'Art as an object of the everyday'

Contemporary art in the city, a rage among young art lovers especially these days, got a shot in the arm with Gallery Ragini’s latest exhibition ‘The Contemporary Walk’ III. 
 
The gallery, which came up in 2005 with the aim of promoting Contemporary art, did a round-up of its displays in the past one year, bringing together 24 artists and their work. 

There were watercolour-on-paper, acrylic-on-paper, ceramics and even origami – all of which gave a new artistic perspective on life and won the hearts of visitors.

This exhibition was held at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, from April 18-22. 

Since its inception, Gallery Ragini has strived to act as a medium to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of contemporary art forms among the general public through its gallery space, outreach programs, art residencies and travelling art shows. 

Also the gallery engages in programs to enhance art knowledge amongst young artists as 
well as young collectors by way of conducting talks and interviews with doyens in 
this genre.

‘The Contemporary Walk’ III was an endeavour to provide an alternative and eclectic space to bring to fore the gallery’s efforts during the year 2013-14. 

Its director, Nidhi Jain said, “The exhibit provides an insight into the oncoming activities of the gallery too. 

The walk through these art works allows the spectator to engage with art and provides a retrospective into the gallery’s activities. 

A ‘walk’ thus produces an idyllic environment wherein, the viewer experiences art as an object of the everyday.”

The Contemporary Walk III showcased works by Suchit Sahni, Dhanur Goyal, Nisha Sharma, Subhash Pujahari, Asurvedh, Jagadish Chinthala, Ravi Gossain, Vishakha Apte among others.

In an attempt to introduce new talent, the gallery showcased works of Ravinder Dutt who derives his inspiration from miniatures and in a virtual space, creates his own contemporary take on history. 

His work emerges from a detailed study of Indian history and traditional Indian art. 

Some art works from artists such as Ravi Gossain and Nisha Sharma provided a scale that created shock and awe. 

Soft lyrical abstracts from Vishakha Apte provided meditative serenity.

Works from Suchit Sahni, Rohit Sharma and Jagadish Chinthale were inspired from the urban environment and the vibrant colours they used added to the quirkiness of their subject.

Juxtaposed with these were spontaneous pen and ink doodles by Dhanur Goyal whose experimental style created layered subjects and great textures.

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