Shrishti Art Gallery is excited to present Hope Kosmos, an art project by artist Manohar Chiluveru. This series of artworks is an artistic tribute to all those affected by the Covid19 pandemic. The project aims to engage with the community and use art as a medium to heal, express, and bring people together and promote hope. The proceeds from this art series will be used to build a support system for art initiatives for other artists including shows, workshops, awards, and grants for the next three years. This project also includes developing an exclusive collective art series between Manohar and a few members of the community.
“Sometimes laughter hurts, but humour and mockery are our only weapons”. -Cabu (pen name of Jean Cabut), cartoonist and co-founder of Charlie Hebdo (13 Jan 1938-2015) The complexity of the contemporary world we live in, significantly more so after a long period of disorientation, calls for varied means and devices to navigate it. The intention of this curatorial plan was to penetrate the malaise that blanketed everything, by seeking out artists whose work employed a lens of humour and satire to contextualise life/reality. License to Laugh brings together artworks that engender altered perceptions, and awaken nuances of playfulness and new meaning. Art has the power to heal, to envision lightness and transformation in the midst of grim truth; more than anything it can create escapes into multidimensional spaces of the artists imagination. The artists’ styles reference popular culture and outsider art, including visual vocabularies of comics, cartoons, animation, graffiti and pos
Maadhyam, a group exhibition by nine contemporary Indian artists, explores how the mediums or materials used by artists in their artworks become an integral part of their storytelling or narratives. The participating artists are representing their works in different mediums, bringing back the third dimension and moving away from paintings and drawings. The exhibit is as diverse as the subjects and is executed in a wide variety of materials such as terracotta, metal, ceramics, paper pulp, cement, stone, wood, and tapestry. These artists are creating an altered perception for us when they place their works on their respective platforms such as a floor, in a frame, on a pedestal, alongside a wall, or on the wall. Using shape, size, comparative position, and space, sculptures inspire us to observe the world we inhabit from a whole new perspective. Each one of these artists juxtaposes symmetry and asymmetry, order and chance, reason, and randomness.