ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Martand Khosla, Suchender P, Masooma Syed, Avinash Veeraraghavan - GALLERYSKE - Bangalore - May 9th - June 26th Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:47:56 +0000 P. R. Narvekar - Aakriti Art Gallery - Kolkata - May 8th - May 30th Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:44:38 +0000 Karl Blossfeldt - Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) - D-53 Defence Colony - April 24th - May 18th Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:16:43 +0000 Susanta Mandal - Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) - D-53 Defence Colony - April 17th - May 18th Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:15:40 +0000 Saibal Das - Tasveer - Bangalore - April 16th - May 15th <p style="text-align: justify;">Tasveer is delighted to present the exhibition&nbsp;<em>Before the Birth of Time</em>,&nbsp;by Saibal Das.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This series of black and white photographs visually explores and attempts to understand some of the most significant yet shrouded pilgrimage sites, spiritual ideologies and religious practices in India. Das contemplates life, death and the spiritual journey to the &lsquo;Self&rsquo;, revealing unseen characteristics and concealed realities of the people he photographs and the landscape they inhabit. Das&rsquo; sensitive illustrations embody the sense of calm, divinity and blissful isolation exuded by his subjects, the environment, and its context, and reflect his own contemplative and meditative sensibility.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Das began his photographic career as a photojournalist, and worked with&nbsp;<em>The Telegraph</em>,&nbsp;<em>Outlook</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>India Today</em>, photographing the ULFA insurgency, the Taliban&rsquo;s invasion of Afghanistan, and cultural unrest in North-East India. In this body of work, however, Das demonstrates a different approach to photography, his images reveal an evident personal resonance and empathy towards his subjects. Rather than presenting an impartial narrative, he instead invites contemplation, encouraging his viewer to permeate the somewhat unfamiliar world of monks, devotees, &lsquo;Nagas&rsquo;, Sadhus, and other individuals seeking spiritual enlightenment. Das&rsquo; subjects often seem detached from the material world, aware of the camera or not, they seem to only half exist in our world and reality, where they become timeless.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Das&rsquo; evident personal connection with these diverse spiritual philosophies and practices, allows the viewer to adopt a renewed gaze and perspective on these holy cities, which, although venerated by many, are often criticised for overwhelming visitors with their crowds, dirt and propagations of false spiritual power. Das&rsquo; photographs therefore function as a visual critique questioning and provoking our prevailing notions of reality, memory, the finality of death and the legitimacy of material existence, with an aesthetic reminiscent of the subconscious rather than the conscious.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Before the Birth of Time</em>&nbsp;is Saibal Das&rsquo; third exhibition with Tasveer, and the exhibition is accompanied by a new book featuring a specially commissioned text by Naveen Kishore &mdash; publisher, writer, photographer, and founder of Seagull Books Kolkata. Kishore&rsquo;s poetic response and dissemination of Das&rsquo; images give these photographs an added dimension, illuminating Das&rsquo; otherworldly imagery through his poignant musings on death and our concepts of memory and faith.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:11:43 +0000 - Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai) - April 17th - May 30th Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:06:24 +0000 Mahesh Baliga - project 88 - April 23rd - May 30th Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:03:28 +0000 Group Show - KHOJ International Artists' Association - April 24th - May 15th <p style="text-align: center;">Khoj International Artists&rsquo; Association</p> <p style="text-align: center;">presents</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Activating Space : A Sculptural Enquiry</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;Activating Space at the core is interested in the awakening of Khoj as a physical architectural site, stimulating a multi-sensory experience between the artwork and the structural form it occupies. Play, light, colour, shape, size and unusual materialities become interesting points of departure to intervene with the white shell of Khoj.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since its refurbishment in 2013,the exterior of the Khoj building, its courtyard, terrace as well as various nooks and crannies have the potential to be explored by artists. Activating Space invites the most unusual, unique and bizarre materials into Khoj to permeate the exterior space and explore realms which otherwise can go by un-noticed. No interior studio or project space will be used in the installation of this exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Activating Space is about the search for innovative materiality and experimental ideas which dissect and occupy space in an interesting and unconventional way.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Khoj has chosen seven individual artists and two art collectives to use its pre-existing architecture/facade to sculpturally investigate the form and the site, to ignite a sense of discovery and wonder and to find an interesting dialogue between the two forms. Elements of exploration, disguise, and emphasis are all equally at play as artists are encouraged to explore the divisions of subtly and strength and harmony and contrast in the work and the building.