Friday, March 27, 2015

Whorled Explorations 2

Kochi Muziris Biennale is around the corner of it's closing date and yet there's lot more to explore...lot to unearth and treasures lay hidden perhaps in each and every corner of Kochi, particularly Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. I would have loved to hang around more but time is always a constraint! 

Art, video art, installations and every facet presented were interesting to my eyes...the most memorable one was of course Ryota Kuwakubo's Lost #12...the play with light and shadow; picture not here. My little companion, Nandu and I enjoyed it the most. We were in a kind of Alice in Wonderland where shadows shrink and grew with approaching and receding light. We went saying oooh and aahhh!The materials used for the shadow play was everything from glass to cloth pins to candles etc.

One of my dear college mate and her 3 lovely, charming  and vivacious girls were my companions but it was her eldest who accompanied me visiting the artists' and their art...

 Aspinwall - another perspective

N S Harsha - Punarapi Jananam Punarapi Maranam



Hans Op de Beeck - The Quiet Story

Unititled - Manish Nai

Iceboat - Neha Choksi

Dinh Q Le's work
(Thanks to Manoj Vyloor for commenting with the name of the artist)

Swistik Pocket Knife - Biju Joze

Artha - Prasanth Pandey

Michael Najjar - Orbital Cascade_57-46

 The Life of Stars - Lindy Lee


Heaven and Earth - Lindy Lee 

Perpetual Stills -Punaloor Rajan

Ryota Kuwakubo - Lost 12

Anima Mundi - Theo Eshetu

1610 IV - Laurent Grasso

Origins-ATableau-Epiphany(Cuckoonebulopolis)-Surendran Nair-HuesnShades
 Origins-A Tableau - Epiphany (Cuckoonebulopolis) - Surendran Nair

Curve Ball or Take No Prisoners (Unsure which is the title) - Fiona Hall

1.9.2014 Dear Mr.Walter - Dayanita Singh

Hope you enjoyed this tour of our Biennale :) Now it's time to wait for the next and even better one. Best wishes to the Team of Biennale particularly Bose Krishnamachari, Riyas Komu and Jitish Kallat.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Life Loves Me!

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It's Paint Party Friday's fourth Anniversary and I am extremely glad that I am part of it. I have found some amazing friends through PPF and What Fantabulous treasure trove of talent it has been!!! 

I wish the team many more years of colour and joy in partying with paint!!! Happy Anniversary PPF :) Dedicating this poem to all my PPF friends...

Life Loves Me!

Starlit nights or sun drenched days
I love the hues and shades
Sparrows, crows or Indian mynas
Kingfishers, robins or parrots
They all please me and please me well!

Gasping the fresh breath of air
Trees blanketed with flowers
Daisies, pansies and daffodils
Tulips, violets and carnations
I behold Spring and Spring beholds me!

Blessed with my family
Blessed with my friends
Blessed with my teachers
Who taught me the lessons of life
I love my life and life loves Me!

This is a poem I wrote a few years back and I share it now with mighty heart!!! Completely one with it and the feeling of life loving me is extremely strong at this point :) I hope the same for my PPF friends and all the friends around... 

Eva and Kristin have asked us to post a self-portrait to celebrate the event. I have opted an easy way out :) These are a few digital trials of my 4 year old picture. Here's my self-portrait !!!

 Fresco style

 Dark Strokes

Ocean Ripple

If I were to be underwater, I would look like this :)

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Small Town Paradise

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Long nature walks is the best remedy to get the least one could take one's 'La Ponderosa II' for it :)... Since the last couple of months I have enjoyed a few short trips in my home town of Palakkad in Kerala. This was Quite an Unexpected Trip; it was to a mural camp held by Lalita Kala Akademi in Malampuzha, a tourist spot of our lovely town. Unfortunately I reached there at the closing time but was Lucky enough to attend a seminar, even if  for a short while, on Benode Behari Mukherjee - a well known pioneer of Indian Modern art. Though I had planned to pay a visit the next day to get the pictures of the camp, the art and the artists, I couldn't make it...a Big Loss!

