Sunday 9 November 2014

‘Chitradarshani’ – Exhibition of paintings organized by 3H Art Society.

TRIBUTE to MASTER Prafulla Dahanukar  and M F Hussain 
Opening show at 6pm 15th Nov 2014 Art Gate Gallery 
ARTIST 3H, a brain child of Dhiraj Hadole, is a multipurpose Art Society aimed at nurturing the Art heritage of India and increase Art awareness among the people. The name itself shows the great admiration for three prominent features of all the artists who knowingly or unknowingly create masterpieces- 3H are Heart, Head and Hand! Dhiraj Hadole thinks that Art is as expression for purpose and every artist does it in his own style which stimulates the thought process of the viewer; therefore it would not be right to discriminate between famed and novice. He gives equal platform and exposure to both and highly respected and budding masters of Art who are instrumental in making Art an inseparable part of the Society.

The present show by 3H is called ‘Chitradarshan’, one of its kind displaying and showcasing masterpieces by various Indian artists. It also pays tribute to M.F.Hussain and his serigraphs and prints are displayed in the exhibition. The show also includes rare art works of Prafulla Dahanukar, K.K.Hebbar and Badri Narayan.   

The unique feature of this exhibition is that it does not have a particular theme running through the art works by various artists involved in it, instead there is a magnanimous effort made by Dhiraj, the organizer to bring various themes under one roof. It features over 20 artists and their art. It includes abstract, figurative, realistic and landscape themes on canvas and mix media. Some of the masterpieces are displayed for the first time in India.

Recent work Pankaj Khalode 

Artists like Pankaj Khalode and Laxman Ahire have very well shouldered their responsibility to bring out the pros and cons of the Indian traditional society and create social awareness. Nurturing tradition and following the culture is a pride of India, admired by the whole world. But one realizes that it has a cruel side which is evidently ignored by our society. Among many other issues on of the most grave and ancient issue is of ‘prostitution’ which is the subject of study of artist Pankaj Khalode. He calls it ‘Desire and Disgust’. It is the social institution throughout the recorded history. It is unanimously accepted and developed by the society, to fulfill the immorality, lust of men. Women are ruthlessly used for men’s sexual satisfaction and reduced to being ‘mindless and heartless thing’ She is just ‘a worker’, a sex worker that all. Artist finds the root cause of this dehumanization in domestic set-up; usually a male dominated institute, where women are suppressed from speaking against infidelity and womanizing. So it is a grave question - Is the respected institution of marriage and family a malice or the outcome of failure or dissatisfied marital relation that gives rise to prostitution, is a malice? The artist also explores the issue of homosexuality that is considered as a tragedy in a gender conscious society. Again, it is not a new trend but hidden and deeply rooted in society. Pankaj discloses the bitter truth of suppressed human feelings, so as to extend sympathy and develop awareness of being fair and just towards these dumb, harasses souls.

Laxman Ahire feels the complicated social structure does not only affect the ill-considered men and women, but it has always been cruel to women in general. The progress has not total taken charge of chauvinism in Indian male. We still find animal-instinct in most of them. He brings into lime light the torture of sexual discrimination in the form of Sati, female infanticide, child-marriage, dowry deaths, sexual molestation and rape. Through his art he intends to create an awareness to stop all these bad practices, respect woman in every form, as a mother, sister, daughter and wife. She is not a thing to be played with. She is a Human being. Violence against woman should be stopped only then our society will be truly progressed. A progressive attitude is but a true sign of progressed society.   

Insight into the core of existence is the topic of two artists, Manoj Parturkar and Anuja Parturkar. Manoj gets his inspiration exclusively from the Nature. He compares nature to Mother and feels all the evolutions in nature is motherly phenomenon where from life begins, the potential energy in the womb, blooms out to being active and ready to explore the Universe. At all the steps this energy is supported and guided just like the mother in animate state who is protective about the child. The relations between existing things develop automatically as the interdependence is the need of natural elements just as it is the need of the human living in the society. Nature does not waver from its role of being energy provider and has strong hold on every thing that evolved from it.

Anuja Parturkar works on abstract, because for her, it is an emotional and spiritually rich expression. As we can see it in her paintings there is an unfathomable depth. The more you delve into interpreting it into totality, the more it expands its horizon of expression. The paintings touch and stimulate your heart and head (mind) just as the horizon which gives an illusion of touching the sea waters. So close yet, so far. The mysterious and indefinable relation that abstracts create is absolutely unconditional and completely an inner sight.

