MORE THAN HUMAN - beyond morality & individuality - a group art exhibition at Art Explore

Posted by: at 10/20/2016 12:58:00 am
MORE THAN HUMAN - beyond morality & individuality - a group art exhibition at Art Explore, 23 Lakeside, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi from 14th October till 5th November, 2016 (TIMINGS: 11 am till 7 pm)

A touch cannot satisfy and horn only symbolizes
 A touch cannot satisfy and horn only symbolizes

Conquering Gold, 2015, Acrylic On Board
 Conquering Gold, 2015, Acrylic On Board

Face 3
 Face 3

Frida & me
 Frida & me    

Journey in a Strange Land Ritu Kamat
 Journey in a Strange Land Ritu Kamat

Mystery_smile
 Mystery_smile

Untitled Agni Series
 Untitled Agni Series
Untitled Hifzul Kabeer Sheikh
Untitled Hifzul Kabeer Sheikh

EVENT: 
MORE THAN HUMAN - beyond morality & individuality

DATE: 14th October till 5th November, 2016

VENUE: Art Explore, 23 Lakeside, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

TIMINGS: 11 am till 7 pm


India 20 October 2016:
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:: Gogi Saroj Pal, Pramod Kumar, Pallav Chander, Anjum Khan, Venus Thokchom, Shampa Sircar Das, Kanchan Chander, Ritu Kamat, Amith Das, Hifzul Sheikh Kabeer, Satadru Sovan


ABOUT THE SHOW

Individuality and belonging, are ambiguous concepts that have tended to escape rigorous theorization in a geographical sense. However, creating a world where boundaries of geography melt and reality transforms into fantasy, is the function of art. ‘More Than Human’ traces the links between these stylistically varied artists. We find that each artist works with a certain sense of fantasy and mythology, albeit a contemporary interpretation of it. The show offers the viewer an escape into a world that is surreal and expressionistic, serving up serious concerns of urban apocalypse with a shade of humor and irony.

This interesting blend of masters & contemporaries, figurative & abstracts will allow the onlooker to form their own views about the exhibition.

Senior artist Gogi Saroj Pal creates large-than life portraits of women that fill the entire compositional space, bringing a new significance to the term ‘Close-Up’.  The gold-leaf backdrop adds to the opulent nature of this work. The face of the woman bears a haughty expression. In this other work Gogi has worked a delicate portrait of a fair-skinned girl, against and ornate gold-leaf backdrop.

Kanchan Chander’s series on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is a tribute and wish fulfillment. It underlines Chander’s desire to be united with the iconic woman artist who prevailed despite several difficulties, including being bedridden for most of her adult life. Kanchan has inserted photographic images of herself alongside offset prints of Kahlo’s iconic works.

Ritu Kamath’s series, titled Journey in a Strange Land, talks of the flight into an unknown world. It is based on the desire to break away from shackles. The ordinary world visualizes freedom through various thoughts it encounters in its daily life… it is a foreplay and assemblage of triggers, tasks, thoughts, dreams, symbols and interpretations that constantly run through and titillate the mind.

Shampa Sircar Das, creates a dreamy art world where the four elements, earth, water, fire and wind are in harmony with mankind. Untitled (Fire Series). Red is the colour of fire (agni), the element that purifies all and gives birth anew. It contains eternal and perishable elements. Shampa bathes her canvas in crimson celebrating the eighth guardian of the universe. The birds and forest are floating in harmony with the protagonist who is a state of reverie.

Satadru Sovan is a multi-disciplinary artist whose works deal with the world of fantasy that is created with the advent of social media like Facebook and Orkut. Cyberspace is a product of Globalization that allows the user a sense of anonymity or a flawless alter-ego. His works specifically look at South Asian narratives and address issues of cultural dislocation and the alteration that occur in the rendering, translation of time and space. His works look at the contemporary transmission of visual culture, and the experiences of gender.

Anjum Khan’s Head 1 is part of a series where Anjum has focused on the modern city-bred Indian woman, who is young and fashionable with curly hair, alluring sun glasses and a direct almost challenging stare. Head 2 is a slice of life series where the artist showcases urban Indian women, at their most becoming. In this the protagonist in blue-tinted glasses, looks off into the distance in a mysterious way.

Pallav Chander’s series Conquering Gold, is laced with the ironies of life. The protagonist is fragmented and bears a tortured expression despite being immersed and surrounded by gold. Pallav also loves theatre, which is why many of his paintings bear a theatrical feel to them, where he treats the canvas as a stage. On this stage he comments about the greed and folly of mankind.

Pramod Kumar is one of the young artist that we at Art Explore have talent spotted among the many students from the Delhi College of Art who have completed their Bachelors in Fine Art. This series of portrait anonymous people that captures their metaphysical and inner energy, through a series of surreal portraits.

Amith Das’s works were chosen since his works have an air of intrigue and selectivity about them. This work titled Mystery behind the smile capturing the tragic-comic aspect of clowns, Amith lends a sinister feel to his depiction of the jester. The smile is garish, the eyes glazed and the character seems to be stepping through the twilight of a lonely city in a daze.

Venus Thokchom hails from Manipur, a state which is filled with beauty and disquiet in equal measure. In this Untitled series of six portraits of North Eastern women where each is different from the other he belies an old cliché that all ‘chinks look alike’. The work is a strong comment on race and ethnicity and the struggle to maintain one’s roots in an age of globalization.


Hifzul Sheik Kabeer is known for creating mythical characters that draw on the art that surrounded him in his childhood in Jharkhand, that is known for its rich heritage of folk art and Gond paintings. However, Hifzul allows their influence to gently flow into his art, though his approach is modern-contemporary. In this work he creates a Napoleon-like figure that doubles up as a self-portrait into a mystical, historical character.  


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