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On an artistic night out

Nine different galleries come together in the Capital to open their individual shows at the Art Night at Lado Sarai, reports Aakriti Sawhney.

art and culture Updated: Apr 05, 2012 02:04 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Last week, the coming together of nine art galleries in Mumbai for an exhibition on contemporary art was a much appreciated event. The idea behind this collaborative event was simple — instead of getting people to see art, they were taking art to the people. But in Delhi, when it comes to collaborative events in art, especially those that involve art galleries, such initiatives are rarely seen. But today, the streets of Lado Sarai will host an Art Night, an event that involves nine different galleries coming together to open their individual shows.

"Such a concept is prevalent abroad. One of the reasons that it didn’t pick up in India was because of the competitiveness, but now the younger breed in the art fraternity is changing that," says Bhavna Kakar, of Latitude 28, who held a collaborative event with Exhibit 320 in April 2010. "



ArtThough Lado Sarai has seen more than a dozen such nights, an event of this magnitude is being seen for the first time. As the Art Night opens today, we take you on a round of all the nine galleries and see what are they exhibiting.

GALLERY RAGINI
In his latest exhibition, titled, Pic (sale), artist Saptarishi Das addresses the myriad changes occurring in society. All the works are digital in nature. If you see them from a distance, they appear as images. But if you go close, you can see the pixels (made up of smaller images) that tell another story in regards to the bigger image. For example, one of the works shows a woman in veil, but as you go closer, you can see pornographic images.
Where: F - 213 - C, Lado Sarai
On till: May 5
Price of artworks: Rs 80,000 onwards

EXHIBIT 320
His-Story and Her-Story is a collective account of four young contemporary artists. Artist Princess Pea explores ideas of identity, self worth, and the conflict between traditional and contemporary roles of women in Indian society. On the other hand, artist Nandan Ghiya’s series, titled, deFacebook, has vintage portrait photos of different sizes from various parts of Rajasthan that comment on the interaction of technology and its effects on indigenous cultures and individual identities. Other participating artists are Sachin G Sebastian and Sumakshi Singh.
Where: F-320, Lado Sarai
On till: May 5; Price of artworks: Rs 50,000 onwards

STUDIO ART
In Progress is an exhibition of four young
contemporary artists of India. Pitambar Khan and Sujit Karmakar are the painters in the group and Kanta Kishore and Shailesh Ojha are the sculptors. These young artists, belonging to diverse socio-political backgrounds and regions, each with their own experiences, concerns and oeuvres, have come together with their unique creations. While Karmakar talks about the disparity between the rich and poor through his work, Ojha’s work addresses the general issues of human life, such as, love, desire, thirst and hunger.
Where: F-213/A, Lado Sarai
On till: April 27
Price of artworks: Rs 80,000 onwards

WONDERWALL
Though present in the art world since 2007 through their website, www.wonderwall.co.in, Wonderwall never had an art space of their own. Coinciding with the Lado Sarai Art Night, Wonderwall is inaugurating their own gallery space with the exhibition, titled, Faith — the endless journey. The exhibition has 20 photography works by eight photographers. “It took me two months to put this exhibition together. The theme was decided in February and then I approached photographers for their work,” says Ajay Rajgarhia, the promoter of wonderwall.co.in.
Where: F 208, Lado Sarai
On till: May 15
Price of artworks: Rs 30,000 onwards

ART MOTIF
Titled, Nitish Bhattacharjee and Rakesh
Kumar, the exhibition, as the name suggests, showcases the recent works of both Bhattacharjee and Kumar. Both the artists have put up abstract landscapes, with the gallery also supporting such artworks in the past. While Kumar has used pastels on paper, Bhattacharjee has used oil and acrylic on
canvas. “Kumar’s creations involve more of layering and playing with layers. His works are in small formats, while Bhattacharjee uses hard strokes and has bigger works,” says Mala Aneja, director, Gallery Art Motif.
Where: F 213 C, Lado Sarai
On till: April 28
Price of artworks: Rs 15,000 onwards

Abadi Art Space
Titled, Entrapment, this solo show by artist Sandeep Biswas has 20 photographs, one installation and one video on display. The works explore the urban development that is leading to a world of materials and objects. “Though we are busy creating the physical space, we are mentally burdened by the overflowing demand of the world we live in, creating a contradiction of our own existence,” says Biswas. In this show, Biswas has moved a little ahead of pure photography and has experimented with the lens-based medium to take the photos beyond their conventional form.
Where: F - 213/A, first floor, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai
On till: April 21
Price of artworks: Rs 50,000 onwards

LATITUDE 28
Artist Vasudha Thozhur is exhibiting her work in Delhi after a gap of seven years. Titled, The Anatomy of Celebration, or, The Party Plot, the show comprises of digital prints and four videos. Living right next to an open public ground that hosts weddings, functions and birthday parties in Gujarat, Thozhur is a constant witness to the elaborate preparations and festivities that are so characteristic to our present day celebrations. Through his work, Thozhur asks — What is it that people experience while celebrating here and how does it enhance their lives? Or is it merely a safety valve or a smoke-screen, sometimes provided by the powers that obscure the poverty, which needs to be urgently addressed? Where: F-208, Lado Sarai; On till: May 10,
Price of artworks: Rs 75,000 onwards

ART POSITIVE
Curated by Sushma K Bahl, The Third Eye showcases works of three artists — Arbind K Singh, Anil Thambai and Partha Shaw. Singh offers the viewer a peek into the inner realms of the life of middle class India, turning mundane objects of daily life into precious and artistic creations. With water colours and gouache on paper, Thambai delves into issues of double consciousness or split personality. Shaw’s works, which are submerged in abstraction with undefined architectural landscape, graphics, forms and figures that appear somewhat like watermarks, seem to entail contemporary imprints of Indian miniature art.
Where: F 213/B, Old MB road, Lado Sarai
On till: April 28
Price of artworks: Rs 15,000 onwards

THRESHOLD ART GALLERY
The Decrypted Self is a solo show of drawings, paintings and watercolours by artist Dilip Ranade. “Animals played and still play quite an important role in my work. The audience, being human beings, associate too closely with a human figure, and miss out the peculiarity of the relationships and expressions in the artworks. The animal image becomes a symbol of its trait,” says Ranade. In his present body of works, the artist invites us into a domain, where strange redemptions await us. He savours every hallucination that uncovers the truth about normality.
Where: 213 A, Lado Sarai
On till: April 25
Price of artworks: Rs 30,000 onwards