As I emerged out, the sun was setting and it was painting the sky and the landscape in beautiful hues and shades... I couldn't resist from taking these pictures of the lovely transformations. Hope you like it too... :) The pictures are taken from my Lenovo K910L.

Isn't this a lovely sunset!


KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Co-operation) Resort where the camp was held

Small Lotus Pond




Look at the lights twinkling like glow worms :)

Malampuzha Dam - A KTDC view!

One of my favs - placid look :)


Malampuzha Dam

Finally, I leave you with a temple illustration on handmade paper...please do not forget to leave me your valuable comments and feedback :)

 Temple illustration

Temple illo with digitally applied blue background

Linking it  to Eva and Kristin's Paint Party Friday!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Whorled Explorations

It's been a few days since I visited Kochi Muziris Biennale - Whorled Explorations and the effects of it are worth the travel. It was one enjoyable visit and it was peppered up with the companionship of a my dear friend, Nisha Jacob, who accompanied me to the various sites. It was definitely a memorable day with loads of amazing art and fine memories and extravagant feelings :)

I would like to showcase the Durbar Hall which is also a venue of Biennale. I also wanted to see the Hall as I am planning to curate a show most probably by the end of 2016. This is a declaration so that I can realize my closely-held dear dream. I am extremely thankful to Devan Sir  for being there all along with his guidance and help as when I require it :)

I have tried to name the artists and the artworks but haven't got hold of some of them. Anyway it's a real treat for the senses. Enjoyed every bit of it. There was novelty in many of the displays and the range and variety was quite fascinating. One needs at least  3 days to properly visit all the sites and get a glimpse of all the artworks. A day is no where enough! This is just a part of what I could manage to see in a day!

Most Prestigious and Famous Durbar Hall

Gulammohammed Sheikh - Gandhi and Gama
 One of my favourites !

Annie Lai Kuen Wan - Phenomenon of Times

 Daniel Boyd

Julian Charriere - We Are All Astronauts

 Hema Upadhyay - Silence and It's Reflections
Amazing minute work in rice!

Shahpour Pouyan

 When viewed from different angles, one gets different arrangements/patterns.

 Maya Hatoum - Routes AP

William (can't remember the last name) - Video Art

We then took a ferry to Fort Kochi where lies the real show!!! To travel by ferry was also a great experience personally for me coz I am not used to...Look at how beautiful Kochi is :)

On our way, we met some interesting characters :)

As we walked through the lanes of Fort Kochi, we were swarmed by the feel of the old world was as if we had been transported to another era...or so we felt! 

 We bought the ticket from this 'vintage' counter :)

Isn't this a beauty!

Aram Saroyan

 Mona Hatoum - Undercurrent

 Nataraj Sharma - Alternate Shapes for the Earth

 Madhusudhanan - Logic of  Disappearance

 Marie Velardi - Future Perfect, 21st Century

Aji V N

 Susanta Mandal

  Parvathy Nair - The Fluidity of Horizons

 Lavanya Mani - Travellers Tales-Blue Prints

A Lovely Corridor!

 Sudhir Patwardhan
Building a Home;Exploring the World

 Wave II
 Iqra Tanveer - Paradise of Paradox (One of my favourites...Lovely effect!)

 Hew Locke - Sea Power (again a favourite...all done in beads!)

 Missed the name of the artist - an amazing work!

 Xu Bing - Background Story;Endless Xishan Mountain Scenery
(Again...look closely, Fabulous one!)

My lovely travel companion - Nisha Jacob :)
Thanks for being such a great company, Nisha!

Hope you enjoyed the tour :) Thanks for being here and being with me. Please do leave your feedback, would love to know what you feel.

The tickets are priced at 100/- for adults and 50/- for kids.
The Biennale will conclude on 29/03/2015