Art Bengaluru is one of India’s leading festivals of the arts. Over the last 8 editions, it has raised appreciation and awareness of the arts in all its forms –– from painting, sculpture, installations and photography, to music, dance and other performing art forms.
From showcasing established global and local artists, to serving as a platform for emerging artists and galleries from around the world, Art Bengaluru has always inspired. And this year, it has upped the ante. The Art Festival brings together a mélange of reputed artists and their works from across the world in an effort to increase art appreciation in the city and encourage fresh thinking. Art Bengaluru, South India’s only Contemporary Art Festival takes place each year at Bangalore’s favorite destination – UB City, which is centrally located in the business district of the city.
Here are some of the exhibiting artists.
Afra Khan is an ardent student of the Kabbalistic philosophy; she finds the rigid notions of conformity, belonging and identity very archaic ideas in the context of planetary futurism that is reflected in the ‘Neptunic’ atmosphere of her visual work. She is an electronic music producer, DJ and visual artist engaging primarily in photography and video with a passion for digitally manipulated art.
Anil Ijeri has amalgamated painting and printmaking. Finding his own world in printmaking, he has turned it into a technique for painting. Through it, he plans to one day find his answers about his world.
Anni Kumari explores the poetry and the paradox of contemporary realities- complexities of relationships, identities, and cultures through precise geometrical forms.
Through her practice, she makes queries about the understanding of shape, dimensions, movement and time in the context of experiential observations made in different geographical locations. Anni also consciously questions whether her visual vocabulary of precise lines, grids and points is outside the framework of ‘female aesthetics’. In that sense, she identifies herself as a ‘women artist’ whose works border between the purely functional and the intellectual.
Chandrahas Y Jalihal
Chandrahas Jalihal has been a keen observer of nature and his surroundings. His works are manifestations of his imaginations inspired by his observations. Each of his work is a story that leads into the other. His works are self -representative and take shape from the structural space that the artist witnesses on a daily basis.
Daan Oude Elferink
Daan Oude Elfernik, offers a glimpse of the beautiful yet forbidden world of decay as he sees it. He has always been drawn to adventure. Even as a kid he loved to bypass the no-entry signs and played in old abandoned factories. Not knowing that many years later he would be taking pictures of them. It all started, when in 2008, he stood eye to eye with a beautiful staircase in and abandoned Belgium fortress. He completely fell in love with the beauty of decay. A self-taught Dutch photographer, Daan travels around the world to explore and capture the beauty of the forbidden, decayed and abandoned places. The places he visits are not open for the public as danger lurks around these buildings. He unearths a world which otherwise would have gone unnoticed.
Haribaabu Naatesan testifies the Law of Conservation of Mass through his works. “Matter and energy is neither created nor destroyed, it can just change in form”. His works are an artistic recycling. Encompassing what is generally banal and of reduced utility-The Scrap, his installations re-instil purpose into these out-lived objects. The purpose is to question one’s action and its consequences.
Hariraam V explores the complex matters of the universe through his simple geometric shapes. He connects the human body, mind, memory and the universe. The universe according to him encompasses the memories of the human mind to bring together what may be called ‘Memory of the Universe’.
Harsh Nowlakha is a process-based artist who has a keen sensitivity towards materials and their innate qualities. In his studio practice, he explores a variety of traditional materials and techniques such as textile weaving, ceramics, and glass making.
Harshit Agrawal uses A.I, drones, sensors, augmented reality technologies, creating both extreme and alternate narratives, providing a platform for the audience to explicitly engage and converse with these, than being implicitly steered by them. Harshit is an artificial intelligence (A.I) and new media artist. Through his practice, he explores what he calls the ‘human- machine creativity continuum’- the melding of human and machine creative agency. He uses machines and algorithms and often creates them as an essential part of his art process, becoming the Cyborg Artist.
Jordan Sitzer, works to create contemporary sculptures, pursuing and investigating the aesthetics of nature, often looking to the ocean for inspiration. Raised in Southern California in the Santa Monica Mountains, Jordan is now an artist and maker living in Bangalore, India. Being outside his homeland-California, the land’s scenery, its mountains, its oceans, and its deserts fill him with happiness and gratitude. In 2017 he embarked on a journey to find Glasshouse Bangalore by JaH Studios. It is a collaboration between Jordan Sitzer and Harsh Nowlakha. They have built the glassblowing studio in Bangalore, India. With an interest in traditional practices they look at the techniques of ancient times and incorporate these fundamental processes into their own contemporary experiences. In an age where so many aspects of life have become industrialized and machine made, the unique hand-made object inspires conservation and sustainability as it is well made and imbued with the purity and intention of the maker who has created this object through dedication and experience. By creating meaningful objects they seek to inspire the viewer to enter into a conversation with the importance of well-made finely crafted objects that also help to support the skilled artist or craftsperson. Through this they are creating a community of collectors and makers who help to support each other in this symbiotic relationship, breaking away from the industrialized marketplace and localizing the experience from the hands of the artisan directly to the viewer.
Pierre Poulain has a sentimental connect with his first reflex camera that he purchased in 1976. He says it will always be special to him because “Some love relationships last forever”.
