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Five artists to check out at Indian Art Fair

Ankita Ganguli, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, January 29, 2014
First Published: 19:26 IST(29/1/2014) | Last Updated: 19:34 IST(29/1/2014)

If you are looking for creativity, art exposure, innovation, inventiveness, then India Art Fair (IAF) is the place to be. This could be a rare opportunity for you to meet the world renowned artists and, if you so wish, make one of their artworks your own.

The who's who at this annual kumbh of art includes Subodh Gupta, Wayne Warren, Dayanita Singh and many others. With a roll call of over 1000 artistes, this is bound to be a sensory feast for art lovers.

The sixth edition of one of the biggest fairs of modern and contemporary art in the world, IAF is also a fine opportunity for the upcoming artists to present their artworks.

We bring to you the five most promising artists who will be participating in the IAF.

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Nobina Gupta

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On exhibit: Kalpataru or the Wishing tree (steel, light and sound installation)
Works on: Ink on paper
Average price range: Rs. 22 lakh (Gallery Sanskriti)
College: 2005 NET scholar, postgraduate research funded by the Indian government.
Awards: Awarded at Swarnanjali Exhibition by World Gold Council, Mumbai, in 1996

The artist deals with the concept of Kalpataru (wishing tree) which is deeply ensconced in the mythology and ethos of India. Kalpataru symbolises the inherent quest of man to realise his dreams.

While the quest continues, the advent of technology, warped psyche and unwarranted selfish approach have led to the violation of the core idea. While working off from this idea, this sensory responsive installation creates an ambience for visual and aural simulation. Predicting the kind of association our future generations will have with environment, it invites the modern man to experience his psychic dichotomy, albeit in an alluring way.
 
Debanjan Roy

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On exhibit: Banana Tree (rubber tube)
Works on: waste material
Price range: NA
College: Master of Visual Arts from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (2000)
Awards: 2007 Navonmesha Puruskar, Best Sculpture Award by West Bengal State Academy and Rabindra Bharati University 2000, Best Sculpture Award by Rabindra Bharati University 1999

Born in 1975, Kolkata-based artist/sculptor Debanjan Roy works on waste material, especially discarded consumer-goods packaging materials. This is his way of critiquing the consumerist socio-economist praxis.

In his IAF project, he uses waste rubber tube for making a banana tree. He has tried to give it a metaphorical meaning by portraying it as a flourishing tree.
 
Anindita Dutta

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On exhibit: Life Line (performance drawing on wet clay)
Works on: Performance and installations
Price range: NA
College: MFA Sculpture University of Iowa, 2005

In her work, she is celebrating the energy of life, highlighting the impermanence of the struggles and conflicts we face every day. She has used one of the oldest geometric shapes of the ancient artworks to represent ever changing times and situations.

The US-based Anindita Dutta mainly works on performances and installations which explore the inner struggle with oneself in our chaotic life. Her work is capable of creating a dialogue on how the psychological, social and political dispute shape our requirements and earthly life.  
 
Anjana Kothamachu

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On exhibit: Agalma (sculpture)
Works on: drawing, videos, sculptures
Average price range: NA
College: The Academy of Fine Arts and Crafts, Rachana Sansad
Awards: Inlaks Fine Art Award, 2013

This sculpture references across world myths and philosophies aimed at expressing our relationship with desire. The attempt is to invite the viewer to enter a narrative that draws attention to desire's subjective and universal nature, in which the viewer can identify the fragility of one's own wants and fantasies. 
 
Rajorshi Ghosh

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On exhibit: Rule Without Exception (single channel video)
Works on: photography, installation, video
Average price range: NA
College: MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
Awards: received the Jury's Recommendation Award at the 11th Japan Media Art Festival, Tokyo, 2008

In his work, Ghosh utilises the pathway of the unmanned air-train in the John F Kennedy airport in New York to record a panoramic scan of its controlled premises that lie beyond regular civilian access. The entire video shot on the artist's iPhone is a continuous loop, confronting a space that is rigorously designed to 'look' at us, providing an impetus for an altered reflection on the political and civic complexities of a post 9/11 'no-man's land.'


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