Yatra, Gallery Art and Soul, Mumbai
Jaipur-based artist Ankit Patel’s 25 bronze sculptures and 15 drawings fuse his early influences from his native village Motavaracha with his unique artistic sensibility, and draw inspiration from many of the typical village characters. “These are the people I remember from my childhood—the tailor, the paan-seller, the bhains charanewala (buffalo herder), the natak karnewala (village theatre persons), among others,” says the artist. Some of these characters find themself materialized in the sculptures (for instance, that of Dhirubhai in Dhirubhai: The World Magnified, the only guy who could read or write in the village, since he had a BSc degree), and others in the drawings (for instance, his aunt Moti Baa in Moti Baa)
In many of his works, the wheel is found as a recurrent motif, symbolizing variously life, an oracle to look into the world or an instrument of change (and yet retaining its unchangeable dimensions).
The works will be on display till 7 February 2008. The sculptures are priced between Rs2.40 lakhs to Rs3.30 lakhs, while the drawings are start at Rs75,000
Reconcialition & Truth, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
Tushar Joag’s latest paintings, sculptures, videos and installations are in many ways an allegory for destruction. The series titled Englightenment features Buddha (in various states of ‘limblessness’) of in a characteristic meditative pose in different backgrounds and settings. “These may be in one way taken to be implying the decimation of society by the imperialist and fundamental forces,” says the artist. The artists has been influenced by events on the global political scene like the destruction of Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, 9/11, and American invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The works will be on display till 31 January 2008. The paintings start at Rs1 lakh and the sculptures at Rs5 lakhs.
General Sweetie (Polly, Revolution, SOUTH Cookie), Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
German painter, sculptor, performance artist and installation artist Jonathan Meese has made a name for himself on the European art scene by his bold work exploring kitsch and taboo, and his proclamations in favour of the “dictatorship of art” devoid of the human element. This is Meese’s first exhibition in India, and features 34 works including oils on canvas, acrylics on paper and nickel sculptures.
“His work is dynamic and expressive, and we hope it will pave the way for more top international artists to come to India,” says Ranjana Steinruecke, owner of the gallery. Her gallery plans to bring other major international artists like Norbert Bisky, Polly Apfelbaum and Xu Bing to India soon.
The solo exhibition will be up on display till 22 February 2008. These paintings are priced at Rs3.20 lakhs and the sculptures at Rs7 lakhs.