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ARTSOME Exhibition

"Spring 2014" a group exhibition of paintings by 21 women artists runs through May 10 at Pearl Art Gallery

"Spring 2014" a group exhibition of paintings,prints and sculptures by 21 very talented women artist from different parts of India. All 21 women artists of this show have moved beyond oil on canvas and acrylic ambit and used unorthodox mediums such as gold leaf, plastic waste, tie and dye with embroidery among others, to message their concerns and illuminate the world of pictorial art with insightful inputs.

The stylized feminine forms of VarshaKharatmal's women, in vivid colours and elaborate ornamentation, celebrate the joys of femininity, while the evocative self-portraits of Swapnil Srivastava, emphasise the intensity of today's woman as a narrative in muted tones, and defined spaces, without being dark and oppressive. Motherly concerns, embodied through the Kaushalya-Rama form, is given resurgence in the colourful concepts of artist Neeta Singh, and the protective tendencies of women, are imaginatively cocooned in the depictions of BalwinderTanwar, who articulates her idea through a pair of symbolic hands. The graphic precision of Shruti Jain's expressions incorporate spruce looks with intelligent composition whereas the deceptively simple mythical take on the Devi, as womanly strength behind the Purush concept, acquires a sophisticated aesthetic with Ritu Chopra.

Fantasy and art being handmaids of the same Muse, find adequate coverage through the works of MinalRajurkarShinde, whose feline-canine-faced beings tellingly blur boundaries. Fertility finds adequate representation in the sheaf-like cluster of NandiniPantawane, synchronising nature and woman artistically. At one level starkly human and at another mythical, the etchings of TejaswiniSonawane have an allegorical content expressed through otherworldly creatures and dominating postures.

Compositional cohesiveness in SeemaGondane's etchings have a powerful collectivism with the charming mesh of the whole uniting into an epistle of close bonding. When imaginations stretch beyond sheer roundedness, then works such as RashmiBawankar's come to the fore, with a mythical presence hovering above cityscapes, in a realm away from the grip of daily living.

As art is best understood when it is interpretative, the abstract content of RashmiKachewar's work, startles our imaginations by their concentrated mass of form and empty spaces. The angular sharpness within a watery backdrop of subtle colour tones, appears to vibe with her viewers. Deep penetrating quality perpetrates the abstract takes of SmitaKinkale who uses solid forms like rubble and seeds to colour a distinct parallel geometry. Another study in compactness, from AshviniJadhav, has patience, serenity and abstractions garners into a fluid mass. Viewing the colourful compositions of Dr.Jasminder Kaur in cocooned centric spaces, speaks of energies contained in a boundary, offset with a smart colour palette. Wave-like repetition of the floral motif in the work of Dr.Chitralekha Singh, celebrate the rhythm of life through a unique form. The tranquility of water is explored by Shyamali Paul who uplifts her lotus form from the quagmire into a jewel effect.

Quite often, using traditional formats in the language of modern art can be a tall order, but AlkaBrushundi's new approach to Tanjore art, embellishes its characteristics through unique placements, and related subtleties. Similarly RakhiSalunke has given Warli paintings a new makeover with deceptively simplistic line work and an in-depth feel, impossible to overlook.

The ultimate fabric of womanliness carried to an all-encompassing level makes this show a transversal from earthiness to sublimity.

The exhibition runs through May 10, 2014.
Venue:Pearl Art Gallery
Address:185/k/3 basement, New Friends Colony, New Delhi-110025
Opening Hours:11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Nearest Transport:Bharat Nagar Crossing Bus Stop and Nehru Place Metro Station

ARTSOME

April 2014