25 May 2015

Art News: Presentation on "The art market and the Bangalore visual art scene"

"The art market and the Bangalore visual art scene" at BIC on Thursday, 28th May, 2015 at 6.30 PM.

Bangalore International Centre
(A TERI Initiative)
cordially invites you to a Presentation on
The art market and the
Bangalore visual art scene
Nalini Malaviya
Well-known Art Consultant, Writer and Blogger
Thursday, 28th May, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Tea will be served at 6.00 pm

Bangalore International Centre
Phone: 98865 99675
Venue details
Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071
About the Presentation
An orientation to the visual arts scene in our city, the presentation will provide an overview of the art market in the Indian context with a look at gallery functioning and some of the factors involved in pricing of art. It will include tips on buying art, and on displaying artworks and maintaining them to prevent damage. The art market will be explored further through the art scene in Bangalore, and will look at some of the public and private spaces in the city that one could visit to view art exhibitions, learn about art and buy art. The session will conclude with a brief mention of select Bangalore based artists, who have made significant contributions through their work.

About Nalini Malaviya
Nalini Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, writer and blogger. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Bangalore Mirror. Nalini writes primarily on visual arts, but has also written on health and lifestyle. She has contributed to Times of India, Femina and several other publications including art magazines and catalogs. Some of her prefatory essays for art catalogs are 'Irreverent Gene', curated for Crimson Art Gallery, 'Feeling Absence' a photography show by Shibu Arakkal, ‘Icons in our Midst’ a group show at Artspeaks India, New Delhi, ‘Sounds, Resonance and Imagery’ on musical drawings by Suresh Nair, and several of Yusuf Arakkal's catalogs and books.
An occasional fiction writer, Nalini has published short stories as part of anthologies, such as, The Shrinking Woman, The Curse of the Bird and Bhelpuri. She publishes www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, events and articles. The website functions as an artist resource and also promotes artists. Currently, she is working on creating an eBook from her published articles.

14 May 2015

Art News: Indian Art Week in London is back

Indian Art Week in London is back

After last year's success, the Indian Art Week is back with a series of exclusive events, to take place between the 6th and 13th of June, 2015

Student art, Indian Art Week in London is back, Art Scene IndiaThe UK-based public charity Arts For India, continues its effort to raise awareness about Indian Arts and provide underprivileged yet exceptionally talented art students with a unique opportunity to study at the IIFA Institute of Fine Art in Modinagar, India by hosting the second edition of Indian Art Week in London. The much anticipated week will bring together auction houses, museums, art dealers, galleries, hotels, and private collectors in London during the 6th and 13th of June 2015.
Among this year's highlights attendees can expect:

· Debut exhibition of new artworks by sponsored student Prashant Jha

·  Open Galleries, art exhibitions and Indian Art auction at Christie’s

· Showcase of Stellar International Art Foundation’s collection of MF Husain: The Journey of a Legend.

· “An evening with the artists” & live auction hosted by Farokh Engineer

· NH10 Bollywood film premiere, presented by Eros International

· Awards Gala, giving awards to the leading successes in Art, Fashion, and Cinema
Student art, Indian Art Week in London is back, Art Scene India
It is an event to celebrate Indian Arts while offering stellar upcoming artists the opportunity to showcase their work.

This year’s announced participants and sponsors count the prestigious Christie's, The V&A, Grosvenor Gallery, Francesca Galloway, Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd, Albermale Gallery, Blain Southern, Debut Contemporary, Stellar International Foundation, Eros Now, St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, The Mayfair Hotel, Knight Frank, The Nth Degree Club, Da Travel and Click Convert Sell.

The 2015 Indian Week will close with an awards-giving gala at The Mayfair Hotel, presented by Sofia Hayat, who has reserved some surprises for the night and will award nominees for success in Art, Fashion, and Cinema categories, among whom are (1) Sabyasachi Mukherjee, famous Indian fashion designer, (2) Oriano Galloni, who got into the headlines with his sculptures (Silent Soul) made with Indian wood and Italian marbles for our event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and (3) Ashok Amritraj, renowned award-winning film producer and CEO and chairman of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group.

“The Indian Art Week is far more than a typical art event. It is a significant doorstep that allows people to know more about Indian Arts and its significant contribution to the world of fine arts, and  artists deserving a chance to use their talent and amaze the world with their artworks and we are very excited to bring this buzz to London at the beginning of the Summer”, says Erica Emm, Indian Art Week producer.

- Excerpts from the press release

7 Apr 2015

Art in Interiors: Art on Rugs and Tapestries

Historically, expensive textiles have been symbolic of wealth, status and power. Plush carpets and rugs have been used for many centuries as a sign of prosperity, and having one underfoot was considered a luxury which not many had. In paintings too, especially portraits it was common to see expensive rugs as an integral part of the setting. For instance, sixteenth century portraits of wealthy patrons often used carpets to indicate their sophisticated status and their standing in society.

