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The Unmovable Movment
08 August,2012 - 31 August,2012
Curated By: Khanjan Dalal
Artists:
Radhika Hamlai
 
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Artist Statement:

My works are an unending inquiry in deep philosophical dilemmas and complexities of human relationship. Finding the ultimate delight beyond the reach of basic sensory experiences perceived through meditation, cannot stay away from the ultimate truth. Spaces in one’s mind are hauntingly empty and at the same time alive and intricate. There are mixed feelings, a story about a relationship with the surroundings gaining little by little, peace by means of tranquility, a reason resulting from absorption of mind into the self not contemplating anything else. The sensuality dwelling in one’s mind can capture a mysterious spiritual experience through meditation.
Here in Oman I live in a matching world of beautiful nature, bright color and dramatic light, where everything affects me; and I believe that things happen as they should expressing moods, speaks of dreams and are meant to help us feel free.

Radhika.

Curatorial Note:

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.- Pablo Picasso

Untiringly innovative Radhika is a self taught artist who has arrived at a visual language that is stylistically deconstructive and child like at the same time completely profound in content. When I first met her a couple of years back in her developing stage I told myself that I need something more than this to find herself working with lemongrasshopper. Contrary to self taught artists or for that matter some trained artists whose internal search becomes secondary in difficult times and daily routines Radhika pursued her need to make art constantly. A few days ago I came across her work again and this time much to my delight I saw very different and matured work that had eliminated all the irrelevant and unnecessary elements. I told myself at once that this is possible only with people who are in constant search of answers with the self as well as with the surrounding.
We present this online exhibition of her new works which reflects a peculiar duality as well as a commitment to herself and integrity toward her practice.

Khanjan.

Note: physical preview is possible at our registered office address after taking an appointment. call on +919898034499.
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Patterns
23 October,2011 - 31 October,2011
Curated By: Prakash Vani
Artists:
Amit Ambalal,Darshan Soni,Dhun Karkaria,Jatin Bhatt,Khanjan Dalal,Rajesh Sagara,Walter D'Souza
 
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Do you ever wonder...
24 April,2011 - 08 May,2011
Curated By: Khanjan Dalal
Artists:
Vyom Mehta
 
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Do you ever wonder...
about the silence in a song
of the black beneath the white
about the grass beneath your feet
of when silences became sounds
that when you want a rainbow, you got to put up with the rain
if a conscience is what hurts, when all other parts feel good



when you started looking and stopped seeing.
when you started hearing but not really listening.

that if your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?
the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end

Do you ever...Do you ever just wonder?
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Bubbles and Scribbles
22 March,2011 - 28 March,2011
Curated By: Khanjan Dalal
Artists:
Shefali Nayan
 
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BUBBLES AND SCRIBBLES

She is daring, when it comes to using colour on canvas. She makes it move, flow, encircle, liberate, as she allows it to become transparent like water or heavy like stone and slowly her forms start emerging from one area of colour to the other. This is how one can describe Shefali Nayan’s paintings, as in all her work, her colours move with an energetic movement, often stopping to take shape and always connecting or reconnecting with the other form, as her strong lines define the subjects of her choice, like her painting - Pink Bliss and Mickey-ni-Minnie. Both are different; yet bond together with a certain amount of pleasure. If the doll-like, princess of the house, sits immersed in pink dreams, Minnie the cat curls up over her bowl of milk, assuming she is the Tiger of her territory.

These are just examples of Shefali’s method of retaining a playful quality of lighthearted humour in her paintings and one cannot help but remember that it takes a lifetime to paint like a child. And, this is, Shefali’s strength, as she has the capacity to look at her forms with child-like curiosity, yet express herself with a certain maturity, which can be seen in her paintings titled - When The Cow Did Not Fly Over The Moon and Hide ‘N Seek. The cow sits with her back to the viewer and even as she turns her head, to look at you, smiling, as you watch her sitting in a charming colour scheme of whites, grays, yellows, greens, browns and blue-blacks, through which her red horns emerge with a certain menace, as Shefali says, “My paintings happen with my urge to express and celebrate the simple but wondrous moments of life.”

Keeping this mood in mind, her triptych - Hide ‘N’ Seek - is a sublime multi-coloured painting composed with the horizontal and vertical movements of aquatic creatures painted with a controlled division of spaces in blues, yellows, greens, purples, oranges and pinks, which invite you to flow along with the current, in the company of a red sea-horse.

In almost the same context - The Crown of Trees and Alice in Flowerland, Shefali creates a green world, against the shadowy silhouettes of a distant city, where Alice sits, alone, in a luxuriant valley of flowers. In contrast to this illusionary paradise, Shefali can also create an element of the dark inner life of human beings, as seen in –Last Day-Last Show, where an aging actor appears to bid farewell under the falling curtains. Also, the painting titled - Black and White – A Silent Film, demands close scrutiny of the black king standing besides his white queen with red horns, as a white butterfly chooses to rest on the king’s shoulder and a family of black ants make a beeline for his queen. This entire series of paintings leads you towards Shefali’s Robots, where she creates a lyrical but mechanical world of machines with strong black lines and the energetic flow of her machine people, seem to say, “we also have feelings…”

While looking at this particular painting, along with her installation – Café Ying-Yang - you can see that Shefali is at the crossroads and about to embark on quite another creative journey of her own.
– Esther David
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Feminine Syntax:Personal Biographies
27 February,2011 - 27 March,2011
Curated By: Rekha Rodwittiya
Artists:
Karishma D'souza, Kim Kyoungae, Kim Seola, Lee Hayan, Malavika Rajnarayan, Sonatina Mendes
 
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Feminine Syntax : Personal Biographies is an intimate space of reflection and consideration that desires to hold dear the personal and the fragile, within an art environment that has increasingly begun to impose the demands for grand and epic proclamations.

Like the weaving of a tapestry, the many different threads that knot and come together are what finally make for a complete picture; and as lives interweave too, these spaces of communion hold exquisite value. Feminine sensibility in art is often from those territories that engage with the politics of gender and which chart a history that is crucial to contextualizing self representations.

The six artists are acutely conscious of the collective histories that that they choose to belong to and which may be viewed as the legacies of feminist discourse. Nuanced and evocative, their works imbibe oral histories of a multicultural social milieu which become the stage of greater elaboration and interventions. Shared associations, conflicts, parallel histories and cultural investigations - all wrapped in the pursuit of a visual language, have distilled to articulate passages of contemporary existence for these six women.

Kim Kyoungae, Lee Hayan and Kim Seola are from South Korea, whilst Karishma D’souza and Sonatina Mendes are from Goa; and Malavika Rajnarayan is from Bangalore- all who now currently reside in Baroda. Coming from multiple locations, Baroda becomes a site of collective journeys converging.

Rekha Rodwittiya
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