'Feminal cosmology 2014' an exhibition of Paintings, Prints & Sculptures at All India Fine Arts & Craft Society (AIFACS), 1 Rafi Marg > 1st to 7th April 2014

Time : 
1st April : 5:30 pm - Inaugurated  by Ms. Uma Ravi Jain
2nd to 7th April : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm - Exhibition on view

Entry : Free

Place : All India Fine Arts & Craft Society (AIFACS), 1 Rafi Marg, New Delhi
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Event Description : Invitation Presents 'Feminal cosmology 2014' an exhibition of Paintings, Prints & Sculptures

Curated by : Ramchandra Pokale

The sensitivities of women, when taken collectively, depict a superb Feminal Cosmology. Art, created from its all-engrossing parameters, imbibes a luxuriant personality. Being forged from a get-together of many strokes and textures, the end product mirrors the concerns of every woman.

When Sonika Mann Sangar’s creatively melds the solidity of granite into a comforting balance of graceful femininity, the message beneath the surface narrates the tensions and turmoils that women encounter and which leaves her suppressed, yet genially composed. An offbeat choice for a sculptural form, a giant chameleon, postured languorously on a seat, makes Ritu Manchanda’s work hint at a comforting, yet  fragile paper boat bobbing above a city’s blue print, or secured under a protective umbrella, makes Yogita Kandalkar’s vision of protectiveness farsighted and convincing.

The stylized feminine forms of Varsha Kharatmal’s women, in vivid colours and elaborate ornamentation, celebrate the joys of femininity, while the evocative self-portraits of Swapnil Srivastava, emphasise the intensity of today’s woman as a narrative in muted tones, and defined spaces, without being dark and oppressive. Motherly concerns, embodied through the Kaushalya-Rama form, is given resurgence in the colourful concepts of artist Neeta Singh, and the protective tendencies of women, are imaginatively cocooned in the depictions of Balwinder Tanwar, who articulates her idea through a pair of symbolic hands. The graphic precision of Shruti Jain’s expressions incorporate spruce looks with intelligent composition whereas the deceptively simple mythical take on the Devi, as womanly strength behind the Purush concept, acquires a sophisticated aesthetic with Ritu Chopra..

Fantasy and art being handmaids of the same Muse, find adequate coverage through the works of Minal Rajurkar Shinde, whose feline-canine-faced beings tellingly blur boundaries. Fertility finds adequate representation in the sheaf-like cluster of Nandini Pantawane, synchronising nature and woman artistically. At one level starkly human and at another mythical, the etchings of Tejaswini Sonawane have an allegorical content expressed through otherworldly creatures and dominating postures.

 Compositional cohesiveness in Seema Gondane’s etchings have a powerful collectivism with the charming mesh of the whole uniting into an epistle of close bonding. When imaginations stretch beyond sheer roundedness, then works such as Rashmi Bawankar’s come to the fore, with a mythical presence hovering above cityscapes, in a realm away from the grip of daily living.

As art is best understood when it is interpretative, the abstract content of Rashmi Kachewar’s work, startles our imaginations by their concentrated mass of form and empty spaces. The angular sharpness within a watery backdrop of subtle colour tones, appears to vibe with her viewers. Deep penetrating quality perpetrates the abstract takes of Smita Kinkale who uses solid forms like rubble and seeds to colour a distinct parallel geometry. Another study in compactness, from Ashvini Jadhav, has patience, serenity and abstractions garners into a fluid mass. Viewing the colourful compositions of Dr. Jasminder Kaur in cocooned centric spaces, speaks of energies contained in a boundary, offset with a smart colour palette. Wave-like repetition of the floral motif in the work of Dr. Chitralekha Singh, celebrate the rhythm of life through a unique form. The tranquility of water is explored by Shyamali Paul who uplifts her lotus form from the quagmire into a jewel effect.

Quite often, using traditional formats in the language of modern art can be a tall order, but Alka Brushundi’s new approach to Tanjore art, embellishes its characteristics through unique placements, and related subtleties. Similarly Rakhi Salunke has given Warli paintings a new makeover with deceptively simplistic line work and an in-depth feel, impossible to overlook.

The ultimate fabric of womanliness carried to an all-encompassing level makes this show a transversal from earthiness to sublimity

Subhra Majumdar

Art Critic

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'Feminal cosmology 2014' an exhibition of Paintings, Prints & Sculptures at All India Fine Arts & Craft Society (AIFACS), 1 Rafi Marg > 1st to 7th April 2014 'Feminal cosmology 2014' an exhibition of Paintings, Prints & Sculptures at All India Fine Arts & Craft Society (AIFACS), 1 Rafi Marg > 1st to 7th April 2014 Reviewed by Delhi Events on Monday, April 07, 2014 Rating: 5

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