Yellow Oriental carpet in Hans Memling altarpiece of 1488–1490. The "hooked" motif defines a "Memling carpet". Louvre Museum, Source Wikimedia, Art Scene India
Yellow Oriental carpet in Hans Memling altarpiece of 1488–1490. The "hooked" motif defines a "Memling carpet". Louvre Museum, Source Wikimedia

There are numerous varieties of carpets and rugs which are in demand for their textures, patterns and colours, based on the place of their origin, weave, quality of materials used and age. Antique carpets and rugs can be very expensive and are highly coveted. On the other hand, unusual carpets, rugs and tapestries with paintings and designs by fine artists also add an unusual element to home décor and these are also preferred and much sought after by art connoisseurs.

A Navajo rug made circa 1880, source wikimedia, Art Scene India
A Navajo rug made circa 1880
Pop art, abstracts, mythological subjects and contemporary paintings are popular as textile art - paintings by fine artists are also transferred or woven into rugs. Artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein’s art is widely depicted on rugs, where their well-known works are shown. Their bright colours, geometric motifs and patterns, images from popular culture make them trendy accessories that can transform any space. Handmade carpets and rugs are the ones which are more desired as compared to machine made ones. Therefore, when buying rugs designed by fine artists, it is advisable to look for ones that are handmade and ethically produced.

Similarly, tapestries are created by artists – these may have an entirely new series of paintings on them or have an earlier painting woven. It requires an exceptional skill to produce tapestries in order to match the original design and colours. In fact, if you like a particular painting, you can always have it woven into a tapestry by a skilled craftsman. A tapestry should be displayed on the wall to emphasize the colours, design and texture to its advantage.

Although it is more common to have a rug on the floor, there are times when you may want it displayed on the wall instead. This could be because of its size, rarity, vintage value and price. When displaying it on the wall, it is important to highlight it yet take adequate care to ensure no nails or adhesives are used.
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12 Feb 2015

Musical Drawings by Suresh K. Nair

The transcendental effects of music and its import on one’s state of consciousness has had an invaluable impact on Suresh K. Nair’s art practice


Sounds, Resonance and Imagery

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
     -  Paul Klee. 

Musical Drawings by Suresh K. Nair, Catalog text by Nalini S Malaviya, Bangalore, Art Scene IndiaTrans-disciplinary and cross-cultural amalgamative explorations have the capacity to generate novel sensory and synesthetic experiences, and may heighten spiritual cognizance during the process. Artists have been experimenting with fusing various disciplines to create synthetic engagements that dissolve boundaries of music, literature, and visual and performing arts.

In a similar vein, visualizing and documenting sound through imagery offers exhilarating possibilities and encounters that are multi-sensory. Suresh K. Nair documents sound, primarily music - vocal and instrumental - to translate it into abstracted patterns in his line drawings that modulate in synchronization with incoming audible frequencies. The linear drawings in monochrome are rendered in real time and space at music concerts as an emotive and natural response to auditory signals. Tracing patterns that change form with the intonations and variations of the rhythm and beat of the music, these at first instance appear to be graphical contours of abstract thoughts. Linear expressions in 'form space'.

The drawings represent repetitive patterns in linear and predominantly parallel strokes in a flow of movement that echoes the musical rhythm and notes - as if creating a choreographed symphony. Emphatic strokes of embellishments at intervals coincide with the percussive rhythms of the musical composition. The fluidity of lines allows space and form to emerge in an apparent randomness, yet an inherent order materializes discreetly. Nair subconsciously converts sound waves into patterns of lyrical abstraction in a state, which is best described as transcendental, and the process for him assumes a spiritual connotation.

Multiple modalities explore visual representations of sound, for instance, Cymatics traces sound waves based on the generated frequency and vibration, whereas synesthetes employ colour and other codes to represent auditory signals. The former is an excellent example where the combination of art and technology creates an innovative aesthetic experience. Neurological synesthesia implies perceiving and sensing audible sounds and music in multiple tangible forms. Abstract artists, some of them synesthetes have often expressed music in their art - visualizing colours when playing or listening to music, and demonstrating it non-representationally. Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Robert Delaunay are some of the artists to perceive analogies between music and the visual arts.

Musical Drawings by Suresh K. Nair, Catalog text by Nalini S Malaviya, Bangalore, Art Scene IndiaNair has been exploring a synergistic engagement between faculties and disciplines by drawing in response to music and by allowing the process to unfold naturally and non-deliberately. The meditative state induced by sound vibrations allows him to process the audible signals at an intuitive level and respond spontaneously. In his earlier attempts, in Kerala, Nair was involved in documenting moving forms and performances such as Kathakali, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Krishnanattam into visible images. This practice has aided him in documenting music in a visual format. In Varanasi, the sights and sounds, the vibrations inherent in this ancient and culturally resplendent site, provide a conducive atmosphere to facilitate such experiments in sound and imagery.

Nair’s initial drawings were based on calligraphy and simple forms, which later evolved into more complex patterns occupying larger pictorial surfaces and involving intricate features and elements from traditional murals. The dimension of his images has magnified to accommodate the expansiveness in form, space and his reflexive capacity.

