Monday, 11 March 2019


Why should I be ashamed to describe what nature was not ashamed to create.
                                                        -Pietro Aretino
"Erotic art covers any artwork that is intended to evoke erotic arousal or that depicts scenes of sexual activity." 

This is what we all know very well by now. What I fail to understand about this art sect is the extreme criticism & outright rejection that it gets in India. All around the globe erotic art is made & sold on a very large scale. The roots of Erotic Art worldwide lay in India only, but yet India criticizes it the most.

How many times a day do you walk around breaking mirrors because it shows you your reflection? Erotic Art is also a reflection of your life; in fact, in reality, it helps us witness a very important part of our existence. Each & every living being on our planet Earth is known to mate & has to so that their type exist longer.

The oldest religious & cultural tradition that is known as well as followed is Hinduism. Hinduism believes in “Moksha” that is the transcendent state attained as a result of being released from the cycle of rebirth. There are three main paths to attain this viz.
  • ·         Arth = Material Prosperity, Income Security, Means of Life   
  •        Dharma = Virtuous, Moral Life
  • ·         Kama = Sexual Desire, Pleasure, Sensuality, Emotional Fulfilment

Once an individual has successfully crossed these paths he walks on the last on that is Yoga which eventually leads him/her to Moksha. It is very clear that Kama plays a very important role in each & every individual’s life irrespective of gender, caste & economic strata.

Innumerable ancient sculptures, paintings & folk stories told from generation to generation are proof of our ancestors' lifestyle. Sex for pleasure was totally acceptable in those days & it was also recorded via paintings. The sculptures on the temples in Khajuraho themselves speak loudly of a very broad mindset our ancestors were blessed with. These sculptures though speak more of pure beauty & no perversion at all. They are a clear way of explaining to the masses that sex is not something to be ashamed of. It is common sense that anything explicit would never be allowed near temples; on the contrary, these sculptures adorn the entire exterior part of these temples. Many temples around India have such sculptures as their exterior. 



Another source of inspiration throughout the globe is the Kama Sutra written by Vatsyayana that is an ancient text originally written in Sanskrit. It has 1250 verses distributed in 36 chapters with each one having 64 sections that are very meticulously put together in 7 books. Also note that it’s not predominantly a sex manual on sex positions only, as it is a guide to the “ Art-of-Living”  well, the nature of love, finding a life partner, maintaining one’s love life & other aspects pertaining to pleasure- oriented faculties of human life.

All these ancient sources are enough to make one believe that sex is not something to be looked down upon. The recent unpleasant condition of erotic art is again an award bestowed upon us due to the cultural alterations done by the British during their rule. As their grip tightened on us, our culture it automatically & obviously changed our attitude towards sex & nudity too. In a country where clothing depended on your caste & economic strata, they changed our mentality towards it too by setting examples like that of an ideal man/ woman, most desirable man/ woman. Where low caste female would be satisfied & happy that her husband earns enough to buy her one piece of cloth to cover her private parts; women started adapting the ideal woman trend thus raising the bar for men as well & so we see innumerable trends & styles today for men & women in India. All these practices directly affected the sex lives of people too. The sex values & practices we followed since many past centuries were then seen as barbaric & inferior. Their norms & ways which were that masturbation caused serious health issues, sex should be restricted to reproduction purposes only & that enjoying sex in any other way was shameful especially for women. Over a period of their rule, such conservative sex values overlapped our rich cultural heritage to such an extent that we abide by it till date.
The artists who portray this erotic side of our lives are very comfortable with what they do & how they do. Their perspective is not a provocative or perverted one at all. On the contrary, they are depicting the various colors we focus on during physical pleasure directly & mental pleasure indirectly. There is nothing to feel shy or aggressive of when visiting any Erotic Art exhibitions, performance, film screening, recitation or anything else.

The more you accept, you teach yourself to absorb it & so you grow even more.

