The Strand Art Room’s annual exhibition, Baroda March, has become an important event in the calendars of art aficionados. Its third edition is ongoing at the gallery and will be on till March 31. Featuring 16 artists, from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, the exhibition features artists currently pursuing art studies and alumni of the art college.
Gallery owner, Rukshaan Krishna, says, “In the first year of Baroda March, we had featured many artists because we had large venue to exhibit. This year we have 16 artists and over the three years, the variety in the art has improved.”
New and different
The artworks are created in a variety of mediums, including painting on canvas and silk, paper works, drawings, sculptures and textile embroidery merged with painting. “This year the artworks are more experimental in nature, in terms of the material used and execution of thoughts,” says Krishna.
About the variety, Krishna says, “Earlier the artworks and the medium used by the artists was very conservative. Now they have experimented.”
Among the artists are Sharmi Chowdhury, Girjesh Kumar Singh, Zaida Jacob, Boshudhara Mukherjee, Kriti Gupta, Muktinath Mondal, Sajeev Visweswaran, Sweta B V, Twish Patel, Nehal Rachh, Prashant Nageshkar, Kurmanadham, Harisha Chennagod, Prasad Swain, R N Kumawat and Raju Makwana.
Art and market
Girjesh Kumar Singh projects the irony that the products of industrialisation, responsible for the imbalance of nature itself, take shelter under it’s benevolent grace, by depicting a car parked under a tree and a helmet made out of stone, Sweta B V gives a fresh and unique perspective of the burkha-clad women of today.
While some artists have displayed their work at the gallery before, most of the artists featured are freshers.
About the art market, Krishna says, “The market has picked up now and a lot of serious collectors are buying artworks. Buyers are not only interested in work that looks good, but also want to know about the artist, his development over the years and the content of the work.”
The show is an opportunity to see fresh art from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda.