Urban cartography finds a new canvas
An untitled wall made of wood and brass sheets by Neeraj Patel
A cartographer is someone who makes maps. But, check out this artistic take on the profession at Gallery Beyond. Urban Cartographer features works by three cartographers from Pune, Udaipur and Baroda. The trio: Mitali Shah, Neeraj Patel and Shrikant Kadam, have combined science, aesthetics and technique, to create urban maps inspired by their muses. There are 35 artworks across mediums like canvas, paper, acrylic, threads, ink, jute, cloth, brass
Acrylic and cloth on canvas by Neeraj Patel
Sprouts, an acrylic, ink, dry pastels and pen on paper artwork by Mitali Shah.
Baroda-based artist Mitali Shah’s artworks on paper tackle questions of urban growth. Using handmade paper, jute and threads, she negotiates the transformation of cities. “I document scenarios of unplanned urbanisation. My work is centered on the concept of human habitation in urban clusters and the state of mind of the inhabitants,” she explains. On the other hand, Pune-based artist Shrikant Kadam returns from the concrete jungle of the city to a natural habitat. “The paintings are about large spaces collected in memories — in colours such as hazy, green, intense blues, defused reds and oranges— a crowded quietness away from the urban cacophony of sounds and images,” he states. Udaipur’s Neeraj Patel, who is a Baroda resident now, recreates his internal world through his large-sized artworks.
An acrylic, ink, dry pastels and pen on paper. Artwork by Mitali Shah.
Untitled acrylic, poster colour, cloth and paper on canvas. Art by Neeraj Patel
Vibhuraj Kapoor, curator and owner of Gallery Beyond, says, “If art reflects the lifestyle of the times we live in, urban living is the constant process we are dealing with. No matter who you are and what you do, you have to deal with issues related to housing, infrastructure, garbage, travel, etc. It is a similar situation across any urban city in India and maybe, the world. It is an all-consuming process one lives with. These three artists mirror such concerns."
From: May 19 to June 25, 11 pm to 6 pm
At: Gallery Beyond, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Fort.