A prolific artist, Abir Karmakar has had an exhibition almost every year since his debut solo eight years ago. His latest series Room, Interrupted in Passage was mounted at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, from the 5th of December 2012 to the 10th of January 2013, showcases the best of his creations.
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Summoning the ardour of a collector and a collagist, Yamini Nayar assembles irregular worlds out of the random debris of everyday life on table-tops in her Brooklyn studio: paper strips, glass shards, wooden panels, segments of thread and lengths of wire lying around in alleyways and street corners.
Although sculptor Tony Feher was always creative, tinkering with objects in his bedroom as a kid and contriving zany flower arrangements under his mother’s curious watch, his junior-high and high-school art classes didn’t go very well. “I can guarantee that those two instructors did not see any hope in me whatsoever,” he says.
Missouri based installation artist Kendra Werst creates three dimensional site specific installations using colourful threads affixed to adjacent walls. The corners then come alive with colourful abstractions in the room. these 9 feet structures are a geometrical treat for the viewer. The unique structures hence created symbolize relationships and symbiosis in human interactions.
Baroda based, artist Kanika Shah builds a universe for herself, relating and reacting to it in her own way, emphasizing her being part of it and out of it, simultaneously. The interactions between her inner and outer worlds produce some strong expressions in her wood cut prints and other works in various mediums.
Los Angeles based artist Pae White spins yarns to create large scale installations which address the issues of her insomnia, sleeplessness and consequent reflection on the transience of existence. The criss-crossing yarns spell out words which can be read from particular angles by the viewer’s movement, appearing and dissolving as the negotiations happen.
The art of Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi, is unique and mesmerizing. Nakanishi’s ‘Layered Drawing’ series consists of varied environments turned into installations. Each mounted frame placed at specific distance has an inkjet printed photograph on plexiglass, together presenting a multidimensional view of time and space. The gaps between the mounts are places for viewer interactions
Chennai-based French photographer Pascal Reynaud has clicked with Chennai, its people, places and all things beautiful. This French, graphic designer-turned-photographer got his first break when he took some pictures for the Hilton Hotel in Chennai. Having changed a career from designing to photography and being successful is an inspiring journey.
Widely regarded as China’s foremost painter of contemporary art Zao Wou-ki passed away on April 9, at the age of 93. His paintings uniquely combined the often disparate cultures and aesthetic visions of China and France- two different continents. Zao worked hard to find his artistic voice and distanced from stereotypes
Miami based artist, Peter Patrick Barreda, believes in the power of the Mandala. A geometrical design initially used by Tibetan monks to improve concentration and focus. Barreda uses these principles and creates exquisite, intricate designs on paper using inks and pencils. Mandalas hold spiritual symbolism in Hindu and Buddhist religions.