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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mexican Films based on Borders - Guillermo Alvarez

I have repeatedly mentioned that sometimes to go front we need to look back , Guillermo Alvarez who is an old friend of mine working with " vice Media " was bought into Mysore and we had a screening where the talk was about migration of people and its impact on economics, Politics , ecology etc . We thank the Mysore Film Society for this collaboration

" Touchy Experiences"

It has been a long time since i have posted but im now inspired to continue my posting journey , being part of the Zero Eight 21 connect ( a collective for Mysore ) we have been able to bring in Bangalore based Curator Manasa Raj who had previously curated 'Traversing Experiences " in the Metro station , the installation in Mysore is around a heritage space, The Dufferin Clock Tower. Join us on a journey to give voice to conversations about sexual harassment in public spaces. We’re re-imagining the portable museum structure created by Eduardo da Conceicao (former bangaloREsident@SandboxCollective) with artists, Aadirika Kara, Baadal Nandudaswamy, Desai Somesh , Neha Mehta and Simona I Pereira. Let’s break the stigma around sexual harassment by acknowledging it and speaking out. Join us on this journey to make our public spaces safer for all Curated by - Manasa Raj & Zero Eight 21 Connect in association with ‘Sandbox collective, supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan & Sunpure Homes .

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Landscape Art is not merely decorative

Landscape art is the depiction of natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, and especially art where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition. In other works landscape backgrounds for figures can still form an important part of the work. Sky is almost always included in the view, and weather is often an element of the composition. Detailed landscapes as a distinct subject are not found in all artistic traditions, and develop when there is already a sophisticated tradition of representing other getting into this art form deeper and deeper every day

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Baadal - The drafstman , the peoples artist

The Mysore art scene has witnessed Baadal Nanjundaswamy's constant movement from one thing to another for atleast ten years now .His skills are many. painter, singer, politician,graphic designer..the list goes on ..... . In his recent show though Baadal has shown this gamut of experiments,and why he is the peoples artist.His exhibition " Colors and More " has proven his draftsmanship skill and representational power .These are some images which give you a peek into this mentality

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

leimbi and the power of the collective spirit

Leimbi, in Leimbach, Zurich :

Creativity has many reasons and seasons, the process of creation is often enough more enjoyable to artists than the result .This atelier space above is one such a collective hub, I dont mean that there isnt great output from here , but meeting artists here like Goran Galic, Anna Estrika, Rafael Hefti , Fabio Marco Pirovino and getting to be bought here by another artist the musician Ernst Scholl has bought in me a belief that when creative minds gel together wonders can be made, these spaces here reflect a working culture amongst minds that i think should be replicated across the planet, Of a lot of interesting work i saw here were works by Goran who has been photographing the Serbian Bosnian conflict and another work the collectice is doing is on the needless bureacracy sometimes found in the EU, the subject is a parallel to the state of India.
Being invited to a slew of Show openings and being able to talk to people like Epsther Epstein and Andrea .... has grown in me seeds to do a show someplace on the parallels of societies in terms of gender and other things that i want to work with, for now though i have found collaborators willing to do music for the Mysore project, writers willing to write about culture, photographers willing to do the base photography, Architects and design students talking about design possibilities.

Collaborations rule the order of my days. !

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Hokusai Wave got Bigger Stronger ;;;;;; in southern france though !

this is the work that i have just completed in Biaritz, hugely influenced by Hokusai ;a bit more graphic though because the times are a changing, the fragmented triangles represent the breaking down of nature in my mind, and the fish are representative of the feminine;

Monday, August 1, 2011

How we get influenced !

We are creatures of influence, trying to change things around us and getting changed ourselves , we pick a lot of things subconciously maybe a dialogue from a friend, an accent from a tv show , a color from nature etc it is worth noticing how as visual artists we react to the work of artists we are close to, to me the classic example has been the influence that Edison and me have had on each other , its very easy to see the wave like movement in my work, but what i learnt from him were the flowy lines, in the pictures above on the walls that we painted together, it has been quite difficult for me to say where my work starts and where Edi's work ends.

....and then there are these influences that i see in the work of students from the students in cava , which had me taking a very critical approach towards some of them, but now knowing how sub concious it is ; i feel it is quite natural. then again there is a fine line between being influenced and plagiarising something

I sometimes find it hard to tell the difference and continue being Critical. and as Octavio Paz once said “What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.”

The tendency of a surrealist mind ,(..... Dhanashree continued )

Sunday, July 31, 2011

An artist

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.

Edgard Varese

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sleeping Beauty ( Johan H. Benthin ) , Balanced on a wall !

Consumption and Greed - Kumar Gowrav

The Spirit of Fire

The Spirit of Fire is one of five powerful elemental spirits known as the Five Grand Elemental Spirits. They are derived from the Great Spirit itself, and like it, constitute a collective of souls. They can be controlled by their respective Elemental Warrior, or a Shaman
Spirit of Fire, transformed into water ,The Spirit of Fire has the ability to consume other souls and spirits in order to further enhance its own power. Its primary medium for its over soul is air.

Spirit of Fire , - a break from my fascination with water and movement into the other elements , this Canvas was created by Using fire itself and no paint or charcoal

source on written material - the Wikipedia

TIGER, tiger, burning bright

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

1794 THE TYGER (from Songs Of Experience)
By William Blake

The Tiger ,Oil on canvas by the artist Brahmananda .

Monday, July 25, 2011

" When Reality is free association, dream analysis, and the unconscious " we can call it Surreal !

Night jostles her stars
It rains sand and cotton
It is so hot
but silence weaves sighs
and the glory of summer
Signals a little bit everywhere
of heated crimes
of people who'll overthrow thrones
and a great light
in the West
and the East
tender like a rainbow
It's noon now
All the bells answer
Waiting deaf
like a great animal
Gets its limbs out of all four corners
it advances its claws
the shadows and the beams
The sky will fall on our heads
Wind is expected
That today has to be blue
like a flag

"GOLD MEDAL "The poem by Philippe Soupault, translated by Johannes Beilharz
" Feeding the moon " - Installation by Dhanashree Gadiyar

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Art is Incidental ( Random Doings )

A famous artist in mysore said, art is everywhere . he also said art is elsewhere, i'm going to add " art is incidental " !