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A moving art club

Branding and graphic design firm Design Stack's affordable indie art show comes to Mumbai's blueFROG

Regardless of how many drinks you down at blueFROG’s all-night happy hours this coming Monday, you’re sure to enjoy the spectacle of moving images and trippy art on display, courtesy Art Stack. Launched in 2007 as a “bring-your-own-art" party at co-founder Anoop Patnaik’s home, the annual exhibition brings together unconventional wares by a small bunch of graphic designers, design school graduates, product designers, photographers, studio potters and multimedia artists.

While the subsequent editions of Art Stack took place at graphic design and branding agency Design Stack’s quaint studio in Versova, Mumbai, Patnaik and his partner Priyanka Bhasin have decided to move the show to the Lower Parel live music venue on blueFROG director Srila Chatterjee’s advice. In an attempt to showcase cutting-edge design, Chatterjee kicked off a series of pop-up shops last October.

Like Patnaik and Bhasin, nearly all the 14 designers that make up this year’s roster are National Institute of Design graduates. They include ceramic artist Shirley Bhatnagar, who will showcase illustrated wall art from her Stories in Clay collection based on French cult films 400 Blows and Breathless. Also on display will be Patnaik’s Varanasi-inspired, limited-edition prints on archival paper and lamps crafted out of recycled plastic bags by mixed-media artist Ratna Gupta. Delhi’s Rishidev R.K. will present quirky and bright-hued pop-art portraits. Toronto-based Prashant Miranda, who had delightful watercolour paintings of old Bandra bungalows in the 2011 edition, will return with a surprise set this time. Look out for Bhasin’s nostalgia-themed holographic digital prints and Ruchi Bakshi’s optical illusion-like lenticular art prints.

Art Stack, 11 March, 6pm-1am, at blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Prices start at 1,000.

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