The 5 day Jaipur Art Summit concluded on a high note at Ravindra Manch recently. Apart from the controversial painting that grabbed the attention of the nation, the Summit had some magnificent art works and art installations that grabbed the attention of many. Listed below are some of our top picks from the Summit:
THE CORPORATE LADDER
The ‘Corporate Ladder’ (by Artist Nitasha Jaini) is an installation made out of bamboo, silver gota paper cut outs and nylon thread. It reflects the culture of competition and consumerism in present times. The installation shows that how the urban male is not a wholesome centered person but rather a maniac whose entire life is focused on work and the rat race to reach and stay on top.
THE PIE TAAN
Installation artist and interior lifestyle designer Kanika Bawa’s two art installations are indeed a crowd puller at the event – Pie Taan and Paper Fabric. As an ode to the age old craft of traditional Indian footwear and with an aim to revive this dying industry, Bawa gives an interesting twist to the Kolhapuri chappals in her installations of 8 ft 6 inches and 10 ft 6 inches.
KATHAKALI KONNECTION THRONE CHAIR
Resurrecting the classical dance form of Kathakali to its true glory, Bawa has also made a giant Kathakali chair towering above 10 ft 6 inches which is also displayed at the mega art summit. This tallest sitable art chair showcases the chair furniture as an Art Canvas – its body coloured with patterns in digital art. Inspired by the growing threat to Kathakali dance, the lessening number of ‘ghungroos’ in the installation depicts the slow and steady exit of one of India’s most revered traditional dance forms. Both the art works of Bawa are included in the Limca Book of Records.
THE PAPER FABRIC
The ‘Paper Fabric’ installation is an expression of hope and growth that stitches together the parchment of future allies. The material is a manifestation of fabric intertwined with newspaper that resembles growth in a tangible structure. It is worth noting that paper is the third largest industrial polluter globally and it contributes to 25% of landfill waste. The artist duo – Neerja and Spriha – has tried to redefine the characteristics of surplus waste paper by increasing the lifespan of paper through traditional techniques.
THE BLUE ELEPHANT
A popular spot for selfies at the summit was ‘The Blue Elephant’ by Sharad Bhardwaj. This painting is the largest circular canvas painting (diameter 4.75 m and 15.6 ft) and is also a Limca Book of Record.
PLATTER OF HEALTHY BRAIN
This acrylic on canvas painting by Dhruti Mahajan was indeed an eye catcher. Don’t miss the flies !
This painting by Shiv Kumar Soni instantly takes you back to those carefree childhood days where ‘Kiss Me’ was only used to refer to our favourite Parle toffee.
PABLO RAMIREZ ARNO
The works of Argentinean Artist Muralist Pablo Ramirez Arnol were also huge draw at the Jaipur Art Summit. The artist had a wonderful visit to Dharamshala recently and what touched him was the mountains and stillness. From this birthed an exquisite ‘Monk’ series. These are representational of the immense strength and peace that comes from stillness, not renunciation.
TOWER OF BABEL
This installation is inspired by the ‘Tower of Babel’ as mentioned in the Bible. This was created by a group of people who spoke the same language and were united in every aspect. This installation makes one think twice about the divisions created by humankind.
Do let us know your favourite picks at the Jaipur Art Summit!