Introduction: Geetha Mehra, Director SAKSHI GALLERY, Bombay
Opening: 12th October 2004, 7 – 10 pm
Ort: Temporary Gallery (former Prüss & Ochs Gallery), Sophienstraße 18, 10178 Berlin
Exhibition duration: 13th – 30th October 2004
Open: Tu – Sa, noon – 6 pm
SAKSHI GALLERY | BOMBAY in cooperation with ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING will be present in Berlin from October to Dezember 2004. During this time three exhibitions will show a representative cut-out of contemporary indian art. The first show IN TRANSIT presents works of the artists ATUL DODIYA and SHIBU NATESAN.
The show IN TRANSIT juxtaposes two poles of artistic expression in India today. At one pole is ATUL DODIYA. His lyrical realism weaves its magic in this multi-media installation series titled 'Lost Father'. Here DODIYA uses objects like pelmets, old radio sets, family photographs, and texts of poems as openings into a world tinged with grief and nostalgia over the absent father. The theatricality of his work is heightened by the use of curtains- sometimes heavy and velvety and at others thin and gauze-like.
At the other pole is SHIBU NATESAN. In his 'Existence of Instinct' canvases he juxtaposes synthetic and often glossy media images with those of wild creatures in a seamless space resulting in a shock encounter. Rooted in fantasy large in scale, bold in design and execution, these images have the repulsive force of a nightmare and the charm of a dream.
Though studies in contrast, both artists have commonalities based on their use and extension of realism. The juxtaposition of their works in the show IN TRANSIT yields more than the sum of two parts.
SAKSHI GALLERY BOMBAY is one of India's premier galleries. With its 10,000 sq. ft. of space, it is the largest private gallery in the country. Located in a former textile mill, it is imaginatively designed by one of India's leading conservation architects Rahul Mehrotra . Its three-level design makes it possible to adapt to everything from conventional art-on-the-wall to site-specific works, installations and even performances. The gallery houses a resource centre for researchers. It has created a data-base and a library which is open to public. The unique architecture of Sakshi Gallery with its spacious and hospitable ambience has served as a meeting point with other artforms - theatre performances, music recitals, video shows and poetry readings. SAKSHI GALLERY BOMBAY has exhibited some of India's leading painters and sculptors and has premiered the works of many younger artists. It has also supported large-scale installations. The gallery has organised exhibitions in Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Delhi, Calcutta, Bangalore, Baroda, Chennai as well as travelling shows to Delhi, Baroda, Bombay and Calcutta. Some of these exhibitions have been curated by prominent art critics, historians as well as collectors.
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Temporary Gallery: SOPHIENSTR 18 (Former Prüss & Ochs Gallery), 10178 BERLIN