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Shobha Bhatia\, Director\, Gallerie Ganesha presents a solo show titled "Recent Works in watercolour o n paper" by Kolkata-based artist \;Bikash \;Poddar.

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Born in 1954 in Kaliyaganj\, North Bengal\ , \;Bikash \;Poddar \;studied at the College of Art and Craft\, Kolkata to complete his five years of diploma in Applied Art with a gold m edal. He turned to full time painting in the nineties\, following his succe ss of his shows of watercolours in Delhi and Mumbai. He has shown his works in nearly 25 solo and group shows in India and abroad. His works are with collectors and corporate houses in Delhi\, Mumbai\, USA\, Hongkong\, Canada \, Australia and Singapore besides others.

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Bik ash \;Poddar \;is one of our best known landscape painters from Ben gal. His landscapes reflect the flow of colour that Bengal art assimilated from Chinese and Japanese calligraphic art and blended with the detailed de piction of monuments and human figures we find in our own miniatures.

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Writes art critic Suneet Chopra in the catalogue es say: &ldquo\;Indeed\, his early works consisted of landscapes in miniature format with highly detailed architecture: ruined temples\, weathered habita tions and boats by the waterside. What struck me then was the proportions o f the human figures that blended beautifully with the landscape and yet hel d their ground in a symbiotic relationship that evoked the relation between man and his creations together. Since then he has blown up these miniature s in scale in a manner that builds a harmony between forms and the formless flows of colour\, inviting the eye to explore space while at the same time following the narrative of his figures set in the theatrical backdrop of a rchitectural forms. These romantic reveries of spaces in the mind are succe ssful largely because of his excellence as a painter of rare quality withou t which his landscapes would have been reduced to being mere pictures.&rdqu o\;

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These they are not. They span the hiatus b etween two great neighbouring cultures\, those of India and China\, the fir st highlighting detailed forms bursting with life while the other evokes a sense of the essence of aesthetic expression of the human presence at its m ost minimal. The success of these works of his resides in how he balances t he two with a delicacy few artists achieve.

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Then there are his boldly coloured works that concentrate on objects o f daily use\, another important trend in Bengal art that he manages to bala nce with large areas of formless space. His works are an important contribu tion to the art of Bengal\, dialectical and evocative and ofcourse memorabl e for the quality of its execution. This is what makesBikash&rsquo\;s work unforgettable both visually and in terms of the feelings it evokes.< /p>\n

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DTEND:20140507 DTSTAMP:20140419T042302 DTSTART:20140404 GEO:28.53536;77.2419522 LOCATION:Gallerie Ganesha\,E-557\,Greater Kailash-II \nNew Delhi\, 110048 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Recent Works in watercolour on paper\, Bikash Poddar UID:331965 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Renu Modi\, Director Galler y Espace\, presents a solo show by \;Chintan Upadhyay titled \;"Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron-Redux" \;at Gallery Espace. \;Upadhyay has used second hand knitted garments to create a metaphor for &ldquo\;the faceless people of our city&rdquo\;. He converts the gallery space into what looks like &ldquo\;Sarojini Nagar m arket&rdquo\;\, the walls and floor of the gallery replete with sculptural installations and photographs of faceless forms and figures in stuffed wool len garments.

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Chintan Upadhyay&rsquo\;s art practice has remained focused on id eas of mass production\, production of desires and colossal wastes and mech anical artificiality of modern landscapes. These themes have found echoes i n both his gallery bound and site specific works.

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&ld quo\;I have been working with site-specific projects since over a decade. I n 2010/11\, I was working in El Salvador on a residency project where I ask ed residents to give me their second-hand clothes. The works made with this cloth and filled with sand were installed on the beach and soon the entire area looks like a land inundated with bodies. There has always been a sens e of &lsquo\;death&rsquo\; in my work\, though not in a morbid way. Even th e baby sculptures that I have done for the last few years are never alive\, they will never talk and they are genetically controlled but there is so m uch life going around them. The idea of working with second hand clothes ca me from there and when Renu Modi asked me to work on a show last year\, I k new I could create another site-specific story.&rdquo\;

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Just like his baby sculptures which have a multitude of narrative s imprinted on them\, his present works too are multi-layered. On one hand\ , Upadhyay\, seeks to talk about the dignity of labour\, and &ldquo\;about those invisible people we do not notice in our daily lives.&rdquo\; And on the other\, he questions the faceless faç\;ade of an urban space and city life where we are all strangers scared of &ldquo\;each other&rsquo\;s strangeness&rdquo\;.

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In all his works\, hence\ , whether these are wall-mounted installations created by stitching dozens of woollen clothes together\, or photographs of a person whose face and ent ire body has been concealed with a woollen garment\, or small boxes stuffed with toy-like woollen shapes\, there is a sense of both the bizarre and th e obvious.

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&ldquo\;I wanted to buy second hand garments and not borrow from people I knew\,&rdquo\; Says Upadhyay who shi fted from Mumbai to Delhi three years ago\, &ldquo\;so that no connections could be traced back to the person who wore them. Doesn&rsquo\;t the city a lso think like this? Do we ever want to know who these people are who work for us\, who live on the streets? I want to talk about the idea of memories attached to objects in these works. These are also narratives about domest ic spaces and public spaces &ndash\; people we meet and see but don&rsquo\; t care to know.&rdquo\;

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Ask him if he didn&rsq uo\;t have the urge to create another baby figure\, he says. &ldquo\;These works have a similar childlike and playful projection\, although with a dar k shade. The boxes with stuffed garments are like toys. So in a way these m etaphors are not divorced from the spirit of my previous works.&rdquo\;

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No wonder\, Upadhyay says this new body of work is also a throwback to his own childhood\, one in which he saw his mo ther knit for both &ldquo\;passion and business&rdquo\;. In the show\, ther e is a 7-feet-long sweater he has created in collaboration with his mother.

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DTEND:20140531 DTSTAMP:20140419T042302 DTSTART:20140416 GEO:28.572572;77.2705623 LOCATION:Gallery Espace\,16\, Community Centre New Friends Colony \nNew Del hi\, Delhi 110025 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron - Redux\, Chintan Upadhyay UID:331964 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR