Saturday, September 15, 2012

Experience Art



Pradarshak is proud to present two of its artists Sangeeta Babani and Anil Dingankar, who have successfully and very beautifully painted a car in the last few days.

Starting out with the concept of ‘festivity’ and ‘celebration’, Tata Motors invited Pradarshak to curate the exercise of an ‘art car’ at the Palladium Courtyard at High Street Phoenix, Mumbai between Sept.14-16, 2012.

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Intended to be the first one in a series of many, Pradarshak recommended artist Sangeeta Babani to interpret the concept as her work veers from figurative realistic to semi-abstract depiction, landscape to abstraction as the mood takes her. There are no straight answers and that is the beauty of life, is her firm belief; this philosophy is celebrated in her canvases with an exuberance of colour and emotion. Characterised by an ambiguity, simultaneously introspective and impressionist in nature, generally, her paintings come alive with vibrant hues and multiple thoughts in an engaging narrative.  Interpretation becomes subjective and distinct from one viewer to another. The artist celebrates her journey to the unknown, leaving the onlooker to pursue his.

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Translating such a mindset on to the car as a canvas, Sangeeta has excelled at recreating a narrative of celebration and festivity, spreading cheer, going by the original intention of the company, to take the car around the city of Mumbai, visiting Ganesha pandals and spreading joy amongst inmates of various orphanages, schools, old-age homes, and the like.

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Ably assisting Sangeeta, has been artist Anil Dingankar, whose quick grasping ability, attention-to-detail and openness to experimentation and research has enabled the upcoming artist to successfully accomplish any project he chooses to associate with. Being adept at the various mediums and various genres of art from paintings to murals to functional art projects, Anil has wrapped up the exercise of painting the car into a holistic aesthetic experience, skillfully merging colours, forms and textures, superbly complementing Sangeeta’s narrative style with  a distinct mastery of his own.

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The car will be seen on the streets of Mumbai and at various locations for the duration of Ganesh Chaturthi from the 19th to 29th Sept, 2012. Remember, when you see it that Pradarshak is proud to have its artists spread this cheer.

Photography: Nigel Fernandes

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