In search of a landscape where small and large, close-up and wide angle, extensive and intensive, all come together to form a dynamic relationship, Julien Segard spent 6 months under the Yamuna Bridge where he felt a stark contrast between nature and industry. He used to go every day to draw several fragments of the space around him which felt like the countryside but reminded him of the city. Gradually, his bits of creation started forming a whole – stretching, twisting, exploding, constantly changing in proportion, and often flowing out of the frame.
Using local resources and materials like scraps of paper from the kabadi wala and cardboard from the streets, his work is an extension of his belief that we often overlook the truth we don’t like.
He says, “My art is open to interpretation and people have also gladly interpreted according to how it relates to them.”
The youngest recipient of the India habitat Centre Fellowship for Photography, and deservingly so, Chandan Gomes is a plethora of talent.
HUMANS SINCE 1982
Per Emanuelsson (Sweden) and Bastian Bischoff (Germany) founded their studio in 2009/2010 during their Master graduation at HDK Gothenburg. “Fascinating ideas seem to like not being detected. That’s why they are fascinating. And they seem to hide on the edges of man-made realms. Find those ideas by mixing physics with fashion, art with medicine, technology with philosophy, cosmetics with astronautics, food with architecture, religion with humour…” Humans since 1982 are interested in interest itself. Their claim is to arouse fundamental curiosity by creating material hints of how the world might.
An equestrian by hobby since childhood, Sonal’s fascination with horses has transformed into her work as well. Horses are peaceful creatures symbolizing personal drive, passion and an appetite for freedom. Personally, she associates it with inner strength combined with loyalty and poise. The life-sized mild steel sculpture of a horse titled ‘Peace in Red’ is made up of several peace signs.
The elephant with lotus-shaped cut outs titled ‘Elegance in Steel’ attempts to bring together the contradictory symbolism associated with the two – the strength of stainless steel embodies that of the elephant, while the lotus suggests its gentle nature.
The mind of Calman Shemi is an abstract beyond description. Where some would see a sunset or a landscape by shape and color alone, Shemi feels the subtlety of the image and translates it into a unique expression. His work is a kaleidoscope of pigmentation and luminance. His ideas run the gamut from wild to practical, yet the paintings he creates are some of the most inspired and adventurous images in modern art.
CHITRA GANESH & DHRUVI ACHARYA
They worked on a blank canvas and over the period of four days created a collaborative painting on site, giving visitors an insight into the processes contemporary artists employ in their work.
Arnaud and Adeline Nazare-Aga
“Our work brings stars in the public eyes. We want to contribute to the universal search for happiness.”
The french designer Arnaud Nazare-Aga and his philippine wife Adeline, meet for the first time at Hong Kong.From this meeting between two different cultures, born a new life and artistic path that will change all the world of the two artists. With Adeline behind the creative wheel and the Arnaud’s business skills, they create their sign “Artheline” and the resulting “ARTHELINE PAJ’ART”, an art studio based in Bangkok that is dedicated at the production of their creative sculptures. In addition to France, Italy and other European countries, their artistic production also expands in Asia, where they expose in AAF (Affordable Art Fair) Singapore, in Hong Kong galleries, Australia, Singapore and Bangkok. During the AAF Singapore, the Artheline artworks have a great success and recorded almost sold out. These are the sculptures in various sizes, with sinuos lines and bright colors. According to the two artists, these sculptures with sweet, smooth and color shapes, have a task of instilling joy and elevate the mood of everyone who watches them.
In Pooja Iranna’s world of art, construction and textures play the most pivotal role, giving form and meaning to her creations. She uses various types of media to create lattice like structures composed of lines and forms that intersect, unite and connect in what almost resembles an architectural blueprint. The grids she builds up over her surfaces are never the same; each one seems independent and different from the other. In one work there will be toothpicks poised against pieces of wood on a textile background, depicting the omnipresent struggle between regulated order and the anarchy of chaos. In another piece, made the same year, string is used with toothpicks once again, to create a structure much like a treacherous bridge over a threatening ravine, representative of strength and frailty at the same time. This particular piece is made of numerous staple pins.
