In an attempt to bring together different forms of contemporary art under one roof, Gallery Veda is organising a group show, Introspective Revelations. Curated by gallery director Preeti Garg, the exhibition, which kicks off on Sunday, will feature the works of 10 artists. Here we feature three with markedly different styles.
Cities on canvas
Transforming cities into art is Vinita Karim’s paintings. Karim derives her inspiration from what she terms as a “nomadic lifestyle”. Her experiences in cities like Tripoli, Berne, Nuremberg, Manila, Stockholm and Cairo are showcased in her paintings that tend to portray the essence of city life. “Even though you do not see any people, the presence of life is evident through the brightly-lit windows depicting hundreds of lives,” says Karim about her painting The Tree of Life. The 53-year-old artist, who was born in Myanmar, currently moves between Delhi and Dhaka. She uses different layered techniques like special canvases (linen or jute and cotton) and panels with intricate embroidery on Dhaka muslin as part of her painting.
Moving from busy canvases to the “less is more” dictuum, Henk van Putten will be displaying his selection of pieces in wood, metal and granite. Describing the concept of constructivism in art, Putten says, “(It) is a way of thinking which finds its roots in Russia—constructing simple geometrical shapes in interesting structures.” The Auroville-based artist believes in avoiding the baroque style. Two highlights: wooden works made of plywood and padouk wood, titled Immobile Dancer and Jumps of Joy, which portray different dance movements.
Yuvan Bothysathuvar’s journey into art is as distinct as his style. After finishing school, he worked under JP Krishna to make banners and billboards depicting actors and politicians in the 1990s. He says it is from that experience that he has gained the most. His works are inspired by his memories, experiences and dilemmas of life. Bothysathuvar’s work uses strips of magazine paper on plywood. “Each and every colour are strands of memories for me,” he says about his art.
July 17 to October 5. At Gallery Veda, Nungambakkam. Art work from Rs 3,000 (approximately). Details: 43090422
— Simar Bhasin