Seven shades of art

Published: 01 December, 2013 11:02 IST | Kareena N Gianani |

This week, head to Gallery 7 to view '7', a group exhibition in which artistes use various media to explore ideas. Spoiler alert: Be prepared to wear green blinkers with LED backlights

The group exhibition at Gallery 7 is out to test your senses in more ways than one. Seven, to be precise. As part of their latest group exhibition, seven artistes use seven media to toy with ideas that have taken roots in their minds. Curated by the Chameleon Art Projects, the exhibition, 7, comprises paintings by Sajeev Visweswaran, an interactive media project by Nirit Zer, photographs by Sameer Tawde, a film by Kurnal and Anand, installations by Puneet Kaushik, designs by Mrugen Rathod and sculptures by Krishna Murari.

Artist Sameer Tawade’s photographs will be exhibited at Gallery 7

Going the family way
Visweswaran, who did his Masters in printmaking from the MS University in Baroda, says his works are instant reactions executed by his nib gliding across the paper, tracing overt representations of his personal reverie and nostalgic recollections. “The journey of my art is demonstrated by the compositional order illustrating the meditative bonding between me and my grandmother, right from my student days at the Delhi College of Art.

Blindfolds with LED backlights by Mrugen Rathod

This exploration has included various directions and possibilities -- to admire and explore the female form located in my utmost vicinity, which determinably is woven around strong familial ties,” he says. Little wonder then, that his first series, Nani (grandmother), was mostly drawn around his grandmother who lived in Kerala.

The artiste’s work at 7 revisits his links with his grandmother, finding an inevitable representation in his mother, who gradually fills that void with vivid colours. The series, Tarabaug has been shaped from his stay at a place by the same name in Baroda. “Tarabaug has got a history of more than 100 years. It is said that sepoys lived in this house during the Maharaja’s rule. I was touched to be actually living at this old house. The works represent my attempt to explore the feelings of longing to be at home and paying homage to the place I call home.”

Bitter truths
Murari, on the other hand, chooses to look outside than in, and says his sculptures, titled Storyteller, will narrate bitter experiences of the underprivileged in society, who are cheated of their rights by politicians. “The shift in power benefits only a few. I hope that, through my works, I can highlight how the shift in power affects the masses,” says Murari.

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