In his work, Vilasini examines our existing social structures, adapting various expressions of cultural identity prevalent in society today to raise questions about the continually changing global scenario that every individual struggles to keep pace with. Vilasini’s large-format photographs evoke delicate ironies that impact existing ideologies, and influence the cultural and social consciousness of the viewer.
Representing the interpretations of eight artists working on the common theme of a chessboard, each of the eight installations brings to life the game of chess.
Titled ‘Strategist’, the work by artist Yuvaraj uses wood, iron and fibre-glass to articulate his vision of life itself, depicting the positive and negative aspects of human thought as white and black chess pieces. “With an aim to win, we plan each and every move carefully, strategically. However, at the end of it all, whether we win or lose, what remains with us is the experience,” he affirms.
Yuvaraj Velu tries to understand the complexities of the human mind by replacing the human head with a cube and a chess board, referring to the mind’s infinite capabilities of problem solving. The cube and chess board made of wood rest on wooden bodies supported by an iron neck.
Valay’s works are, in subtle ways, his attempts to question maladies afflicting urban societies and humans today. He is a keen and sensitive observer of his surroundings and concerned about the common man’s trials and tribulations of day-to-day life. He firmly believes an ideal world can be re-created and wishes the viewer to reflect upon the issues plaguing man today.
Puneet Kaushik incorporates his fascination with the aerial view of landscapes in his recent work. He probes beyond the surface and draws attention to what lies beneath it – ego, insecurity, anger – spilling out of its cracked demeanor.
JEAN FRANÇOIS RAUZIER
Fascinated by photography since childhood, Jean-François Rauzier commenced his studies in the École nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière in 1976. He was immediately captivated by numerical photography when it penetrated the professional market 15 years ago. Ever since, he has been exploring the multiple opportunities offered by digital retouching and has become a “virtual” painter.
In 2002, he created the ‘Hyperphoto’, a concept which enables him to take on the impossible: to combine both the infinitely big and infinitely small in one image, out of time. His quest was “to see at the same time a larger vision and close-up, to stop time and be able to examine all the details of a fixed image.” In other words, in using cinematic language, to which his work often refers, to achieve at the same time a 180° panoramic image and an ultra close-up zoom. Why? To point out, among other things, what escapes the eye, knowledge, and reason. And to find the hidden evidence of an intrigue that presents itself to the viewer in its blinding truth.
“Fabricated” by the artist on his computer using hundreds of close-ups taken with a telephoto lens, these montages are filled with incongruous or surprising objects. As such, he generates a genuine numerical puzzle, in which the pieces are cut out and redrawn from his imagination. This technique provides numerous, fascinating and unusual details on which the spectator can dwell on.
T V SANTHOSH
T.V. Santhosh’s ‘Threshold into a Dream’ is a tilted wooden installation of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, one of Mumbai’s most iconic landmarks. Besides representing the popular idea that it’s a city of dreams which never sleeps, the work explores the idea of shifting historical perspectives. The massive gothic structure, originally called the Victoria Terminus, is also a symbol of India’s colonial past. The railway hub was the target of the 2008 attacks that rocked the city, an event that inspired Santhosh to make this installation.
His series ‘Sidhpur – Time Present, Time Past’ forms the first in-depth photographic exploration of the Bohra Islamic community in Sidhpur, a little-known small town in Gujarat. Chancing upon Sidhpur while on a commission for The Oberoi Magazine, Cortés was intrigued by its rich heritage and distinctive vernacular architecture. Building on from the ideas explored in his previous series ‘Pondicherry’, this latest exhibition demonstrates Cortés’ continuing interest in documenting and uncovering India’s more enigmatic facets, this time through careful photographic studies of the traditional habitats and domestic spaces of the Dawoodi Bohras, an elusive and veiled Islamic community.
*All the information has been taken from various sources online.