Abstracts are mysterious, but reality also holds many subtle outcomes. Narendra Tatkare’s paintings are realistic expressions and pictorial investigations of the truth of metro life which is full of inanimate objects like sprawling concrete comfort zones, symbols, signs, artificial ambience to make feel- good, crowd yet isolation of every individual. Narendra’s artwork is an effort of creating an iconography for a city metro growing in the womb of urbanization.

Recent work Swami Sitaram

Swami Sitaram who hails from the city of beautiful landscapes, Odisha, looks at the beauty from a realistic point of view. For him landscapes are not just a natural set-up, but acquire importance and meaning only due to the external influences of politics, economics and social conduct. All these in turn influence the architecture of the place. So architecture becomes the focal point in his paintings. According to him architecture is visually challenging and recites the social and political background. He presents his own home town Odisha and tells that he closely associates himself with the architectural materials like stones, bricks, cement et al. The visual abstractions in the arrangement and overlapping layers of imageries are the interpretations of human beliefs and myths into the particular space. We find the conceived or unperceived influences that make an impact on people and his paintings represent this juxtaposition.

Shil Ramteke expresses his emotions, thoughts and daily life experiences. Basically human actions are dependent on conscious and subconscious thoughts. The conflict is never ending. One tries to find a balancing act for better living. His paintings represent these conflicts in form of lines, colors and forms. One of his acrylic on paper creations projects his mind taking an elephantine leap. There are many inhibitions and hurdles that controls ones emotional and physical outburst and these remain locked in sub conscious mind. The painting thus opens up one of such thoughts in form of elephant. The blue color may be the projection of gratified and composed and unruffled personality; a superficial appearance. But the leaping mind is the real self and every individual’s dream and aspiration. Thus Shil Ramteke brings out the perplexity, especially as requiring a choice between desired and obligatory.

Visuals of human and animal skin patterns are prominent in work of Prakash Gaikwad. For this exhibition, he presents the condition of Vitiligo affecting human skin. Vitiligo is a condition that causes depigmentation of parts of the skin. It occurs when skin pigment cells die or are unable to function. Vitiligo is neither infectious nor contagious but still in India, society discriminates people suffering from these disorders. He points out to negative and biased attitude of Indians to discriminate people by their looks and appearance without knowing the reality and facts.
Recent work at Art Gate Gallery : 15th Nov 6PM Opening 

Swapnil Godase has specialized in Metal Craft. Having achieved excellence with Canvas, Copper, Brass, Metal Scraps and Fiberglass, he experiments frequently with new media. His core profile revolves around developing techniques of reposes and shaping sheet metals like Copper, Brass and Steel. The artist is currently developing Experimental Art concepts depicting inspirations from daily life. For this exhibition he has crafted metal hand bag, a compulsory accessory of every working class common man. Bag is the proof of modernization and progress.
Recent work Prashant Anasane 

Prashant Anasane highlights the fact that human progress was and is possible only due evolution and development of Things. And these material things were designed according to needs of people and based on same working theory as that of living being’s body. There is a similarity of structural theory in animate and inanimate things. Things too, civilized with times; they were further modified to make human life comfortable. Therefore, advanced things add to progressive and developed human lifestyle. Prashant highlights this interdependence in his paintings.

The only artist without a particular theme who attracts attention of the viewer only with his Medium of Expression is Dhiraj Hadole. He handles various subjects in his creations. His medium and techniques plays an important role in highlighting his thought. Like, in this exhibition he has used punch mark for creative expression. The creation does not specify a particular symbol but one can relate to it in sublime. The vibrancy of creation attracts the attention. The artist purely aims to enjoy his creation and looks for new avenues to explore and express.

Recent work Rohan Pawor 
Rohan Pawar makes us nostalgic with his installation of bicycle molded in brass, with its reflection under the heading ‘Reflecting Childhood’. It is blissful to go back into memories of innocence and spontaneity of energy which is completely opposite to matured attitude that involves crafted actions and circumstantially induced energy. 

15th to 21nd Nov :  opening 6PM 15th Nov at 12 pm to 7pm Art Gate Gallery, Churchgate Mumbai
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