What a pity it would be to live a life without being able feel exhilarated on viewing first-hand Monalisaor Monet;if you don’t feel the pulsating heart, an eccitamento while you watch Anish Kapoor’s Shooting in the corner, like extending a part of your surreal thoughts into that bloodied little corner on the spotless wall.
Art By: Jogen Choudhury
Art and history are in cahoots with time. If time is really an illusion, then “art” is just another attempt that materializes this illusion. Éclectique, an art show at Gandhara Art Gallery and Harrington Street Art Centre speaks intrinsically of the functionality of art and design as a concept. Over the years, art has extended its boundary from being an exclusive paper and canvas storytelling form to an inclusive form that welcomes anything from that careless little doodle in the corner of your notebook to that turquoise cane stool sitting idly in your living room, touched by several fingers subconsciously while you were feasting over Sunday afternoon conversation.
Éclectique has fused design and art into a transcending language of Objects D’art.
● Re-interpreting La Gioconda ●
One of the most delightful pieces of conversation, while at the art gallery, would be artist Jogen Choudhury, Robin Mondal, Suhas Roy and Debraj Goswami’s re-interpretation of Mona Lisa. Just like knowledge, what would art be if it couldn’t be immersed and re-conceptualized over and over again. It is said that artists over the years, including Leonardo’s contemporaries, have made several replicas and re-interpretations of Mona Lisa to suit their own aesthetics or to make a political statement, considering it to be a public domain.
● Furniture and Decorative art ●
When Bottom wrote in Art of Travel, “…the furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestic setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life…”, it was the very first literary piece I came upon, speaking of the aesthetic importance of those immobile pieces. Working up the concept of adding beauty to every corner of otherwise dull brick walls, Éclectiquehas compiled an intriguing collection of furniture and decorative art by artists Amritah Sen, Debotash Kar, Rajesh Deb, Sapatarshi Ghosh and Sunil Poddar, that add glimmer to your myriad conversations.
The exposition also includes book art, paintings, sculptures and an art shop with affordable art starting from a minimum price range of five hundred – giving you more reasons to add art into your lives. Drop in at Éclectique which remains open till 31st August 2016 to spend an artful evening!