Thursday, November 15, 2012

A quick glance at Škoda Prize nominees this year – II

The top 20 names for the Škoda Prize nominees' list have been chosen by the jury panel including the co‐founder of Devi Art Foundation, Anupam Poddar, and leading artist Sheela Gowda. The panel is chaired by Geeta Kapur, eminent art historian-critic.

Among the artists selected are Aditi Joshi (New Works at Gallery Maskara); Aditi Avinash Kulkarni (‘Alienation of the ongoing experiment’ at Seven Art Limited); Adip Dutta (‘I have a face but a face of what I am not’ hosted by Experimenter); CAMP - Ashok Sukumaran & Shaina Anand -‘Two stages of invention’ courtesy Experimenter; L N Tallur (‘Quintessential’ at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum); and Mariam Suhail (‘Breakdown Of Shorter Concerns’ courtesy Galleryske).

The list also features names like Priyanka Choudhary (‘Tetanus Midas’ from Gallery Maskara); Praneet Soi (‘Notes On Astaticism’ Vadehra); Srinivasa Prasad (‘Nirantara’, Gallery Ske); T Venkanna (Open Studio: Printmaking; Gallery Maskara); Tushar Joag (‘Riding The Rocinante From Bombay to Shanghai’; Vadehra Art Gallery), and Zakkir Hussain (‘Zero Tolerance’ Vadehra Art Gallery).

Mention must also be made of artists Rohini Devasher’s and Vishal K Dar. The former’ works draw inspiration from biological specimen displays, astronomical observations, and magnetic resonance imaging but rather than creating static images, her works appear to breathe and grow. Her artistic practice has long been fascinated with the sciences and the natural world. The works in her chosen solo show might, at first glance, look more at home in a natural history museum or perhaps a biology archive.

They all play with organic boundaries and imaginary microcosms. This suite of videos, prints, drawings and a single sculpture works explore organic growth and evolution through a technological matrix. The forms she creates are familiar, albeit undeniably alien, encompassing the categories of animal, vegetable and mineral. She describes these life forms in a variety of media.

Vishal K Dar features in the Skoda Prize long list for an exhibition: NAAG, New Delhi. His projects often encompass digital, manual, material and monumental worlds; he looks to merge visual spectacle with socio-political concerns.

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