Keep reading our articles to know more about a few crazy Indian artists who took Erotic Art too much seriously equal to breathing itself & what happened to them thereafter.

Vidhi Joshi 

Art Writer 

2019 @Art Blogazine 

(PS: This article is not written for commercial use.)

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Incantation of Sensations - An Exhibition Of Paintings By Ashok Namdeo Hinge

Visual elements like cosmic shapes, light, color, texture, composition combine to form a frequency of visual sensations & the tranquil form of this schematic universal repetitiveness is art. This experience of art: 'Incantation of Sensations' is expressed in Ashok Hinge’s exhibit.

Ashok has done his education in fine arts and through lines, shapes, colors, texture, he created his own visual language to communicate.

The combined visual experience of visual elements living again & again through the senses of time, affects the awareness & becomes an important part of the subconscious taking us into a trance of tranquility. While experiencing this trance in a conscious state, it is the artwork’s space that creates a portal of trance taking art lovers, creators & curators beyond art, form, texture & structure into the world of tranquility.

A part of Ashok's art is cosmic while the other aspect is purely structural, where colors live in the form of light to enlighten the existence of art. This view prefix is reflected in Ashok’s style here.

“Repetition” is a primal phenomenon of nature. In an infinite world of colours, shapes & forms this characteristic is repeatedly applied in Ashok's art distinctly, keeping the chaos created by the elements of art in control. Everybody loves this experience of trance & in order to implant & feel this celestial state of mind, we created “The Art”.
Any kind of repetition induces loss of consciousness, and awareness of this fact summons a trance. Keeping this visual experience intact, Ashok’s art reflects an identical if not exemplary feeling. At the crescendo of this picture universe, an illusory vision is extracted with a trance like emotion, leaving behind an exacting visual.

Intricate & fine lines unite to form, a new shapely schematic creation, wherein basic shape amalgamate with new ones, rendering a sane sense of cosmic infinity. Similarly, shape and its corollaries change the basic definition of shape and structure formation in turn reflecting the identity of a particular texture of time. Creating a visual experience incorporating movements, speed & impulse; Ashok’s style personifies organic geometry enabling space, shapes & light to form a visual trinity. His crystal imagery invokes a feeling of being at the crest of a musical symphony.

Ashok Namdeo Hinge

at Jehangir Art Gallery - No. 4
Date: 18th March to 24th March 2019  I  Time: 11am to 7pm

'संवेदनांची आवर्तने'

अशोक हिंगे यांच्या चित्रांचे जहांगीर आर्ट गॅलरी - ४ मध्ये प्रदर्शन.
१८ मार्च ते २४ मार्च २०१९.  सकाळी ११ ते संध्याकाळी ७ वाजेपर्यंत.

           चित्र अवकाशातील आकार, प्रकाशरंग, पोत, रचना या दृश्यघटकांच्या आधारे दृश्यजाणिवांच्या संवेदनांची आवृत्ती, पुनरावृत्तीच्या दृश्यरूप रचनाबंधाचे अवकाशीय 'स्थिररूप' म्हणजे चित्र. त्या चित्रातील 'संवेदनांची आवर्तने' हे अशोक हिंगे यांच्या चित्ररूप दृश्यभाषेचे सकृतदर्शन होय. तथाकथित कलाशिक्षणाचा भाग अशोक यांनी अभ्यासला असून रेषा, आकार, रंग पोत या आधारे चित्र रचना निर्मिती करून दृकसंवाद साधू पाहतात.

