Dhoomimal.com presents 'Evolve' - an annual show done in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz.
Being the second edition of a series where the gallery provides a platform to deserving young artists to showcase their works with leading eminent artists of our times, this is a two-venue show spanning a month with over 25 artists. The show will begin at the Mercedes-Benz showroom on Golf Course Road in Gurgaon and then continue at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam in Delhi.
Working in different mediums which include paintings, drawings, serigraphs & photography, the show will have works of Akbar Padamsee, Ganesh Pyne, Krishen Khanna, Laxma Goud, T. Vaikuntam, Jogen Chowdhury, KG Subramanyan, Rini Dhumal, Manu Parekh, MF Husain, Jyoti Bhatt, Suhas Roy, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Jai Zharotia, Neeraj Goswami, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Samir Mondal, Chintan Upadhyay, Chandra Bhattacharya, Bratin Khan, Dharmendra Rathore, Laxman Aelay & Seema Kohli along with Arunanshu Chaudhary, Karan Khanna, Sharmi Chaudhary & Jignasha Ojha.
Says Priyank Jain, director, Dhoomimal.com: 'We take great pride in this association with Mercedes-Benz which has come to be an annual affair. Mercedes has a long history of art promotion all over the world and have supported artists with the likes of Andy Warhol, the famous artist who led the pop movement in the US in the 70's. Many Mercedes-Benz showrooms around the world resemble art galleries with top artists being promoted through their venues.'
Says art critic Keshav Malik: 'In this second edition of 'Evolve', to begin with we have Akbar Padamsee, Jogen Chowdhury, MF Husain and KG Subramanyan for instance who have never lapsed into journalese. A combination of conscious purpose and intuitive inspiration in painters like these makes for forceful art. Something in the style of some of them is likely to last long. The works of Laxma Goud & Seema Kohli express a grand line of experiences coming to grips with the energies within self. Their linear abstractions are controlled, intricate and quite removed from any social concerns. Those of Jyoti Bhatt open up like the petals of a sunflower, indeed they radiate like orbs. Those of Ganesh Pyne, Manu Parekh and Suhas Roy have the same energy. The guiding principle for them is that of unity; the opposing elements of the compositions are brought into a dynamic union. The colours are vibrant, stellar and the best of their work has energy creating a feeling of awe for the deeper or basic elements of reality.
The works of Neeraj Goswami and Rini Dhumal are crisply pleasurable. The softness of flat colours is archly contrived, being decorative and yet conducive to a mood of peace. Lalu Prasad Shaw, Thota Vaikuntam and Sanjay Bhattacharya are fine draughtsman. They express as few other contemporary Indian artists do configurations of figures and souls. There is no question here of always breaking new ground on a new technical plane; rather the artists restate a perennial and vital theme in individual terms.
Krishen Khanna, at one time completely dehumanized his art and made his debut in the field of abstraction of reds, blues and greys like the American painter Mark Rothko. He also experimented with photography but since returned to the figurative genre, as in his feelingful 'Death of Che Guevera' and later the greater work on Rumi and other portraits.
The works of Laxman Aelay are boiling cauldrons of nuances of effects but with an underlying artistic order in the seeming disorder, seething his primeval mass of an inner social universe in formation. As Aelay says, 'Life's experience in myriad forms allows me through my visual medium to communicate or to express myself. To speak, so to say, or comment on social, political, economic or cultural situations, sensitive portrayal of ethnicity, colored with my regional idiom.