Friday 19 June 2015

join us for the screening at the Visitor's Centre, CSMVS, on the 23rd of June 2015, at 5.30 pm. Tea will be served at 5 pm.

The Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, CSMVS, will host the first of its events planned around the current exhibition at the gallery, Ram Kumar: Works in the Jehangir Nicholson Collection.
Ram Kumar, Nostalgic Longing, explores the philosophy, the views and the life of one of the country's most renowned abstractionists, connecting it to his astounding body of work. The documentary is part of a series of four films made by the French Director Laurent Bregeat, on India's modernists.

Monday 15 June 2015

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Wednesday 10 June 2015

Overcoming Loss...

Before one touches down at any of the two airports, dinghy houses with roofs wearing plastic sheets is the first thing that one can notice. Some 100 kilometers off the metropolitan limits, Adivasis in Tansa and other protected forest areas use these very sheets as a rain cover on their bodies. Thus in the regional context, a single large sheet pf polymer is a ready-made object primarily used for protection. SmitaKinkale knows the purpose and usefulness of these sheets, and her larger artistic project has been about replacing the function, purpose and utility with an aesthetic statement.
Recent Artwork by Smita Kinkale

With her own upbringing in Tansa forest area as an Adivasi girl, she remembers moods of the forest, the many rain-flowers that punctuate meadows that go green in monsoon but would turn golden brown in October and show the bear black soil in summer. While these wildflowers and monsoon orchids could have been a part of her imagery, she chooses to negate many aspects, including the use of colour and canvas.
Artist : Smita Kinkale
Arguably, it is not a coincidence if a viewer, looking at Smita’s work, is reminded of Jackson Pollock’s “Lavender Mist”. Some may think of the red work as a Gulmohar or others might think of it as bougainvillea, yet others might not think of any flower but will arrive at a joy of witnessing the red abundance. Same with the blue works that delve the viewer into aquatic ecstasies, or the white works that reveal a riot of colour.

Such experience is elusive, and the presence of the material overtakes it. This is the precise moment when one arrives at SmitaKinkale's work. As an artist, she does not celebrate nature or even her past. Instead, the works seem to be asserting the human capacity of overcoming loss by reconnecting the present and absent in passage of time. 

Recent Artwork by Smita Kinkale

Smita’s art-making practice looks differently at the notions of craft and artistic intervention at one end and the conceptual context of “the ready-made” on the other. Spreading the plastic sheets on one another, welding them to make a multi-layered picture-plane and then excavating hidden layers from the picture-plane are studio processes that define her intervention that is intrinsically artistic. She chooses the layers that inform each different picture-plane, and with some defined cuts with a knife or scalpel, she operates one the picture-plane to make her clues visible. The cuts often resemble with the primitive art-making practice. A triangle is repeated not as a geometric form, but as an abstract unit that gives way to other forms. 

To be sure, the work negates bipolarity of urbane and primitive, of organic and inorganic, of presence and absence.These works pave pathways to a multi-layered experience. The works make us aware of the realms of memory and reality that cohabit
in our senses.

Abhijeet Tamhane,

Mumbai, summer 2015.

Tuesday 2 June 2015

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Monday 1 June 2015

'Ram Kumar - Drawings from the 60's' at Gallery 7 Multiple Happenings in a Meditative Space

The legendary artist Ram Kumar needs no introduction. An equally legendary conceptual solo show of Ram Kumar's drawings from the 60s will be displayed at Gallery 7, Kala Ghoda's favourite art space starting from 8th June, 2015 onwards. Done in pen and ink on paper, these paintings have a mesmerising presence with a substance which touches our heart and mind the moment we fix our gaze at them. The lines have an immediacy of their own and they start taking us to a journey and alert us with each drawing enabling us to be experience a visual delight.
'Ram Kumar - Drawings from the 1960

The drawings belong to the celebrated Varanasi Phase of Ram Kumar's career which transformed his figurative period into a non representational one. His paintings move towards abstract landscape forms and images. Yet, these drawings of the same early sixties period have a different tale to tell.Some of the drawings shows the traces of architectural constructs and some images, shapes and figures immerge in certain drawings, some contain a geometrical familiarity but even this has a germinal essence of their own.

Ramkumar says that, "An artist shows the entry point to his creative world and the rest depends on the onlooker, what he sees, feels and interprets. He has to make an effort to find for himself what he is seeking and what the artist wants him to see."Ramkumar has in fact created here a meditative space by the use of lines, where one can also build and re build ones own space to ponder over ones feelings.  For Ramkumar, if the Varanasi phase or that period has been a turning point in his paintings, it has been no less an inspirational period, for his drawings, which came on their own magnificently: giving him an 'expressive way' to grasp and say certain things, which could not be transmitted by his paintings.
Gallery 7, Kala Ghoda Mumbai- (Courtesy: Mid-day)
These drawings independently and intently, have unique flavour, and flair within the oeuvre of Ramkumar.  To be with them is to be with serene, calm and sublime feelings, and is to enter space, where multiple movements, gatherings and sensations are awaiting us! 

Title: 'Ram Kumar - Drawings from the 60's' at Gallery 7

Date:  8th June 2015 onwards

Where: Gallery 7
G 3, Ground Floor, Oricon House,
12/14 Rampart Row, K. Dubhash Road,
Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001

Days: Monday to Saturday , Sunday closed. 

Timings: 10:30 am till 7:00 pm

Contact: +91 22 22183996; +91 22 22189520

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