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Works of contemporary Mumbai and Baroda Artists on view

Artist 'turned-curator Bose Krishnamachari has brought together ten artists, who belong to the breed of young, talented artists. The show after being previewed in Mumbai just recently has traveled to New York.

The choice of artists who feature in the show has been made by Bose Krishnamachari. According to him, they share a common approach towards art, and reflect the best talent in the Indian contemoporary art. The artists on view include Jyothi Basu, T V Santhosh, Baiju Parthan, Sudarshan Shetty, Anandajit Ray, and Anant Joshi. These artists examine the socio-political trends; bring out the facets of the changing world, and the dichotomies about sex, consumerism, thought and visual culture. They also seek to analyze the relationships

Gallery Arts India is hosting this exceptional new Exhibition that is titled KAAM, featuring the works of 10 contemporary Mumbai and Baroda artists. The show is inspired by the wave that contemporary Indian artists are creating in the global art world. The show moves through three major cities Mumbai, New York and San Francisco.

The exhibition explores the intensely personal relationship between the artists and their 'work'. It is especially significant that the exhibition is launched in New York since these artists belong to a generation of artists that have had a truly global influence in their work. Within this atmosphere, their effort has been to find a unique artistic expression.

The Exhibition is an exploration of that expression. For example, Jyothi Basu's sensuously detailed futuristic landscapes evoke the architecture of space stations. The imaginative forms create a labyrinth of other worldly space allowing the viewer to wander through and discover new symbols around every turn. On other hand, Riyas Komu's large-scale portraits draw the viewer into a space of disquiet.

His subjects are randomly drawn from the media; accounting for the viewer's disconnect. Komu's soft palate and invisible brush seduces the viewer and holds their attention. If Komu's interest in the media has extended beyond painting to video installation, sculpture, and photography, T V Santhosh's techni-color paintings of cybernetic forms evoke postmodern political inquiry.

The city becomes site and source, presenting concerns around the self and the mass, space and environment. The deep cynicism of media derived images is further inverted by his use of photonegative saturation. The work exploits the media's disconnection and explores the politics of urban culture. Other artist on view, Justin Ponmany's holographic paintings of plastic memory explore human states through layering fragmented imagery. His post-modern paintings, inspired by the city, have been exhibited in both India and the United States.

Baiju Parthan, who has also worked as a writer and an illustrator before coming back to art in the early 1990's. He began to explore the traditional subjects that were balanced by his reading on post-modern theorists. His works explore the influence of technology on religious beliefs, the implication of genetic engineering and the possibilities of the development of symbiotic relations between men and machines. Parthan's work has been displayed galleries in India and across the globe Sudarshan Shetty was trained in painting but has progressively moved to sculpture and installation. His works are evidence of an exploration of contemporary life, combining everyday objects to construct commentary on human reality. His constructions have informed his recent paintings combining abstract passages with juxtapositions of realistic imagery.

Anandajit Ray's exposition deals with inanimate objects and pop imagery. Ray calls himself a 'surface painter' lending to an exploration of the world through painting that does not presume to judge - 'one of the reasons why one deals with pop imagery - something that is lighter, 'surfacial' and very immediate'. Anant Joshi's canvases deal with the manipulation of abstract spaces with the aid of color and light. He is a graduate of the distinguished J. J. School of Art and his work has been in the collections of the Japan Art Foundation, 'Prix de Rome' in Rome and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Last but not the least, Bose Krishnamachari's works colludes photographic images with painting. Startling planes of flat color juxtaposed against skilful representations of various personas, he presents a reflection of the signifier and the signified - questioning the very act of viewing the art. He has been trained at Goldsmith College at the University of London receiving the Charles Wallace Grant for Fine Arts.

KAAM : Contemporary Bombay & Baroda Artists ' Collection, featuring the works of artists Anandajit Ray, Anant Joshi, Baiju Parthan, Bose Krishnamachari, Justin Ponmany, Jyothi Basu, Sudershan Shetty, Riyas Komu, and TV Santhosh continue till January 22, 2005.

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