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Amusing art

Sculpture exhibition displays butterfly wings made from chapattis and nimbu-mirchi, plants made from fish bones.

art and culture Updated: Apr 30, 2010 16:02 IST
Jigna P

Beginning on May 3 at Pundole Art Gallery, this show will display recent works by Parag Tandel. These works are a
continuation to his last exhibition in 2008 at the same gallery. “Most of the nine sculptures I’m showing are experimental,” says Tandel.

His last show, The Pregnant Room, was related to Mumbai, commenting on concretisation and building of complexes. This show, too, is based on themes that come from within the city. The Thane-based artist has created sculptures inspired by stories and experiences of the fishermen community, to which Tandel himself belongs.

In one sculpture, Tandel displays rotis. These are laminated and preserved by chemicals and should last for 50 years, said Tandel. In another, he recreates a fish tank with a tree. The work tells about second generation fishermen who gave up fishing after getting into the business of breeding fishes for aquariums.

“It’s interesting to look at the shift. People who were killing fish are breeding them today to make a living.” Most of the artist’s work is themed on tradition and history. The traditional atta chakki (flour maker) and chutney grinder take shape in a variety of mediums such as fiberglass, thread and wood.

Other works are inspired by his experiences at home. Another work is a jumble of injections that makes the shape of an airplane. Related to politics, violence, traditions and history of the fisher folk, Tandel’s show parallels various themes.Tandel did not want to share more images though. “We actually want to keep the suspense. People should come here and see and experience the artworks,” smiles Tandel.

Having studied Art at JJ School of Art, Mumbai and MS University, Baroda, Tandel shares his experiences at both colleges. “In JJ, I learnt more about workmanship, whereas in Baroda, I learnt conceptualising. Both experiences were different. Mumbai offers limited exposure since most students are from within the city, Baroda has students coming in from different parts of the country, practising various mediums,” he elaborates.