Thursday 18 September 2014

Rajuri to Arnala Grease Art!!! Site Specific

In recent times site specific installation art has gained as much importance as installations in closed doors of galleries. Its popularity is credited to its dual purpose of being an art in itself and involving entire environment in which it is placed. Cobalt Blu group artists had set up their installations at  Rajuri to Arnala Sea Beach. This public-art attracted attention due to its theme that involved element of sea adding intensive meaning and glamour to each artist’s installation. This public art dealt with psychological association of human being with water bodies and also to the most grave issue of saving sea or large water bodies from pollution. 
Site Specific work by Archana Mishra

To start with Indian traditional belief, artist Archana Mishra’s installation was a perfect art work. She had applied the age old Indian belief of ‘washing away sins and mental disturbances in water to gain peace of mind’ concept in her installation. Her artwork was made up of transparent red craft paper and sticks them to a tall wooden log. The papers of triangular shape fluttered in the breeze. She intended these fluttering plain papers to be used by the visitors and observers to write one of their bad experiences or names of the people whom they wanted to forget or permanently rid away from their heart and life. After the considerable number of people had noted their personal bad experiences and names of disturbing people in their life, she washed it away in the sea, thus implying that whatever evil was in each one’s life was drawn n the dept of seawater, never to return back. The psychological reasoning is that a person feels at ease discarding the burden that they carried in their minds. It’s an act of mental at peace by this act. Artist has smartly used this idea to create her installation and it worked well. 

View work chick Video  by Santosh Kalbande
Next in line to deal feelings of every individual is artist Santosh Kalbande. He had used three level hurdles. First is sand base, second is the P.O.P base and third water filled glasses. All three were suggestive of hurdles in freedom of an individual. The row of transparent glasses filled with water had live fish in each of them. According to the artist, fish symbolized artist himself. Glass was metaphoric hurdles and boundaries built around him due to various social obligations. He is not able to live life at his free-will. This installation against the backdrop of huge ocean suggested that even though there are various opportunities around him like the ocean, still he is restricted in small space and not able to explore the mysteries of ocean; about truth of life. His suppression and aggression was projected by the rapid movements of fish trying to find more space to breathe and survive, but had to accommodate it self in limitations set for it. It was unable to go and enjoy the vastness of ocean. The suppressed feelings and expression of fishes is but the reality of artists and every creative person’s life. 
Site Specific work by Ashok Hinge

Artist Ashok Hinge’s installation shows his restlessness at the thought of detoriating state of environment due to global warming. His installation ‘Birth or Curse’ was the actual instant post-birth process when a child is separated from his mother by cutting off the umbilical chord. From that moment onwards child gains new identity as an individual and is let in world to find its own means of survival without being dependent on mother. The installation had same concept, that we are soon getting detached from Mother Nature who fed us warmly all through the ages. But since it lacks nourishment due to Global warming we would be soon destined to get detached from her. To represent this idea, artist used a tree trunk which stands static lonely and lifeless due to its brown shade. The lamp in it was a symbolic representation of naval opening to which fetus’ chord is attached, before being permanently detached from mother.   
Site Specific work by Tathi Premchand

Tathi Premchand  was hollering awareness voice, implying and suggesting by his installation that people must take care of sea, especially seas in Mumbai and around. His installation had Harpic cleaner bottle placed on the beach. The first thought that struck was, that Harpic is used people to keep their house germs free and sparkling white. But looking at the background that of grease and dirty sea, cleanliness seemed to be biased for personal cleanliness and hygiene and public properties and natural resources like seas. Why are people negligent in keeping these water bodies clean and clear? Can we use a toilet cleaner like liquid disinfectant to clean seas? We should have one- is what artist wishes for. The installation is a direct appeal to every Mumbaikar to take part in cleanliness drive. 

This public art was a treat to eyes and also highlighted environmental issues. But as it happens in every site specific art, the artworks have to be left on site and cannot be carried back. Other then Archana Mishra’s artwork which must have now found solace in deep sea water, all other art works are still on the beach for public viewing and will be there until it looses its charm or depletes on its own. It was truly a Site Specific successful exhibition by Cobalt Blu.

 - By Pankaja JK 

Site Specific (Causes of Clean Environment) Art by Cobalt Blu Art Project

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Event Created : Deepali Dawane

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