Pierre began his adventure in photography at the age of 20, in 1976, in France. At that time he practiced street photography during the day, and worked as an assistant to a publicity photographer during the week-ends and as a taxi driver during the night, in order to make a living. Four years later, he had to make a choice between Photography and Philosophy and he decided to change his priorities. He never stopped “shooting” with a camera, but during the next 29 years he practiced photography more like a “serious amateur” than like a professional. In 1986 he relocated to Tel-Aviv, Israel, where he founded the local branch of the New Acropolis school of Philosophy. Since the technical aspect of photography has changed during the last 20 years, mainly from an argentic based technology to a digital technology, Pierre decided to return to the classroom, and graduated from the Studio Gavra School of Photography, the first school of photography in Israel. In recent years he decided to try combining these two major aspects of his life: Photography and Philosophy.
Pradeep Kumar D M
Pradeep Kumar, born in a village, now paints with an eye of a city dweller. He uses objects that have never come to the notice of a city-dweller as he is always masked by the pomp and show of city life. Through his works, Pradeep excavates the lost traditions, cultures and brings them to life.
R M Palaniappan
RM Palniappan believes that no matter where one stands on the line; it is the processes of extending the line by understanding the same in all respect by the total awareness of, in and out of the line that one has created- the breath, the life and the body. Through these lines one searches a space to experience the unknown.
Rekha Krishnamurthy brings out a very simple yet profound idea of inclination towards something. In specific terms, she explores ‘Tendency’ of a living being towards a particular characteristic. In her present works, very innovatively she brings out the tendency to think and feel negative. It is a tendency which dawns upon her when she returns from a travel journey. As she explores various tendencies, behavioural patterns and how minutely they affect one, her works get into an intimate introspective conversation with the audience.
Sruthi S Kumar
Shruthi Kumar beautifully brings to life nature on her canvas. Her paintings are inspired by temporary forms and shapes nature holds within it. She has completed BFA Painting from Raja Ravi Varama College of Fine Arts, Mavelikara and MFA Painting, RLV College of Music And Fine Arts, Tripunithura
Venugopala H S
Venugopal H.S. explores intricacies of nature in his works. Trees are the subject of his paintings and drawings through which he uncovers several aspects of life.
Vijith Pillai uses his own photographs and other references which take new form through the use of textures, filters, patterns and sophisticated digital techniques with acrylic paint on canvas in the genre of ‘Mixed Media Art“ in exclusive or limited edition canvases. The works on display are inspired by classical Indian, Mughal art and architecture. Through a contemporary touch of digital media, the artist explores the world of the past.
“Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves, and to explore what is possible.”- MaryAnn F. Kohl
Alayna Zaid, a twelve year old enjoys colouring outside the lines. An emerging artist, Alayna chose the language of Visual Arts and in particular, painting as she finds it calming and fun. Like every child, she likes to experiment and with these experiments are born masterpieces.
Alayna prefers to use bright colours to paint her untold emotions and feelings. Each of her works is a beautiful portrayal of her imagination. Though her paintings are reflections of a growing up mind, each work displays a high degree of thought and involvement. This little girl moves beyond the realm of figurative depictions and prefers painting her ideas as abstract forms. Alayna is presently learning how to paint with oil colours and has also started experimenting and working with resin. Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist.” Alayna will grow everyday as an artist with her free spirit and ability to make her audience see a beautiful world within her.
Rupak Munje was born with autism and has come a long way despite struggling in every aspect of life. Being non-verbal, he has chosen the perfect language for communication, the language of art. He is now flourishing into a professional artist and weaver of stories his eyes experience. He started his training under American Art Therapist, Melissa Enderle and since then has been mentored by his father Rajendra Munje. Today he is known as an ‘Unusual Abstract Artist’ with 170 paintings and 36 shows across India to his credit. His paintings have also been appreciated on social media across the world, including art lovers from India, America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and other parts of the world. Rupak’s transformation journey from Autistic to Artistic, unfolding his Infinite Autistic Mysteries to all of us through his canvas is an extraordinary achievement. He is an inspiration for everyone around the world.
Sanjna Srikanth is a young artist, diagnosed with Autism, known for her spontaneous art expressions of pure, brilliant colors and simple, abstract forms. Sanjna is extremely creative and uses mediums such as water colour, charcoal, dry pastel, oil pastel, pen, ink and acrylic paints with equal élan. Over the years, her work has evolved in terms of boldness of the lines she uses, compositions and force of dynamism in her artistic manifestations. Born in Boston, USA, Sanjna is currently pursuing an International Fine arts program.
Shoeb Dastagir gets his inspiration from nature and the profound silence of creation. His art depicts dream like sequences that leave the viewer both intrigued and spellbound at the same time. He takes inspiration from the art of Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, Ganesh Pyne and Gaugin. He uses different mediums like oils, acrylics, pastels, animation and mixed media sculptures to express himself. A student of Chitrakala Parishath, Shoeb was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in 2006. However, his diagnosis didn’t serve as an impediment; instead his art became a true manifestation of a uniquely fertile and creative mind.
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