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Art just got bigger

As the India Art Summit (IAS) officially opens for the public today, it’s not only Pragati Maidan, the venue, that is buzzing with activities. Art hubs in the city are also geared up for the occasion.

art and culture Updated: Jan 21, 2011 02:07 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

As the India Art Summit (IAS) officially opens for the public today, it’s not only Pragati Maidan, the venue, that is buzzing with activities. Art hubs in the city are also geared up for the occasion.



Lado Sarai, a major stop point for art galleries in Delhi, is hosting a special art night on January 22. One of the major attractions is the installation, Bio-digital Jazz by artist Somnath Ray at Gallery Ragini. “Bio-digital Jazz is an art form conceived through geometrical exploration, digital technology and an artist’s urge to invent,” says Nidhi Jain, director, Gallery Ragini. “It’s an experiment on digital frames created by technically advanced laser cutting machinery.”



Another attraction during the Summit is a house that is completely turned into an art installation. Situated in south Delhi’s Jor Bagh, it is a collaborative effort of three artists — Asim Waqif, Pari Bharatana Mohanti and Vishal K Dar. Every room in the house represents various sub-installations that complete this artwork. The installation also marks the coming of Outset to India, a UK-based philanthropic organisation, dedicated to supporting new art.



“We are not a gallery. With Outset, we are promoting Indian art. We wanted to do something out of the box, that’s how we came up with this art installation,” says Feroze Gujral, the brain behind the concept. Explaining the installation, Dar says, “The concept behind my sub installations at the house is

Decay of Perception

. The two installations,

Gumshuda

and

Venus ka Gusalkhana

, is a search within space and time.”



But will Delhi-ites relate to such an abstract concept? “Well, even for us it’s an experimentation and let’s see what response we get.” Other attractions include an art exhibition titled, ‘What Happens in Mukteshwar’ by W+K Exp art gallery in Sheikh Sarai. The exhibition is a result of a retreat held in Kumaon in Uttarakhand in July 2010.