Wednesday 7 November 2018

Behold the Honeycomb by Likla Lall

Behold the Honeycomb; Nature’s flawless design. Each hexagon is impeccable in itself, and at the same time, a part of something grander. Look closer and you will see that within each perfect cell there is a unique world buzzing with a life of its own.
Sudhir Patwardhan at Honeycomb group show Jehangir Art Gallery

Here you see Santosh Kalbande at work. He is holding a matchstick; to him this matchstick is the basis of all representation. He plants his matchstick in ply and out blossoms an artistic symbolism of the male and the female. Form and geometric shape are born from this artistic union in a repetition that inspires, in the viewer, a meditative state of mind.

And here sits another Nilesh Shilkar within his honeyed cell, equally obsessed with cells and mutation. Liberated by minimalism, he punctures the paper carefully with Braille-like pinpricks of three-dimensional form, in an exploration of the very evolution of the Universe.

Over here is Vinita Dasgupta, an artist who looks at life like pieces of a puzzle. Each colour, texture and shape takes hold of her imagination. Memory, feelings and impressions come together in careful folds and create layer after layer of untold stories. You may have seen and admired her works over the last six years at the Indian Art Fair in Delhi, but this year she promises something new.
Kumar Ranjan is a man that misses home. He now lives in a city that seems intent on suffocating him. Every now and then, he escapes into the clear blue skies and green jungles of his ancestors. The memory stays with him, and in bold strokes he captures them on jute canvas.

Now consider these two artists, Srabani Sarkar and a Tushar Potdar, each peering closely at the world around them. She watches the socio-economic currents that rush past her, and finds meaning in woodcut, printing powerful and undeniable images. He takes the everyday object and turns them into something extraordinary upon his canvas. And here are two that know the importance of blank spaces. 

Raj Bhandare from Goa

While Raj Bhandare transforms scrap metal into something spiritual in experiments that involve the wilful immersion of beautifully crafted four by four feet metal-works in the ocean for three months, Vishal Pawar proves dexterous with his use of charcoal; but both know the depth that lies between two lines.

And finally, here is Tathi Premchand, the man who brought them all together. His obsession with variation transcended his art and clambered into his role as Artist & curator. He looked at each cell and saw the soul within. He displays a special collection of thirty works created over a period of ten years created more than ten thousand drawings.

Here is Honeycomb, a glimpse into the ever changing retro-scope of the lives of nine artists. Enjoy the art works of Tathi Premchand, Raj Bhandare, Santosh Kalbande, Nilesh Shilkar, Vinita Dasgupta, Srabani Sarkar, Kumar Ranjan, Tushar Potdar and Vishal Pawar as they travel through the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Ratnagiri and more.

by Likla Lall

Art Writer & Researcher 2018/Mumbai 


You are invited for the grand opening of HONYCOMB, A group show by 9 Artists at Jehangir Art Gallery,
Tathi Premchand I Raj Bhandare I Santosh Kalbande I Nilesh Shilkar I Vinita Dasgupta I
Srabani Sarkar I Kumar Ranjan I Tushar Potdar I Vishal Pawar
13th November 2018 : Exhibition open at 4pm on
Exhibition Date : 13th to 19th November 2018 Time: 11am to 7pm
Jehangir Art Gallery Auditorium Hall
161B, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India.

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