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Back to the art scene

As the art season begins in the Capital, here’s a look at two interesting exhibitions. Lalit Kala Akademi is an exhibition titled, Desires That Transcend Time, which brings together five artists from different parts of the country on one platform

art and culture Updated: Jul 08, 2011 01:27 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

The lull in Delhi’s art circuit has finally ended, with the Capital all geared up to host a series of exhibitions. Starting tomorrow at Lalit Kala Akademi is an exhibition titled, Desires That Transcend Time, which brings together five artists from different parts of the country on one platform.

While the expertise of four of the artists in this exhibition lies in paintings carried out in acrylic, oil and mix media, artist Suresh Kumar, the fifth artist from the group, has worked on a series of sculptures that depict agony and ecstasy through drooping eyes, half-opened mouths and sharp features. These sculptures are made in pink marble, bronze and mix media. With no formal training in art, artist Mukesh Sah, who learned art himself, is presenting four paintings from his previous series titled, A Parrot named Desire, in this exhibit. Explaining his concept, he says, “According to Hindu mythology, the parrot depicts desire, and this was the main reason to take it as a central character in my paintings.” Sah has used bold colours and strokes in these paintings to further intensify desire.

Artist Mona Ghosh has focused on the universal object of desire, the woman. Crafting women in her signature sensuous style, which hides more than what it reveals, she ensconces her heroines in an eternal aura of enigma. The exhibition is on till July 17. Another interesting exhibition to watch out is Delhi-based American artist Zachary Becker’s show titled, Flags. This show at the American Center explores the intersection of consumer and national identities through a series of flags made from branded packaging material.

“I started working on this project two years ago in US. It depicts the crossover culture,” says Becker. In this project, he has used some interesting packaging material from America and India such as Aashta tea packs and Pure gold Mirchi Powder packs to make the flags. “It’s very intriguing to note that some of the packaging material from US is used in India for different purposes like making toys and tetra bags to pack momos.” On till July 29, the exhibition also has on display a series of photographs by the artist.

What’s on?
Desires that Transcend Time Where: Lalit Kala Akademi, 35, Ravindra Bhavan Firoz Shah Road, On till: July 17

Nearest Metro Station:
Mandi House, on the Blue Line

Flags Where:
American Centre, Kasturba Gandhi Marg On till: July 29

Nearest Metro Station:
Barakhamba Road on the Yellow Line