The annual show Art NOW has become a permanent fixture in the itinerary of art lovers in the capital since the last year. It has become a magnet that draws attention of the luminaries of India’s contemporary art who participate in the event enthusiastically. In its third edition, the fervour has retained as works of creative giants like Sakti Burman, Anjolie Ela Menon, Manu Parekh, Madhavi Parekh, Arpana Caur, Paresh Maity, among others will be showcased under one roof.
The brainchild of Sunaina Anand of Art Alive Gallery, the show shines light on current art trends and focuses on styles of emerging artists. The show highlights the signature style of each artist, depicting the cultural and global influences on Indian art, thus focusing on the
current art movement. The show will document art practices of various artists every year as all the works are especially created by the artists for the show. To document the constant change in art world, Sunaina plans to bring out a pictorial volume every 5th year that will showcase all the works of artists exhibited in last 5 years. The first volume will be released in 2020.
“Artists have created fresh works and they are looking at new mediums and possibilities to showcase what all they have been experimenting in the studios and how they have moved forward with the material,” says Sunaina, adding the show has come a long way since it began in Mumbai in 2016 with a handful of artists to 2018 with an impressive attendance of 35 artists.
Along with showing the works of these artists, there will be a photography section curated by photographer Raghu Rai. There will be 3 more photographers besides Raghu. “I am unveiling this series of photographs for the first time at Art NOW. It’s my expression of self-portraiture — be it captured as an image or a shadow. For this man who I have in these photographed has followed me around since the day I was born. A constant companion, sometimes required and helpful, sometimes an unwanted guest, and sometimes just happens to be there.”
A sneak peek into what an array of artists will offer:
Pooja Iranna: My work revolves around cityscapes and the spaces that we live in. For the very first time, I have used staple pins and cement, that come together to form blocks, which is also so what we see in the city.
Jayasri Burman: My work is a representation of harmony that exists in nature. And of life that resides in different forms. This right of life is equal to all beings and must be protected at all costs. The lady in my work is representation of Shakti that is protecting the girl child. This is also my message to the world as an artist that we must take care of our girls and forms that we see as “weak” links in our set up. As women, we have to be very strong, like a tigress, and stand up for our rights.
Manu Parekh: For me Banaras holds great magic. I love to explore the different facets that lead to the build-up of its identity as city of lights — the nature’s play of light on its waters and skies; and the human driven shringar in its temples as ode to the gods.
Madhvi Parekh: My landscape brings to life the simplicity which exists in our villages. It is a representation of harmony that exists between people of different backgrounds and religions; of tolerance towards each other’s beliefs and roles in the society.
Paresh Maity: My work is a tribute to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations in the coming year. Dandi March was a historical event that was meant to send a message to the British at different levels. I have particularly been impressed by the incident. In my painting, I have used mixed media to create texture similar to salt. The installation is an extension of the visual impression left by the artwork.
Arpana Caur: ‘Day and Night’ is my favourite theme since 20 years. I had never seen anyone painting the very common phenomenon of day and night which happens every day, so I thought of this image – a yellow embroiderer weaving the thread of life, and black night cutting it. I have been painting the scissor for so many years that Satish Gujral nicknamed me ‘Kainchi’!
Baiju Parthan: My current works are referring to the pace at which digital technology is altering our perception of reality and the world we live in. My digital works are made of objects sculpted using 3D software and presented as 3D stereoscopic prints. These works try to bridge the fundamentally distinct experience of the virtual and real by creating an illusion of objects floating in non-existent space.
The third edition of Art NOW has been scheduled from September 22 to October 7 at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.