Sunday, May 29, 2011

A set of organic ideas diverse and individual form core of a new group show

Twelve Gates Art Gallery based in Philadelphia presents 'Organics', a group show of works inspired by a set of organic ideas diverse and individual at the core as the six South Asian artists, including Amina Ahmed, Delna Dastur, Ina Kaur, Antonio Puri, Gurpran Rau and Nitin Mukul.

The idea is to highlight the multifariousness of the organic art genre by collating organic works, which have different inspirations and origins – placed within the realm of the social and personal identity of the South Asian American art.

Among the participating artists, Nitin Mukul’s art pieces have been reviewed in The New York Times, Art India magazine, Asian Art News etc. A major theme in his art is juxtaposition. He effectively contrasts ‘elements of both the terrestrial and urban’ and employs forms that ‘refer to the worlds constituted by both the biological and social’. His work makes use of a range of media like painting, video, installation and set design.

Recently he curated art shows for Aicon and Religare Arts Initiative in New York and Delhi, respectively. His work was recently showed at India Art Summit, Scope Art Fair in Basel and Art Dubai. Antonio Puri also has exhibited extensively at different key venues across the world. He has won several residencies, and regularly curates the Art4Barter program, an ‘organic’ idea in itself.

Antonio Puri’s work is as complex as the core idea behind them, employing layers of veneers, glazes, and varnishes that adequately reflect the ‘emotions, transgressions, obsession, singularity and enigma’ of his practice. A San Francisco based artist, Gurpran Rau, studied at New Delhi Polytechnic, La Sorbonne in Paris, Purdue University and The École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts, Paris.

‘Organics’ features a selection of her organic mixed-media work. She draws her inspiration from the ‘structure, patterns and repetition in nature’ and how we are made up of similar repeating structures in the ‘mapping and coding of invisible information stored within our bodies’, as an accompanying note states.

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