Levitate – A Group Show of Paintings Sculptures & Graphics at Amdavad ni Gufa – Ahmedabad, India

December 10, 2013 § Leave a comment


Amdavad ni Gufa – Ahmedabad, India
Eleven contemporary artists displayed their work at the exhibition ‘Levitate’ organized at ‘The gallery’, Ahmedabad from 12th to 18th November, 2013. The display included paintings-oils, acrylic; printmaking-wood cutting, etching; sculptures-stone, metal; and mixed media work.  
Sunil Nimawat’s Wood Cut on Display
Sachin Dadhich’s Sculpture in Mixed Media
Rokesh Kumar Singh’s Stone Sculpture
The works of Rakesh kumar Singh and Sachin Dadichi explore the materials in interesting, unconventional ways. Sunal Nimawat’s ‘portrait’ combines the conceptual element and technique of woodcut beautifully.
Lalit Garg’s Paintings in Mixed Media
Arpit Biloria’s abstract expression ‘intersectional void’ is an interesting play of geometric planes and positive-negative spaces. 
Arpit Biloria’s Sculptures in Metal
Margee Patel ‘s series of birds and especially ‘the swans ‘has captured the grace, beauty and delicacy of birds in the hard medium of stone. 
Margee Patel’s Stone Sculptures
Apart from the diversity of mediums what is remarkable is the diversity of approaches amongst the artists.  It will be interesting to observe these artists through their journey in the art field.
– Gayatri Menon
L to R – Sunil Nimawat, Sachin Dadhich, Mayank Sharma, Lalit Garg, Arpit Biloria, Margee Patel, Riddhi Shah, Jyotika Rathore & Rokesh Kumar Singh
Press Coverage
Divya Bhaskar – Ahmedabad – 13 November 2013
DNA – Ahmedabad – 13 November 2013
Ahmedabad Mirror – 14 November 2013
Sandesh – Ahmedabad 15 November 2013
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‘Unconditional love’ An Art Exhibition

November 16, 2013 § Leave a comment


The exhibition titled ‘Unconditional love’ is showcasing the work of 13 artists from Studio A simultanoulsy both at The Gallery and at Hutheesing visual art center, Ahmedabad. A majority of artists have done their initial studies at C.N. fine arts and some of them had continued their studies at MS University, Baroda and London university.

One of the facets of the exhibition at ‘The Gallery’ is the exploration of new technique by the artists as a way of expressing themselves. Harshid Patel has experimented with the painting of architectural motifs on gold and silver leaf background. Roma Patel has worked with acrylic – bringing the fluid forms created by acrylic paint on glass onto canvas to get interesting abstract forms. Alpesh Dave experiments with threadwork on human faces – his work with Picasso is especially interesting for the humor it recreates. Bhavin Vaishnav has explored the same form of a boy figure in different media from carved wood to sketches.

The juxtaposition of contrasting images often in relation to the human body are seen in many artworks : among them Kumar’s work ‘peace of mind’ in which the juxtaposition of human face with rockets are seen. The same approach is further seen in sculpture in Chowhan’s juxtaposition of nails on human lips. By juxtaposing the child’s image with objects related to his work Rakesh Patel has tried to bring in the narrative of working children into his artwork.

The art work collection of Sonal Ambani including the works of senior artists such as Nabibaksh Mansuri and Mahendrabhai Kadia as well as Sonal Ambani’s owm work on ‘World peace’ is displayed at ‘Huthessing visual art gallery’.

-Gayatri Menon

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"Full wall empty 27” by German artist Werner Degreif

October 25, 2013 § Leave a comment


A solo exhibition ‘Full wall empty 27” by German artist Werner Degreif is being held at ‘The Gallery, Amdavad ni gufa’ , Ahmedabad from 15th to 20th October. This exhibition is the fourth of a series of exhibition being held by Zone of Contemporary art, ZOCA. 

Werner Degreif
Werner Degreif has multiple talents as a musician, graphic artist and sculptor and currently stays in Mannheim, Germany. Having spent seven weeks as an artist in residence in Ahmedabad, India, Werner Degreif took 2 weeks imbibing the culture of the place before embarking on his artwork.
In his own words “ My father was an architect and maybe, I might have imbibed some of the sense of architecture from him” and so it seems as we look at how spaces depicting the character of Ahmedabad come alive within the close confines of the gallery. He specialized in site specific work which imparts  a certain amount of fluidity and poignancy to the work. The challenge of the space in the gallery was its length but the artist managed to find a creative solution to the linear space by arranging his work in a perspective form overlapping each other, unifying the work without creating division; keeping us unaware of the transition of frames and helping us experience an unified whole.
 “It seems the lines of your artwork done in Germany is more orderly, neat and emphasis seems to be on architectural elements rather than people… How has India influenced your artwork?” we asked to which he replied ”In Germany, it was difficult to draw people because of their reluctance to be portrayed and it was a pleasant surprise to find people in Ahmedabad greeting me with openness and joy while being portrayed.” And the same sense of calmness and joy pervades in the work too..
The inspiration for most of the artwork seemed to be from the city slums. More exposure to the city with its complexities encompassing the tradition and the modern, the poor and the rich, the indoor and the outdoor, the private and the public spaces could have broadened the canvas of the artwork. However, the raw energy of the lines and the focus on the portrayal of common people from city slums going about their day to day lives by itself bring forth an element of extraordinary to the daily everyday sights of the city!
– Gayatri Menon
(Photo Courtesy – Vipul Prajapati)
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Purvaa 2013 – A Group exhibition of Paintings & Sculptures

October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment


The works of 35 artists based in Ahmedabad and Baroda is being exhibited as ‘Purvaa 2013’ from 18th to 20th October 2013 at LP Hutheesing visual art centre in Ahmedabad  as part of a unique tribute to late Purvesh Patel by his friend Aditya Vikram. The 45 artworks exhibited include paintings, etching, lithography, paper cutting, mixed media as well as interactive exhibits and sculptures in various media.

