Nehru</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>Center</st1:placetype> <st1:placename>Art</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Gallery</st1:placename>, Mumbai – 2007, <i>A Consecration of Space</i>, <st1:place><st1:placename>Marvel</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Art</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Gallery</st1:placename></st1:place>, Ahmedabad – 2006. Many important group shows held across the country <st1:placename>Includes</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Tao</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Art</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Gallery</st1:placename>, <st1:placename>Cima</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Art</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Gallery</st1:placename>, Emami Chisel Art, Crimson the art resource, <st1:place><st1:placename>Jammat</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Art</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Gallery</st1:placename></st1:place>, Gallery Nvya, Art Konsult, Religare Arts, and Participated in some group shows abroad. A book on the art of Manoj Kachangal “Doors of Perception” was published by Bharatiya Jnanpith, <st1:place><st1:city>New Delhi</st1:city></st1:place> in 2008, which was edited by Ratnottama Sengupta, and a documentary film on Manoj Kachangal “Doors of Perception” was produced by Kalaroop Films in 2008, which was directed by Pravesh Bhardwaj. He has participated in many important Art Camps.<b></b></p> <p> </p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:13:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Vivan Sundaram - Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) - D-53 Defence Colony - July 27th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>In the context of the ongoing exhibition <em>Extending the Line</em>, Vadehra Art Gallery has invited artist Vivan Sundaram to show his film <em>To Draw a Line</em> which is based on a 40 hour non-stop drawing workshop that he conducted with students at the Painting Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda between 13 and 15 August 2007. <br /> <br /> The screening will be followed with a talk by the artist on some of his drawing series.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:49:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list