Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Sajad Malik, has done his BFA from the
Unlike most of us Sajad was not new to
For the Residency too, Sajad is working on a short animation. His works can be viewed on his website: www.kashmirblackandwhite.com
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Neha Thakar has done her MFA in Painting from the MSU Baroda. Neha’s core concern is that of understanding a ‘particular process of transformation’, that is a shift, a move, from existence to non-existence; such that the form becomes or gets a status of a language. In videos like Process, Delivered, Neha employed ice, and made sculptures of it, and captured the way they changed their form. Such that the documentation of this entire process became the final art work, as there was no evidence / remains of the original physical works she undertook.
Further Neha likes to plays with the contrast between the tangible and the intangible (in her works - objects catering to ones senses like – different fragrances / odours). She prefers to takes a minimal approach while executing her works, be it her sculptures or her drawings.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
One of the strongest assets of Bhavin Mistry is his drawing. In his earlier works Bhavin was interested in capturing – textures, their formations and multiple visual possibilities presented by them. To him these works held an intuitive aspect which he wanted to explore.
Untitled, Paper work
A metaphysical aspect runs deep in Bhavin’s current works – a single point perspective, bare eerie landscapes, solid architectural forms. His interest in mechanics made him work on objects which have a ubiquitous presence. With these he creates, what he calls hybrid form; most of which are granted a super-normal or alien status (which invariably hint at a surrogate human presence). All of which contribute to give an uncanny feeling, and at times, a feeling of intense claustrophobia.
Untitled, Paper work
Bhavin does not intend to break away from his conceptual structure – which is rooted in the addressing the idea of basic survival / necessities and claustrophobia. He claims that
Current ongoing work at the Residency
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Agat Sharma, Masters from NIFT,
His works like, Fear and Fashion, and his project titled – Metro and its Panoptic Modernity, mediate in public spaces, to explore how various systems function, for instance a signage system, a presence of which nearly installs the feeling of fear within the commuters. The idea of a city has played a major role in the conceptualization of his works. Technology – its change and its implications finds an important place in his works. He observes and analyzes the changes a city undergoes and its obvious ripple effect over various faculties including its inhabitants. For the residency, Agat intends to take a look at the idea of consumerism and human sentiments, and a vicious circle in which the city and its inhabitants invariably get caught.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I had introduced the members in the group earlier through their absence, and now I feel its time to introduce their works. This can act as a precursor to their current works at Khoj.
In his landscapes, Patra uses various electronic parts to construct a city. Further provides an aerial view, and renders a nearly abstract form to the scape and extricates it from a particular context. For the residency,
Thursday, May 27, 2010
It’s already been 15 days that we all have been shuttling between the guest house and the studios. The first few days flew by as we were getting habituated to the weather and the space. Later, ideas were brewing in our minds about our work and yet the city provided a lot to attract us; and so we spent meandering through the intestines of
Jagannath Panda's Studio
All of us in our Respective Cozy Zones (Agat is missing)
Ravi and his electronic waste
(In continuation to the series I began earlier of introducing the members as and when they went missing. This one was clicked at Manisha Parekh's studio, where Bhavin, Neha and me were absent. Reason, we were simply busy reading a few catalogus)
Bhavin Mistry, Masters in Painting, M.S.U., Baroda. Bhavin shifted in his studio with most of his paraphernalia, including his sleeping bag. This act of Bhavin is just a precursor to what his final work is going to be.
Neha Thakar, Masters in Painting, M.S.U., Baroda. Neha likes to shuttle between her work and her reading, and so at any given time, she will have a few books with her.
And finally that is me, Vrushali Dhage, Masters in Art History and Criticism, M.S.U. Baroda.What do I write about myself? As I have to write about others.