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Activating Space is also a unique new program that departs from the specific, thematic orientation of most of the other residencies and exhibitions organised by Khoj. It invites sculptors, architects, visual artists and other creative practitioners to engage with Khoj within the loose and accommodative rubric of site-specificity. - See more at:</p> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:19:21 +0000 Kiran Chopra - Jehangir Art Gallery - May 1st - May 3rd Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:11:16 +0000 S.A.V. Elaiyaraja - Jehangir Art Gallery - May 1st - May 3rd Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:11:03 +0000 Rajendra Chaudhari - Jehangir Art Gallery - May 1st - May 3rd Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:10:37 +0000 Sakshi Gupta - GALLERYSKE - New Delhi - March 26th - May 14th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The inner light that shines as pure experience in all beings, that alone is the self which is indicated by the word I: this is for certain.</em><br /><em>Yoga Vasishta (VI.1:53)</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the sea of constant movement and change that we live in, "At the still point of the turning world" explores the potentiality of a space of permanence, a space that could exist for its own sake. Perhaps it is a space where all is gathered in the solidity of the present moment.&nbsp;Perhaps it is the forgetfulness that occurs when one is immersed in the act of doing. Perhaps the precious stillness is the space of experience itself - one which exists anyway, whether we aspire to it or not, whether we in fact know about it or not.</p> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:06:10 +0000 David Chalmers Alesworth - GALLERYSKE - New Delhi - March 26th - May 14th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Gardening the Archive</em>&nbsp;presents textile interventions and a series of prints by David Alesworth, an English artist-gardener who has lived and worked in Pakistan for over twenty years. Weaving geospatial narratives into the layered space of traditional carpets, Alesworth explores the landscape of repurposed carpets as a site of complex historical and political associations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The relationship between the carpet as a microcosmic representation of garden landscapes and the idea of gardens as perfected visions of the whole world is expressed in &ldquo;Hyde Park Kashan, 1862.&rdquo; Here, a fragment of a Stanford map of London (sheet-9) depicting the site of the second Great London Exposition of 1862, a world fair, has been mapped over a seventy-five year old, worn and damaged Kashan carpet. As a marker of Empire, the palimpsest alludes to power and domination.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Cantt Runner, 1893&rdquo; portrays the spatial layout of the New Lahore Cantonment, an area developed in Lahore by the British following the First War of Indian Independence in 1857. Still in existence as a whisper beneath contemporary developments, Alesworth highlights the underlying colonial history and design of modern Lahore. In &ldquo;The Chinese Periodic Balouch, 1926,&rdquo; a typical antique Balouch&nbsp;<em>kilim</em>&nbsp;is intervened upon with sheep-wool embroidery based upon an early, handwritten rendition of the Periodic Table in Chinese, taking the current (con)-quest of Baluchistan for raw materials as its premise.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The endeavor to categorise and systematise &lsquo;the new,&rsquo; the &lsquo;exotic,&rsquo; or the &lsquo;other,&rsquo; at institutions such as Kew Gardens, London, is the context of a series of prints titled &ldquo;Gardening the Archive.&rdquo; Expressing the complexities of botanical classification and its underlying desire for knowledge and control, these hybrid archives contain overlays of printed, handwritten and pictorial documentation. Resultant images communicate the ambiguities and challenges implicit in the archive.</p> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:02:50 +0000 Shyamasree Basu - Galerie 88 - April 14th - April 30th Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:47:38 +0000 Prasad KV - Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, India - April 22nd - May 12th <p style="text-align: justify;">For the first edition, Alliance fran&ccedil;aise will open with an exhibition called &Mu;&epsilon;&tau;ά which will showcase the works of the artist Prasad KV. He is doing his Master of Visual Art in Painting from College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. In 2014, he received a scholarship from Sameeksha Art Foundation Scholarship, Bengaluru.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Black &amp; white, using charcoal or pencil, multicolour, using pen, pastel or acrylic, he masters the scale of his works with an eye to detail. He is a city animal and creates on paper urban landscapes with sharpness and precision. He translates his mundane observations of his close environment into a form of narrative criticism of the society.&rdquo; &ndash; Franck Barth&eacute;l&eacute;my</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The Young Talent Program is a new project of the Alliance fran&ccedil;aise that aims to promote the local visual artists of Bangalore through a uniq<em>Young Talent Program</em>ue platform that will showcase 6 to 8 exhibitions each year of some of the most promising young artists.&nbsp;</em><em>Curated by Franck Barth&eacute;l&eacute;my and Balan Nambiar, the program intends to push and support the career of the selected artists and to diffuse more widely their work by giving them a field and a place to express their art.</em></p> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:39:10 +0000