“It is important to express oneself... provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience.” — Berthe Morisot
Last week, the Artsci Feat was held at the Phoenix Mall Whitefield. Inaugurated by the honourable home minister, the whole concept impressed art lovers. An installation and over 200 works of art, the unique art collective aimed to tread a different path, and in the process take art to a new level.
The recent developments for art in the city have been refreshing and the Artsci Fest intended to reach out to a wider audience by breaking the four walled gallery concept. It was an event that I studio hosted and it had the works of some prominent artists whose oeuvres have captivated audiences — legends like KG Subramanyam, renowned yoga guru Dr Bharat Thakur, sculptor G Reghu, young maverick artist Bhavani GS and many more.
Sculptor G Reghu’s ceramic sculptures have been liked by everyone in the art fraternity. G Reghu has a sense of originality to his sculptures where he brings a quirky and playful language to his works. His sculptures are often human figures which portray a cute playfulness, probably a narrative to our long lost childhood, which we all used to enjoy fully.
The three figures in the show depict themselves in intense conversation amongst themselves. KG Subramanyam is probably one of the most well-known artists of our generation. Famous for the seamless ease in which he paints bold pictures, KG Subramanyam’s works have been a mainstay in the most prominent art shows across the country.
Another artist in the show was Bharat Thakur. Thakur’s transformation from being a world renowned yoga guru to a phenomenal artist is truly inspiring. As an artist, his work has oscillated between the abstract and figurative. Initially, an abstract artist who seamlessly and without using a brush, which is a rarity, has painted over 500 abstract works of art.
He has successfully and incredibly turned towards figurative and his depiction of the Aghori as a narrative, is sublime. The impasto techniques he uses to paint the Real Babas who he stayed with in the Himalayas is spine chilling. The vibrant life of the Aghor is skillfully depicted in mammoth canvas. There was Bhavani GS who has been an artist who always experiments with diverse mediums. Be it her exploratory video installations or deft pen drawings, the paintings are done with a sense of dedication.
Dr Bharat Thakur said, “It is by lending his body to the world, the artist changes the world into paintings. To understand these transubstantiations we must go back to the working, actual body, which is an intertwining of vision and movement.”
The curator Sonu Mulchandani elaborated, “Art is a meditative expression of an artist. It reveals the depth of the artist’s sadhana (meditative state). The five parameters that I did look into before putting up the collection.” The art show at Phoenix is an eye opener to many who generally do not go to galleries. It is heart warming to see the public in huge numbers throng to catch a glimpse of the artworks.
The show opened on January 24 and will run through till end of February at the Phoenix Mall.
— The writer is an art expert and curator.