Shows that explore modernity and divinity

Exploring the socio religious aspect of contemporary India
A show titled 'Making Of Divinity' at Sakshi Gallery is an endeavor to explore the socio religious aspect of contemporary India.

Works by several established artist such as Amit Ambalal, Amitava Das, Anjolie ela Menon, Baiju Parthan, Dhruva Mistry, Krishen Khanna, Laxma Goud, Madhvi Parekh, and Manisha gera Baswani among others explore the angle of divinity, spirituality and symbolism in context of day-to-day living, and try to put it in a perspective. As an introductory note mentions: 'Every little shrine smeared with vermilion is like an installation. Rituals, ceremonies, festivals make the sacred in India a living faith in one's everyday life. Apart from the traditional hierarchy of Gods, we have Demi-Gods and Goddesses worshipped in our villages. Hindu and Muslim communities alike worship these icons, making them secular entities.'

Works by Rajeswara Rao, K G Subramanyan, Manjit Bawa, Manu Parekh, Nalini Malani, Nilima Sheikh, Pooja Iranna, Ranbir singh Kaleka, Rekha Rodwittiya, Riyas Komu, Sudarshan Shetty, Sakti Burman, Shibu Natesan, Trupti Patel, and Yogesh Rawal, revolving around the theme, are also on view.

The works explore and juxtapose 'Making Of Divinity' with the times of extremities- globalization going with age-old superstitions and religious bigotry that mire us in another era. The works bring out how the truth of urban life lies somewhere in between these polarities, even when we are sharply divided between issues related to tradition, religion, beliefs etc. Paradoxes and parables surround the phenomenon of how divinity came to be. Curated by Ina Puri, the exhibition showcases the many faces of divinity.

The show titled 'Making Of Divinity' continues at Sakshi Gallery till June 3, 2006.

A show of paintings and sculptures
A recent group show in Delhi showcased a collection of works from all corners of India by master and young artists.

The selection of paintings and sculptures on view at Leela Galleria, titled "Beyond Boundries" presented works that represent various styles, forms, colors, imagery and techniques. The artists on view had done works in textures and layers in vivid and subtle watercolors, oils, mixed media and charcoal.

Narratives, abstract forms, figurative and landscapes on view expressed the idiom of the contemporary age. Artists showcased include Amit Bhar, B.Devraj, Buwa Shete, CF John, Gopinath, Jaya Javeri, JMS Mani, KK Raghava, Medha Sharma, Pradosh Paul, Pooran Singh Chuda,

Other artists particpiating in the show comprised Rini Dhumal, Samir Aich, Sanathan Saha, Sasi Edavarad, Selvaraj, Senathipathi, Shyamal Mukherjee, Siddharth, Sohan Qadri, Sohini Dhar, Subhamaita Dinda, Suhas Roy, Surya Prakash, TM Aziz, Dimpy Menon, Sisir Sahana, and Subrota Biswas.

'Blind Bulb' series by Sunil Gawde to be exhibited in France
Artist Sunil Gawde's 'Blind Bulb' series - three large (about 12 feet) black bulbs made of fibre glass, which are in continuation of the earlier works, is open for public viewing on the beaches of St Tropez in the South of France. In his series, he has unveiled a new territory for himself. These new sculpture-installations, as mentioned above, explore the world of the sleeping object that awakes to the viewer's touch and gaze.

The show aims at introducing alternative sculptures by the Indian artist to audiences in France. The sculptural installations by Sunil Gawde titled, 'Blind Bulb' articulates a minimalism and a conceptual clarity that has always characterized his art.

He explores the world of the sleeping objects that awakes to the viewer's touch and gaze, like the metal butterfly that is activated by our moment of looking or the spring that works its way around the pendulum bob. Some of these are mechanical devices while others are collapsible sculptures. As art critic Ranjit Hoskote mentions: 'Gawde has gradually moved towards a study of the relationships between images and everyday objects; between symbols and the names we assign them; between created objects and ready-mades. His search for such connections between forms and names has led him, by degrees, to the sculpture-installation.'

Previewed works of art By Sunil Gawde in Saffronart events

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