        दृश्य घटकांचा  एकत्रित सम्पूर्ण दृक अनुभव, हा मानवाच्या एकंदरीत इंद्रिय दृश्य अनुभवाच्या संदर्भात पाहतांना, दृश्य जाणिवेचा अनुभव हा संवेदन ज्ञान ग्रहणाच्या विशिष्ठ काळातील मानवीय नेणिवांच्या संचिताचा महत्वपूर्ण भाग होताना दिसतो. तो नेणिवांचा भाग अनुभवताना, अनुभवाचे भान ठेवून अनुभवल्यास. प्रत्येक कला - कृती (चित्र) हे फक्त दृश्यसंदर्भ अर्थासाठीच चित्र म्हणून महत्वपूर्ण ठरते. तेव्हा चित्र -शिल्प यांचे अवकाश किंवा पृष्ठभाग हा दृश्य नेणीवेच्या अवकाशात येण्या - जाण्याचा दृश्यमार्ग म्हणूनच राहतो. तेथूनच नेमकेपणानं कलारसिक प्रेषक आणि सृजनकर्ता प्रवेश करतो. तेव्हा एखादी अवस्था, कला, चित्र, वस्तु - वास्तु ही निमित्त मात्र राहते. तेथेच कलेचा अनुभव येतो.

        अशोक यांच्या चित्रांचे एक अंग अवकाशीय आहे, तर दुसरे अंग हे आकारीक आहे. रंग हा घटक अवकाश आकार संदर्भात आस्तित्वाच्या प्रकाशिय रुपात वावरतो. हा दृश्य प्रत्यय त्यांच्या चित्रांतून दिसून येतो.

        पुनरावृत्ती ही एक आदिम नैसर्गिक घटना आहे. ती अशोक यांच्या चित्रांची ही  प्रकृती आहे. तरीही चित्रातील आकार, घाट, स्वतंत्र राहातात. यांचा प्रत्यय प्रत्येकाला येतो. यांचे भान यावे म्हणून मानवाने चित्र, शिल्प, संगीत . चे सृजन केले आहे.

        कोणतीही पुनरावृत्ती ही बेहोशी (unconsciousness) आणते. यांचे भान (awarenss) ठेवल्यास मदहोशी प्रकट होते. याच दृश्य अनुभवाचे भान ठेवून, अशोक यांची  चित्र पाहिल्यास त्यांच्या चित्रांतून तसा प्रत्यय येतो. तेव्हा सम्पूर्ण चित्र अवकाशात भासमय दृश्य मदहोश पूर्ण भावात व्यक्त होताना जाणवू लागते. तिथेच जे फक्त उरते ते केवलदृश्य होय.

        त्यांच्या चित्रांतील छोट्या नाजूक रेषात्मक आकार एकत्र येवून, त्यातून नवीन आकारीक रचनाबंध निर्माण करतात. तेव्हा मूळ आकार हा नवीन आकार रचनेत सामावून जावून, चित्रांतील अवकाशात अंतराचा भास निर्माण करतात. तसाच मुळ आकाराचा संबंध अथवा संदर्भ हा आकारीकतेचा मुलार्थ बदलवून पोत रचनेच्या एका विशिष्ठ काळाच्या जाणिवेचा दृश्य बोध करून देतो. चित्रांतील हालचाल, वेग, आवेग, जैविक भूमीतीचा दृश्यभास निर्माण करतात. त्यामुळे अवकाश, आकार, प्रकाश या त्रयीच्या संयोगातून दृश्यसृजन होताना दिसते. म्हणून अशोक यांच्या चित्रांत तरल पारदर्शी दृश्य संगीताचा प्रत्यय आल्यावाचून राहत नाही.
        'कला' ही बहुआयामी असून तिचे 'रूप' एक आहे.

कलेची कृती कलाकृती (चित्र) नेहमी काळाच्या कलेत अनेक पुनरावृत्तीच्या रुपातच स्वतंत्रपणे व्यक्त होत राहते.

हंसोज्ञेय तांबे.
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Nuru Karim, Founder & Design Principal Nudes

NUDE Models

Nuru Karim

About the Architect / Artist

Nuru Karim, Founder & Design Principal Nudes received his Masters in Architecture and Urban-ism from the Architectural Association [AADRL] London, United Kingdom in 2006. He has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects, London in 2005-06. His undergraduate studies include travel and education in the cities of Mumbai, Montreal and London. Nudes operates within the realm of cross-disciplinary cultures of public-art, architecture-urbanism and design optimisation powered by digital “making” tools addressing larger networks of social, cultural and environmental. 

