Do you consider painting art or investment? Whichever it is, for 5 days, Daira looks very rich!
Daira - Centre for Art and Culture is organising a group exhibition of paintings called Fotogiraphy, from 9th to 14th October, at its gallery premises.
The exhibition will portray the application of photography in the medium of fine painting and drawing. Perceived as a fine art, photography has its own status in the category of plastic arts. But when contemporary artists execute photo imagery on canvas or paper, the purpose of photorealism takes on a new dimension altogether. While making distinct individual statements, each artist is negotiating desires and aspirations which are rooted or portrayed as the faces and gestures of the people/things painted.
Artist Jagadish Dhyan Sreyas manipulates Leonardo Da Vinci’s Monalisa as a contemporary woman bombarded by the mass media, and couples it with yet another self-portrait measuring the same size of his first canvas. Combining aspirations with nostalgia also figures in the work of painter Masuram Ravikant.
Artist Rashmi Trivedi also borders on a similar path of recreating select moments of her life and instilling in it an illusionary reality of photography. Santosh R Rathod broaches the photorealistic genre, but only uses it as a hint to proceed to an abstract scape.
Striking a contrast in the group is Rajan M Krishnan, who executed the portrait of the illustrious artist Bhupen Khakhar. His fantastic charcoal application establishes a fond memory of a role model in stark shades of black and white. In a similar style, Krishnan has earlier exhibited a documentary of social observations.
Similarly, Manish Sutar highlights aspects of daily life, but unlike commentaries, his visuals are fun observations which gladden the heart.
Fotogiraphy unravels multiple dimensions of photorealism attempted by the participating artists, which upon the first instance may suggest fun and humor, but a few layers beneath shows a singular vision.
Please contact Atiya Amjad at 6661-8628, 98499-87187 for further details.