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Spray your art on the gallery wall

mumbai Updated: Aug 01, 2010 01:53 IST
Dhamini Ratnam

Here’s your chance to showcase your work of art alongside the drawings by some of the top contemporary artists of the country.

The Guild, Colaba, has initiated a novel venture for art lovers. Starting August 4, you can pick up a spray can — the gallery provides one — and draw graffiti on a wall inside the gallery reserved especially for this purpose. Titled I Think Therefore Graffiti, the exhibition will showcase graffiti made by 20 famous contemporary artists including Gigi Scaria, Apnavi Thacker, Atul Dodiya, and Baiju Parthan.

“The artists came to the gallery, mostly at nights, to make these graffiti works,” said gallerist Shalini Sawhney, who conceptualised the exhibition two months ago. “The works were made on the spot with whatever paper and spray paints were available, presenting a different challenge to the artists,” she said.

Besides being a testimony to innovative artistic expression, the exhibition aims to create a platform for art lovers to actively participate in the process of art consumption. “We hope to create a public intervention in the otherwise private space of an art gallery,” said Sawhney.

The wall will be wiped clean every few days, but before that snapshots of the graffiti drawn by the viewers will be uploaded on the gallery’s website.

“Graffiti emerged as an act of rebellion against barriers,” said artist Gigi Scaria. “But the irony is that you need a wall, a barrier of sorts, to draw it. My graffiti on canvas is also a comment on how an act of rebellion merges into the mainstream,” he said.

The exhibition opens August 4, 7.30 pm until September 8 at The Guilt, Colaba (22820093). It will be open from 11 am to 6.30 pm on all days except Sundays.