Previous Art-Works by Nuru Karim

1.      Titled “Machining Sound” - Visa Relative – Curated by Bose Krishnamachari 2008, Bodhi Gallery
2.      Public Art / Installation : “Charkha” commissioned by Tata Steel, Mumbai (completed) 2010
3.      Pop-Up pavilion : Woven Thread Pavilion 2014, Mumbai
4.      Public Art / Installation : “Rath” commissioned by Tata Steel, Bhubaneshwar (completed) 2019
5.      Pop-up Pavilion for Mercedes Benz, Mumbai curated by Architectural Digest 2017
6.      “Bare Foot Pavilion”, Goa in collaboration with Artist Sudarshan Shetty 2017
7.      Pop-Up Pavilion “Noah’s Ark” – Cardboard Installation 2017
8.      26/11 Memorial commissioned by Tata Steel 2019-2020, Mumbai

NUDE Modelsis a series of  design research conducted, exploring systems in nature deploying advanced methods in design, computation and fabrication. Experimentation striving towards innovation is the central pedagogoical and cultural agenda of the art/architectural studio Nudes, founded by Nuru Karim. Nudes operates within the realm of cross-disciplinary cultures of public-art, architecture-urbanism and design optimisation powered by digital “making” tools addressing larger networks of social, cultural and environmental. 

NUDE Models explores systems innature/biomimetics, evolutionary computational design and digital fabrication processes which encourages the human body to explore space and time through a series of scales and physical constructs.These spaces test and titillate the sensory modes of human perception and experience thereby orchestrating avenues for discovery, surprise, provocation, rebellion and dialogue. The “models” argue for new forms of interaction between humans and three dimensional space triggered by design systems inherent in nature. These investigations range from exploring sine geometries inherent in ocean waves, topological mathematical surfaces  and pattern formations in nature.
These models / prototypes operate at varied scales and constructs ranging from skins, scuplture and spatial installations and are conscious of the human gaze set upon them thereby encouraging interaction and dialogue at a variety of scales. These models focus on the production of “art” as design research in the realm of object making, sculpture, public-art, installations, site-context, space, performance and sound powered by the digital.
Nude models are stripped bare to reveal the true nature of "code" and "production" processes that invites the viewer to cast their gaze on spatial hierarchies that blur traditional boundaries between art, sculpture, installation-art and architecture.

-Nuru Karim

Medium : Materials & Digital Tool Kit

1.      PLA
2.      PVC
3.      MDF
4.      Cardboard
5.      Solid Surfaces
6.      Acrylic
7.      Paper
8.      Fibre Reinforced Plastic
9.      Cast Concrete
10.  ABS

Digital Tool Kit
1.      3D FDM printers
2.      CNC cutters
3.      Laser cutters
4.      Injection Molding
5.      Vaccum forming

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Apnavi Makanji’s solo exhibition at TARQ.

It is with great pleasure that I write to you about our next exhibition Soil as witness | Memory as wound— Apnavi Makanji’s solo exhibition at TARQ. 

In this exhibition, Makanji presents a series of installations that use a variety of site specific soil as their core medium.The exhibition also includes several watercolour works, and revolves around ideas of memory and home, with a broader horizon that touches migration, identity and human constructs of nature. Please find attached the press release and invite for the show. It would be wonderful to have you join us for the preview which will be at TARQ on Thursday, March 14, 6.30 pm onward. 

A few select works that will be part of the exhibition can be viewed by clicking hereIf you do want particular images in high resolution, let me know, and I will send them across as soon as possible.

In case you need further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Looking forward to hearing from you soon, and if you're in town, I hope to see you at the preview!