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Mumbai in Andy Warhol style

art-and-culture Updated: Jan 07, 2011 16:58 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder
Jayeeta Mazumder
Hindustan Times
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It’s the mundane world you’d find on their canvas. Immensely derived from pop art, each painting strives to arrive at a meaning. Bi-Scope, an art exhibition in the city by Arpan Sidhu and Maushmi Ganguly, draws attention to the everyday ordinariness of life.

Warhol’s influence
One cannot but notice the distinct pop art feel to the paintings. Ganguly agrees, “There is a pop art style evident in the paintings; they are very colourful. Also, I touch upon social issues and the common man’s expressions and how he deals with his day to day life.” Tell her that the shadow of Andy Warhol looms large over their work and she agrees, “I definitely love Warhol and I’m aware that there are some influences. However they are not intentional.”

Sidhu’s work markedly differs from Ganguly’s on both formal and conceptual grounds. While Sidhu draws inspiration from the
complexities of urban life and seeks relief through it, Ganguly concentrates on everyday human desires. “It could be anything. It could be something as simple as your wish to drive to work without traffic on the road in Mumbai. It could be the urge to acquire more and more of what you want,” explains the artist, exhibiting for the fifth time in the city. “Desires keep us moving further with an optimistic approach to grow more. They are sometimes encouraging, sometimes overpowering.”

She firmly believes that art should convey a moral. “Even in randomness, there should be meaning. I try to discover meaning in everything I perceive around me. As an artist, that is very important,” Ganguly concludes.

Bi-Scope will be on till January 11, at Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Fort.