We are pleased to present The Guild's Residency
Exhibition featuring the artists from the first batch (17- 23 June
09). The Residency provided a platform to artists and writers to
interact with each other and create room for exchange of newer
The exhibition is an attempt to present the works
produced during the week long residency. It shares the views and
ideas of the artists/ writers which took place in form of
presentations and discussions on various issues pertinent to
visual art and the art world.
The exhibition features works of
Bhuta, Himanshu S., Kedar Dhondu, Om Soorya,
Remen Chopra, Shreyas Karle and Ved Gupta and
Writers - Mohd. Ahmad Sabih and Shubhalakshmi Shukla.
works are "textual" and it is here that Balaji's earlier
engagement with the popular sign boards and vehicle paintings come
to the fore. Balaji's use of specific visual devices, grids,
frames, photography, text, repetitive compositions and attempts at
subversion can be read as the post modern tools of visual
installations come across as occurrences, seemingly independent of
the artist's presence as they grow, breathe, move, and shed. She
does mostly site-specific works and installations. Documenting and
archiving seem to become curious nodes of enquiry into Hemali's
works as she is constantly dealing with the dilemma about how to
show her work.
has no predilection towards any
medium. He even doubts his role in being an artist. With
activities that range from children's workshops, teaching,
activism, painting other artists' paintings, and selling little
booklets, Himanshu's main anxiety seems to return again and again
to the institution of art.
often uses the language of miniatures for expressions in his works
but his underlying themes deal with the core of violence. He
brilliantly juxtaposes the beautiful watercolour medium in his
work. He uses animals and their expected behavior as metaphors for
human behavior ranging from aggressiveness and violence to fear,
sensitivity and concern. He invites viewers to involve themselves
empathetically, identifiying their own personal experiences.
works are surreal dream-like landscapes that question what is real
and what is perceived. They look like ‘hung' cities, a site of
exploding activities, a crucible of profit production, a field of
contesting ideologies, a program of multi tasking capabilities,
but ‘hung' for a while.
works mostly on paper. But she employs various media, and her
images are arrived at through mediation, twice, thrice, and many
times over, of techniques similar to the process carbon copy. Her
aim is to present work as if it's some kind of theatre where one
can maybe see all the props, characters, and the mise-en-scene, to
not so much see what all is visible, but in how they are barely
visible.Shreyas Karle plays various roles in his every
work. Working on community-based art, collaborative projects, and
a range of new media, the one common aspect in all his works is
his insistence on conducting ‘research'.Little dwarves of
corporate giants and ministers, caricatures, metaphors and
proverbs distorted, this is what Ved Gupta's fiberglass
painted sculptures come across as at first glance. His work
principally concentrates on social hierarchies, class in
particular, and the common man.
- Excerpts from Mohd. Ahmad Sabih's
received his B.F.A in Graphics from Andhra University with Gold
medal and M.F.A in Graphics from Visva - Bharati University,
Santiniketan. Balaji Ponna has participated in various group shows
over the last couple of years including' The July Show' at The
Guild and Art Basel 09. Recently the artist had a solo show at
Bose Pacia, Kolkata in collaboration with The Guild, Mumbai.
completed her M.V.A. (Post Diploma, Painting) at M.S.U., Baroda.
She is a recipient of the Senior Scholarship from Lalit Kala
Akademi for the year 2004-05.
She has participated in various group shows like a
photography exhibition titled "Visuals of a post-visual world"
curated by Gitanjali Dang in 2008 ".
S. has been involved in teaching, and has participated in a
number of group shows. He has had two solo shows at The Guild
namely ‘An Interval between Two Non-occurrences' and ‘this is
himanshu s. maybe'.
has been in participating in various group shows and camps. In
2008: The July Show at The Guild, Mumbai .He is the recipient of
"Kava4", Kashi Award
For Visual Art.
Kedar D has also partcipated in a print-making at a
workshop in Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal,
obtained a BFA in painting from College of Fine Arts, Kerela
University, Thiruvananthapuram and a MFA in painting from the
University of Hyderabad.
Om Soorya's solo shows include 2007: Random
Mirrors in the City of Villagers at THE GUILD ART USA INC, New
He received the Emerging Artist Award in 2007 given by Foundation
for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA).Om was a part of the
Prohelvetia Residency program at Zurich in 2009.
completed her B.F.A and M.F.A in Fine Art from the College of Art,
New Delhi. She has participated in various group shows and
residency programs including a residency program at School of
Visual Art New York.
obtained his M.V.A in visual arts at the M.S.University, Baroda in
the discipline of painting in 2008. He is the recipient of the
Bodhi art award 2008. Shreyas has participated in various shows,
site specific workshops.
graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts 2004, Baroda (B.F.A, M.F.A
Sculptures). He has earned many awards and participated in various
shows and also in the
Al Bastika Art Fair
He is the recipient of the
Kashi Award for Visual Art, Kochi,
did Bachelors in Visual Arts, specializing in Art
History from the M.S. University of Baroda, following which he
completed the interdisciplinary M.A. programme at the School of
Arts & Aesthetics (SAA), JNU in 2009. Sabih has been involved in
doing research and archiving with art-critics, artists, and
auction-houses, and his area of interest is in investigating the
infrastructure and institution of Art in the country.
completed her Masters in Visual Arts specialising in Art History
from M.S. University in 1997. She has curated shows and also has a
teaching experience at various schools of Art. Shubhalakshmi has a
number of publications accredited to her including ‘Body
and Transcendence : Two Women Artists, An essay on the paintings
of Nasreen Mohamedi and Anita Dube' in the book Towards New Art
History: Studies in Indian Art and ‘Indexing Spaces and Images',
in the art journal Lalit Kala Contemporary.