Finding the meaning of existence

A group exhibition titled 'Finding Meaning' will be open for public view from October 19 – 22 at Visual Art Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

The exhibition explores the ideas of our existence and the meaning of it all. The human mind's endless quests have accelerated evolution beyond its natural or earlier subtle pace. Is survival the only concern, self preservation.

The universe has always been a source of wonder to Ashok Gulati, a participating artist, and through his masterful strokes of colour, he explores the enigmatic and transcendent nature of the universe.

His compositions are characterized by three main elements which breathe life into every piece of this series: the daring use of water based colours which is the perfect setting for; the second element, vertical line running from the top to bottom representing the cosmic. Last but not the least, is the clever use of perforation and puncturing of the paper within the composition giving his pieces an interesting dimension. The combination of these three elements adds to the celestial aura of every piece breathing life into each of the compositions.

Puppet like figures dance, despair and defy as avatars of artist Devidas Agase's voice as he explores individuality, society, politics and war. His mascot shapeshifts from anatomical to insectlike to divine parodying the myriad influences that ceaselessly transform the body and mind.

He uses installation, paper, jute and a limited palette to give his creativity form, and tell the story of the dissipated, overwrought and teetering individual in an increasingly complex and exacting world.

Another artist, Bhuwal Prasad, who is forever intrigued by tribal cultures and rituals, incorporates these into his art, sometimes eliciting a cacophony of colors while sometimes finding that baser expression in black and white.

Artist Navakash fuses abstract forms together with near transcendental cohesion, choosing angular to circular of kaleidoscopic intensity; as the dizzying forms suggest themselves to our senses capturing us unawares, equally provocative are his colours which burst and contrast and unswervingly lift Navakash's stories to us till we the visual reverberates with our own exposed unconscious.

Working in this exhibition, the other participating artists includeKavita Jaiswal; Paveen Kedar; Pratul Dash; Ravi Morya; Sandra Hansen; Shahenshah Mittal; Shobha Broota; Surajit Biswas; V B Harilalkrishnan along with Pradeep Ahiwar and

Yashwant Singh.

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