Surrealistic images of human faces juxtaposed with a variety of images including merry go rounds, landscapes, mobiles etc. depicting the various moods and thoughts in human beings were found in the work of many artists. The dominant theme in the artwork including paintings,  graphic art as well as sculpture seemed to be the troubles, constraints and difficulties faced by human beings in the modern world and the meeting space between humans and the man made world. This included the works of Nemaram Jangid’s ‘Control of tension’ , ‘Struggle and risk’ and Purvi Parmar’s ‘Freedom’.

Various experimental artwork using unusual mediums such as backlit acrylic with LED lights as well as the use of chrome plated metal and coins on paintings  seemed to resolutely trying to break away from the constraints of two dimensional medium of painting and graphic art.  Experimental artworks also included the interactive artwork of David titled ‘girl with the gun’ in which the viewer became the participant by pumping air and finding the girl raising a rubber gun at the viewer.

Some of the other interesting work included the artwork ‘Train’ by Sandeep Suneriya which though simple in form was conceptually unusual in depicting two narratives within the 6 frame structure and the abstract work of Arpit Biloria ‘Intersectional void’ which celebrated the abstract beauty and raw juxtaposition of forms, leaving the work open for interpretation by viewers.
-Gayatri Menon
(Photo Courtesy – Namit Kadia)
Arpit Biloria
DNA News Paper – 19 October 2013
List of Participating Artists

Anil Majmudar, Arpit Biloria, Alpesh Dave, Sandeep Suneriya, Sunil Darji, Hindol Brahmbhatt, Tushar Kamble, Manish Modi, Purvi Parmar, Debasish Dutta, Vijay Bagodi, Sonal Verma, Susmita, Kajal Shah, Bhavin Vaishnav, Pulkit Prajapati, Indrapramit Roy, Vijay Roy, Mitali Shah, Deviba Wala, Shaam Pahapalkar, Nemaram Jangid, Pankaj Vishwakarma, Possi Prasad, Rahul Mukherjee, David, Shaik Azghar Ali, Rakesh Patel, Roma Patel, Nilesh Suthar, Vishala Patel, Mehul Rathod, Kumar Chauhan, Jitu Oghani, Ramgopal Kumavat, Uday Mondal, Vipul Prajapati, Tapsi Nath, Govind Bishvas, Manish Doshi, Dilip Chobesia, Jayanti Rabadia, Devraj Goswami.

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Guests at Studio Verve – from across the seas !

July 5, 2012 § Leave a comment


 A visit to Studio Verve by Old Friends  ! 

Uttarayan : Kite Flying Festival : january.

Just Came across these photos and had to post them !!!

joel aubury
M. and MMe Allain and M. Joël Aubry.
Joël is a film maker and an avid traveller, 
He recently travelled the ” silk route “ to make a documentary film.
It was the trade route that was used to transport mainly silk and spices as well as medicine, jewels and other goods. This route was important for the early development in China, India and went all the way to Persia and Ancient Rome.

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Arpit Biloria with the Guests 

artist studio
Mukund, Chloe and Deviba Wala

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Photographing the artwork at the studio 🙂

ahmedabad
M. and MMe Allain

I had the pleasure of meeting them during my stay in France a few years back. 
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art organization india
Chloe is an Artist. 

film maker france
We had a good time indeed .. talking about out sculptures and paintings and showing them around the place. It was a pleasure indeed to have them over and nice to have a good conversation( in a mix of three different languages ).
A relaxed happy afternoon ! 
.. espérons vous voir tous bientôt  !!
To know more about the studio, click on the links below :

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Studio Verve Artist Residency in the News !

May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment


The Studioverve Artist Residency …

.. in the News Again!

Indian Express :

Sharing the clippings ….

ExpressBuzz : Indian Express 25th March, 2012
“Art Walks The Extra Mile”
art market
 Express India Online … 11th Arpil, 2012
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For more about the residency, click on the links below: 

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Travers Nash’s Artworks at a Glance.

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment


Viewing of Work by Artist : Travers Nash 

at Greenwoods. Artist Residency in Ahmedabad.

by studio Verve


Concept Note :

Take a look around you – you’re surrounded by technology. Every aspect of our lives, the way we eat, travel, communicate and entertain ourselves are all determined by constantly “advancing” technology. In our modern world of mass production and consumption these technological objects come pre packaged with a stereotyped usage, leaving little room for creative innovation on a personal level.
These latest works have been heavily influenced by my time in India. The colors, sounds and energy of this country have influenced my attempts to create a more meaningful interaction between viewer and technology  ; a creative relationship that moves beyond pure materialistic consumption.

–  Travers Nash.
new media art
sculpture using found items and technology
manequinns
One of his installations 
using mannequins, L.E.D’s and sound. 
electronic sculpture
In detail… 
ahmedabad heritage
Another installation using an antique door, typical of Ahmedabad architecture.
The door was sourced from the old city.
L.E.D’s are part of this work too.
light installation
Travers with guests showing his work.
technology
drilling
Travers at work, a hole had to be drilled for each L.E.D then the wires soldered to the L.E.D‘s.
was quite a task … but Travers is so involved in his work, he dosen’t stop until 
he gets the effect he desires.
greenwoods lake resort 
Artists Devang Vyas, Manhar Kapadia, Natu Mistry, Rakesh Patel and Roma Patel 
tourist attraction ahmedabad
Don’t miss the adorable Pug
newspaper
Indian Express
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D.N.A
Some of his earlier works

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