Taking inspiration from the Tiny Trifecta Art Show at the Cotton Candy Machine Art Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Bengaluru-based artist Madhuvanthi Mohan is all set to curate our own version called the Triple Threat! A day-long art fair at the Kormangala Social on April 9, this will bring together some of Bengaluru’s best indie artists under one roof and showcase three pieces of their innovative, yet thought-provoking art. We have the details.
“I chanced upon this exhibit when I was interning one summer in New York. It was strange and twisted – nothing like I’d ever seen before,” she tells us. Think rainbows, but at a closer glance, decapitated bunnies (!) The featured city artists whose work you’ll see this Sunday include Appupen, Acid Toad, Gumani, Anoop Bhat, Art of Roshan, Sajid Wajid, Shaikh, Manek D’Silva, Something Sketchy, Neethi Goldhawk, Tanya Eden and Ayangbe Mannen. “These are a group of eclectic artists – some of who don’t even print their work. So, this art pop up and gallery show is a rather rare opportunity to find it,” says Madhuvanthi, for whom hosting her fellow artists’ clan comes naturally, seeing as she runs a community called The Sketchup, which is a group for Indian artists to connect, collaborate and support one another.
Ever saved some of your favourite album art? You can also hear it from artists Anoop Bhat and Gaurav Basu aka Acid Toad about the process of creating art for music bands. “How I arrive at the imagery isn’t random and we’re going to be talking about the process of it. I feel like people don’t understand what goes into the making of it and will appreciate it a lot more if they knew. This is a step in that direction,” says Anoop who will also be presenting his album art for Bengaluru-based band Diarchy, and tour posters for UK bands like Conan. It’s also welcoming for the city’s art community. “When you think of an art exhibition in India, an older artist presenting fine art might come to mind. Illustrations are also art, and not just commercial. This gives a glimpse into their personal tastes,” notes artist Pia Meenakshi aka Gumani. “This is all about an appreciation for local artists, for originals and support the indie art scene,” adds Madhuvanthi in conclusion.