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Abstarct art on ceramics

entertainment Updated: Mar 06, 2010 16:56 IST


Abstract art on ceramics

If you thought ceramic art was all about sipping daintily from your Fabindia teacups, you might want to check out a delightful exhibition of works by three-time national award winning artist Rahul Kumar at the American Center.

Far from being a stuffy display of vases and teacups, the show pleasantly surprises with the cheerful asymmetry of the jars and platters in the “Harmonic Discord” series, which not only reflect opposing energies, but also the creator’s buoyant abstractions on life and art. The sequence, apart from being a ‘meditative experience’ for the artist, represents the chaotic charm of the inconsistency that is life. The fragility of the medium itself demands the artist ‘let go’, and consign his work to destiny, and the flames, that will decide the fate of each individual piece once it’s off the potter’s wheel.

Ceramic art might not have the snob value that its canvas cousins do, but it is slowly making its way into galleries as well as private lounges.

Kumar has several shows to his credit, including solo exhibitions at Mumbai’s Cymroza Art Gallery and Gallery Threshold in Delhi last year.

The show is on at the American Centre, Kasturba Gandhi Marg till March 19; 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

SEZ who? Satyagraha ‘10

Mumbai-based artist Tushar Jaog calls it their version of the ‘salt satyagraha’. At the opening of the show ‘SEZ Who?’ today, Jaog and four other artists will make salt from the four litres of water that they dragged along with them from the salt pans of Raigad and the Uttan Gorai region in Maharashtra.

“The idea is to take the audience through the stories of the people affected by the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) policy in these areas. Livelihoods are being lost in the interest of private profit. And salt making is one of the major occupations for these people,” says Joag, who works with various people’s groups to voice their concerns through art.

Over the next week, the five artists will change the gallery space with drawings, sound and video clippings – all that they worked on during their six-month visit to the affected areas. “We have also devised a ‘lucky draw’, where we will give out an elaborate form to fill. The thought is to engage with people on how complex the procedure for rehabilitation in such situations is,” says Joag. The prize? A telephone with pre-recorded messages that will answer the basics of the SEZ issue, lost livelihoods, and inequitable development. It’s time we asked those questions.

The exhibition is on at Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi, till March 14.


Blowing it

How about some mid-week jazz? That too by one of the finest Italian jazz musicians Enrico Rava. He’s considered one of the best trumpet soloists on the Europe jazz scene. Rava hit the music scene in the mid-Sixties and much like his favourite jazzman Miles Davis likes to work with fresh talent. He’ll be doing exactly that with his new quintet on Tuesday.

The concert is on March 10 at the Teen Murti Auditorium, Nehru Memorial, 7 pm onwards. Free passes available at Italian Cultural Centre, Chanakyapuri.

HUM and the desi drum

Ten diverse musicians, plenty of folk sounds tied together by music will await the audience at Kamani auditorium this Sunday. The HUM ensemble brings together artists from Spain, China, United States and various parts of India. Hum stands for Harmony and Universality through the idiom of Music and was conceptualised by Grammy nominated tabla player Sandeep Das.

The line up also includes Suchet Malhotra who has built a good name for his musical experiments and percussion prowess in the music circuit.

World music act HUM Ensemble performs on Sunday, March 7, at 6.30 pm at Kamani Auditorium; entry on first come first seated basis.