The interpretive drawings created by Nair at live musical performances, gently shifts his role from a spectator
Musical Drawings by Suresh K. Nair, Catalog text by Nalini S Malaviya, Bangalore, Art Scene India and audience to part participant or collaborator. In this context, the drawings are perhaps artifacts of a cultural performance and form a creative collection comprising non-digital documents. The performative role of the artist here, and whether the documentation - drawings in this case can be termed variable media art makes for an intriguing premise.

The transformative and healing power of music has been extensively explored scientifically. Neurological alterations in specific parts of the brain have been demonstrated in several studies, which have clearly indicated neuroplasticity, remapping and regeneration in the brain. Interestingly, visual arts and music share similarities in terms of their therapeutic benefits and are often deployed as adjuvants to mainstream modalities of treatment and ‘arts therapies could become a valuable treating measure within a multidisciplinary bio-psycho-social approach’, according to a study using arts therapies in psycho-oncology.

Jon Lieff, psychiatrist with a specialty in neuropsychiatry explains how melody, harmony, timbre, rhythm and lyrics are perceived as movement, as meaning, and as emotion in the brain. He believes that the unique power of music to harness nature, culture and mind plays out in the interaction of music and the brain. Music unquestionably has far-reaching benefits, some of which may not be discernable immediately or in the initial stages. Secondary responses include an involuntary tendency to move along with the music as a result of the stimulation of neurons in the cortex. This may explain the patterns generated in the drawings based on the ‘type’ of music. Similarly, an engaged listener may visualize specific images in response to the music; enhanced spatial intelligence is often an outcome that is discernable in visualizing and articulating design and architectural concepts.

Nair has practiced and refined his image making process through several years of riyaaz occurring over thousands of drawings. He has literally created hundreds of drawings at each live event. Acting as a conduit, Nair allows the natural rhythm of his mind, body and soul to be in resonance with the sound vibrations, and create a state of harmony. His vocabulary remains primarily abstract, a subliminal fluid effort, which is immediate and spontaneous. The sensitization to classical music occurring over an extended period of time has brought about remarkable changes in Nair's art practice. His conceptualization and visualization skills especially with regard to spatial scale have seen a perceptible shift. His ability to envision large murals in extraordinary detail is a distinct outcome of sustained exposure to music.

Select drawings from Nair’s collection converted into gold leaf prints give a textural and tactile quality to the line drawings. The gold embellishments add an esoteric component to the artworks and perfectly complement the classical music on which the original drawings are based. The technique borrows from a traditional art form and effectively blends the historical and the contemporary.

The transcendental effects of music and its import on one’s state of consciousness has had an invaluable impact on Nair’s art practice and enriched his life as a whole. The holy city of Varanasi has offered him the perfect opportunity to experience the mystique and sublime through the alchemy of music and visual arts*.

1. Documentation of Live Performance and Variable Media Artworks http://www.dynamicmediainstitute.org/projects/documentation-live-performance-and-variable-media-artworks
2. Using arts therapies in psycho-oncology: evaluation of an exploratory study implemented in an out-patient setting http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23808110
3. http://jonlieffmd.com/blog/music-and-the-brain

*Catalog text 'Sounds, Resonance and Imagery' by Nalini S Malaviya, Bangalore, January, 2015

30 Jan 2015

Art News: Perfect Imperfections by Vivek Mathew

‘Perfect Imperfections’ – photographs that celebrate imperfect beauty

Art News: Perfect Imperfections by Vivek Mathew, Bangalore, Art Scene IndiaIn his fourth solo exhibition, Vivek Mathew, with his keen eye for detail and intent appreciation towards design, brings together a series of 26 eye-capturing photographs based on patterns. With over four years of subconscious photography across several locations, Vivek has now devotedly captured man-made and naturally formed symmetry, focusing on the stark differences and similarities between them. Travelling around Bheemeshwari, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Colombo, Beijing, Nilgris, Delhi and Mumbai, he has observed patterns of both kinds, which makes this world so essentially perfect and beautiful.
Art News: Perfect Imperfections by Vivek Mathew, Bangalore, Art Scene India
Pictures from his travels have culminated into ‘Perfect Imperfections’ – a series that celebrates imperfect beauty, in the perfect flow of sight. There are patterns everywhere. There is a tendency of patterns around us, whether man made or natural. These patterns come together to form intricate designs, that are awe-inspiring and captivating. While mud pots foil the stack of tender coconuts, proportionate pipes come as no competition to the scarred barks of trees. But of course, there is more – leaves and its shadows in perfect balance, the ripples in water that spread in even tune and the evenness of tea plantations. Man on the other hand, has created much symmetry in a bunch of ropes stacked in line, similarly designed stair railings, windows and window shades, coming together in noticeable rhythm. Capturing moments of such outlined design, Vivek introduces the idea of symmetry in life that we all tend to be a part of.

‘Perfect Imperfections’ by photographer Vivek Mathew at the ‘Art of Delight’, Bangalore, from 1st-28th Feb, 2015.
*Excerpt from press release

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