"Form and Formlessness" group art exhibition at Art Alive Gallery, 120, Institutional Area, Sec-44, Gurgaon > 11am-7pm on 29th August-5th November 2011

Time : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (Sunday closed)

Entry : Free

Place : Art Alive Gallery, 120, Institutional Area, Sector 44, Gurgaon, Haryana – 122002
Venue Info : Nearest Metro Station - 'Huda City Centre'
Ph: 0124-4932000
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Event Details : Art Alive Gallery is proud to present at its vibrant new space comprising 8,000 square feet, ‘Form and Formlessness’ curated by Anirudh Chari and featuring works by a range of modern and contemporary greats, including Akbar Padamsee, S.H Raza, Jehangir Sabavala, Manu Parekh, Ganesh Haloi, Prabhakar Kolte, Rameshwar Broota, Neeraj Goswami, Jayashree Chakravarty, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Sujata Bajaj, Manish Pushkale, Kishor Shinde, S. Harshavardhana, Deepak Tandon & Nantu Bihari.
The zone between form and formlessness has the ability to fascinate and bewilder. It confronts the viewer and raises a number of questions both intense and puzzling: What are its points of origin? How can it be evaluated? What are the criteria the viewer is meant to use to respond to it? Does it, in any way, illuminate perceived reality? All these questions and many more and analyzed in this fascinating show which moves beyond the traditional abstract/ figurative dichotomy debate and leads the viewer into zones of construction and deconstruction of imagery.
This exhibition looks at both individual and collective evolution of both image and narrative. The concepts of growth, transformation, and renewal among others are conveyed visually by pairing images within congruent and incongruent environments. In this manner, the paintings do not represent a single moment, but rather an accumulation of moments which taken together symbolize the evolution of the self and of form and formlessness through the course of time. The opposing functions of representation and abstraction are used to articulate this concept intensely and uniquely in each composition. Some works orient the viewer within a discernable environment in which the characters take part in a narrative. Others are purely abstract, allowing vibrant colors to convey the theme. Through abstractions of form and space, the narrative function is reduced through ambiguity, offering multiple interpretations derivative of the viewer’s own psychological state. Layers of expressive applications of paint parallel one’s own sense of the world, which is not static but constantly changing.
By combining abstract and figurative forms, the attempt is to move the viewer through an experience which is poignant and personal. The aim is the activation of a space created by an atypical construction of shapes and forms as well as the visceral sensory stimulation that expressionist language can produce. In all the works what is of crucial importance is relationships: formal relationships in regards to the design of the composition; spatial relationships in regards to the illusion of depth; and psychological relationships in regards to the forms’ interaction with each other and the environment. Ideally, the combination provides a new and vivid sense of life. To abstract from reality is to create a metaphor. The intention of this show is to create a space which breaks from reality, constructs a new perspective, and touches upon universal human truth and the metaphor becomes coherent only after being combined with the viewer’s pre-existing library of symbolic imagery. In this realm of the subconscious, figurative and abstract elements combine with preexisting perceptions and archetypes to evoke sensations beyond that which aesthetics can provide. The works, thus, invite the viewer to explore his/her own existence through the imagery depicted in these paintings.
The process used for this is based on the curatorial desire to combine representational forms with abstract elements. Going beyond the dichotomy of figuration and abstraction also mirrors an interest in presenting provocative works which tell a story not easily deconstructed. As the display moves, it concentrates on supporting the developing concept, particular to each piece, and to creating formal harmony. Only when these two properties come to fruition, is the exhibition, in its truest sense, complete.

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"Form and Formlessness" group art exhibition at Art Alive Gallery, 120, Institutional Area, Sec-44, Gurgaon > 11am-7pm on 29th August-5th November 2011 "Form and Formlessness" group art exhibition at Art Alive Gallery, 120, Institutional Area, Sec-44, Gurgaon > 11am-7pm on 29th August-5th November 2011 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Saturday, November 05, 2011 Rating: 5

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