Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Matters of the Heart, Achalam a tribute and more..


Matters of the Heart
( Work on display)
Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai presents the solo show of eminent feminist artist Rekha Rodwittiya. The show titled, ‘Matters of the Heart’ are the artist’s foray into her trademark female protagonists, who are depicted as liberated and with an unflinching gaze at the viewer.

The works also display nuances of an autobiographical archiving of the artist’s travels and experiences depictions as photo memories layered on to the skin of the works. The works bring out the emphatic and feminine narratives of the feminine heart.

The show is on view from 5th December to 31st December 2013.

A tribute to Achalam
( Work on display)
Achalam Art Gallery, Chennai is hosting a painting exhibition that is a tribute to the artist on whose name the gallery stands today. This exhibition is showcased once in every five years. Paintings using different mediums such as oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pen drawing, pencil shading, water colour, and pastels are on display.

The exhibition narrates the memoir of artist Achalam in his journey through the path of gradual artistic transformation. The paintings are arranged in such a way that they unfold the artist's journey in the field of art from the age of 5 to 35. They include paintings drawn during elementary education without the guidance of any teachers, those sketched after proper training in college and those that have been transfigured to suit the present art world.

The show is on view till 4th December 2013.

Egyptian coffee for Art
( work on display)
Our Sacred Space, Hyderabad is hosting a painting workshop to teach Egyptian Coffee Painting. This workshop will be conducted by Padma Siri Surampudi, who is a well known artist as well as art teacher. 

Surampudi is a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University and is known for her coffee painting skills. For art enthusiasts this is a chance to learn more about this unique form of painting and be more creative.
The workshop is to be held on 11th and 12th December 2013.

Multi themed art

Leader’s Choice Art Gallery, Tiruchirapalli, presents a group show of artworks by artists from the country. On display at the show are a variety of themes and narratives, rendered in a multitude of artistic processes, making this a unique show.

The participating artists are Eugene D’Vaz, V Gokula, A Sivakumar, R Muthuselvan and Hermon Carduz. The show was inaugurated by G Balakrishnan, former vice principal of St Joseph’s college.

Abstracts, figurstives, landscapes and photography comprise the forms and styles of the art works on display.

The show is on view till 7th December 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Print an object

(Works in a sculptural way: I make fun stuff with it, says Fabian)
In his recent 3D print party German artist in residence at Jaaga, Fabian Hesse sought to assemble a 3D printer together, using open hardware and software for a do-it-yourself experience.
Meanwhile he had also brought a running 3D printer with him, which would be printing objects live at the party. And he displayed previously printed objects, some designed, some downloaded, some based on photos or drawings sent to him.
He also displayed an abstract object designed by him, a physical representation of data, something Fabian specializes in.
“I am interesting in using the machine in a way that is specific to the machine, in that it should not be created by a mould and I string the object layer by layer without it sticking to the previous layer,” says Fabian.
“There is a randomness to it that goes beyond identical reproduction of copy-paste, where the file can be printed anytime. Here the object will be different each time.”
Previously Fabian has printed out the contents of his Yahoo inbox as well as statistics by the NGO Transparency International.
“It is a way for me to work with that data in a sculptural way. I make fun stuff with it. By printing out data the way I do it, no information is visible anymore. Information becomes abstract or loses its context as information.”
Fabian who studied sculpture and architecture says he is always interested in what happens in society.
“I worked with public spaces before, through architectural inventions and projects in public spaces. Now I see that there is a new public space emerging there, digitalization has completely changed society in all fields.”
Though his latest work, with the 3D printer has not direct connection with public spaces, the internet is what links both. It is through the internet that he showcases the process of making an open 3D printer, which is the project that he is currently working on.
“The internet as a public space is interesting, in how the public-ness of this space is challenged and also how the public-ness challenges privacy of the other hand.” The printer will still take time, since it has to be assembled part-by-part, and some parts are designed and customized by him.
“The printer is specified for my needs as a sculptor. I started it here, but it will take a few more months to complete after development and testing. Still there will be visible results at the end of my project, which is a long-term project.”
What he will be showcasing is a secret, but after the print party, where he displayed men’s underwear printed with data used for identifying and tracking, one can only imagine.

(Report by Harshini Vakkalanka for The Hindu)

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