ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Ramkumar - Aakriti Art Gallery - Kolkata - August 1st - August 30th <p>Aakriti Art Gallery proudly presents the show of more than sixty drawings of eminent and&nbsp; senior most artist Ramkumar from August 1-30, 2014, at the Gallery premises, 12/3A Hungerford Street, Kolkata, 700017. His works are being displayed in Kolkata after two decades or so, and this is a rare opportunity for the art-collectors and art-lovers to be in-front of these mesmerizing drawings, done in early sixties, in pen and ink on paper. Drawings are from the celebrated phase of his Varanasi creations, and so far have been in his collection only. The show is curated by poet and art-critic Prayag Shukla, a close associate of Ramkumar for five decades, who has written on Ramkumar in Hindi and English extensively.</p> <p>Ramkumar, so is known internationally for his wonderful, engaging and enchanting landscapes in luminous hues, and his paintings and drawings are in the collection of various museums and are with discerning art-collectors in India and abroad. He is a fellow of Lalit Kala Akademi, has been honoured with <strong>Padmabhushan</strong> and&nbsp; awarded&nbsp; <strong>Kalidas Samman</strong>, is&nbsp; regarded highly by the critics and the art audiences at large. Ramkumar is from the generation of Husain, Raza, Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, and has been an intimate friend of all these artists. He is also a well known short-story writer in Hindi, and his stories are available in English translations, as well. Widely traveled in Europe, America, and Asia, his works have been exhibited in many countries.</p> <p>Drawings presented in the show are sensitive charting of momentous happenings, in fine lines, and speak volumes for Ramkumar&rsquo;s delicate rendering quality. These drawings take us into a memorable aesthetic journey through &lsquo;wondrous paths, which can be seen, treaded and found only by the caliber of an artist like Ramkumar, to engage our mind, as well our hearts.</p> <p>Along with the show we have also planned an important interactive session on the drawings and other works of Ramkumar on the opening day itself, in which curator of the show Prayag Shukla, and well-known writer and art critic Gagan Gill will participate. Incidentally Gagan Gill, is the wife of Ramkumar&rsquo;s younger brother, Nirmal Verma, an internationally reputed writer and will represent Ramkumar in the show. She is also the editor of 'Ramkumar A Journey Within' - a comprehensive book on the artist's oeuvre, published in 1996, by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.She, and Prayag Shukla will be in Kolkata from 31<sup>st</sup> July to 3<sup>rd</sup> August, 2014 and will be happy to meet the art-lovers and media-persons to talk about Ramkumar&rsquo;s work and other related issues.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:03:34 +0000 Desire Machine Collective - project 88 - August 26th - October 20th <p>Desire Machine Collective comprising of Mriganka Madhukaliya and Sonal Jain, are emerging as the most innovative experimental film-makers in India. Their masterful short film,<em> Residue</em> was curated by Sandhini Poddar as part of the <em>Being Singular Plural:Moving Images of India</em> show at the Deutsch Guggenheim Museum in 2012.</p> <p>Blending into the rhizomatic nature of the Project 88 gallery space&nbsp;<em>Noise Life</em>, following the heals of their masterly&nbsp;<em>Residue</em>, engages with modern singularities and virtual possibilities of a part of the world, i.e. North East India. Being able to confuse the high modern to Lyotard's dictum of the post-modern, the work creates a new becoming unseen in South East Asian art, merging sacral and profane but at the same time not doing away with ideology. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:55:49 +0000 Nayanaa Kanodia - Art Alive Gallery, DELHI - July 30th - August 20th <p>Planned urbanization and mechanization remain crucial for human progress, and yet these advancements lead to a gradual loss of control. The more man craves technological progress with all its modern day comforts, the more alienated he becomes from his roots, over ourselves and our environment. In turn, we instinctively urge for the outdoors. Part of us yearns to connect with nature and feel the rejuvenating effect it has on our psyche. Unlike the constant obligations that demand something of us, the great outdoors gives something to us- a sense of coming home, of regaining our lost innocence, of finding peace at last.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>My paintings are varying angles of a single prism. At first glance, you see a humored portrayal of a quaint scene; upon further examination, an integrated, multi-layered expression reveals itself. One can grasp the complexity and nuance of my vision only after abandoning our typical notions and then keenly observing the relationships and components at play. The projected images serve as a veneer, behind which an infinite number of experiences and interpretations are possible. Each painting has the potential for several meanings; one revealed by the presence of colours juxtaposed carefully to form a harmonious whole, one revealed by the intricate patterns and details, and one revealed by the underlying content and narration. Thus, what appears to be a choice of method (a technique involving four layers of colour) proves to be the seeds, sun, and water of a highly complex organism of construction.</p> <p>The paintings intend to make you feel that you are watching a snapshot of life at maximum authenticity- exuberant and packed with bursting energy. There is one optical illusion born of another. Is the focus the scene at hand, the shapes and details that surround the people, both, or something else entirely? I seek to challenge the viewer to modify the typical way of reading conventional signs and patterns.</p> <p>The conversation I hope to create in my work is a certain truth of life and on a deeper level, a well thought philosophy. I construct fantastic versions of accessible scenes, both rural and urban utopias. Individuals may interpret my paintings in vastly disparate ways and each view will be equally logical and plausible, thought provoking and intriguing. A picture of the moment is built in which whole relationships are made visible. My work is all about time. And through my paintings, time is movement stilled.</p> <p>Society continues to forge ahead in scientific advancement, seeming to accelerate the divide in our connection to nature. And yet, we find ways to bring the outside back into our lives, at times subconsciously, at times with great perspective and intention. Ultimately, the goal and thus the journey remains the challenge to balance the polarity of the worlds in which we reside.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:39:17 +0000 Gipin Varghese - Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) - D-53 Defence Colony - July 25th - September 6th Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:14:24 +0000 Prafulla Dahanukar - Jehangir Art Gallery - July 21st - August 3rd Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:55:14 +0000 Lalu Prasad Shaw - Art Musings - July 25th - August 31st Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:21:16 +0000 Eva Maria Pacheco Ricote - Gallerie Alternatives - July 9th - July 23rd Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:47:33 +0000