Route/Root? – You Decide
GET: an evening with art to question the creation and implementation of the terms rural and urban
IN: The Guild, 02/32, Kamal Mansion, 2nd floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba Mumbai. Tel: +91 22 2288 0116 / 0195
ON: From the 11th till the 28th of Feb
IT: The exhibition is of the recent works of Arunkumar H.G. and Sunoj D.
About the Works
The urban environment is one that thrives on consumerism and capitalism; the readymade and customised; exclusive and LARGE scale. This is reflected in the outcome of the demand and modes of production to merge nature into an urban lifestyle. In the questioning of the contrast of the Urban and Rural, the artists’ exploration of hybridism of these two landscapes is reflected in the contemporary development of demand and supply through their works.
There has been a pattern in the migration of the population from rural to urban sectors and most of the new world feels a need to identify themselves with the Urban. There cannot however be a complete disconnect, because the rural and the urban function on the basis of co-existence. This is the inspiration behind the works and hopes to compel the viewer to ruminate over the implications of the new world.
Genetic farming to create Pomato(es) – makes life simpler and all in one – is it? Garden lamps root themselves with wires in the soil to create the earth’s new topography … Blame it on the stars that shine, blame it on the rain…(Excerpt from an essay by Veeranganakumari Solanki)
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About the Artists
Arunkumar H.G: graduated in Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. His recent solo was ‘Tract’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi. Some of his group exhibitions include ‘Freedom to March’ Ojas Art New Delhi, ‘Changing Skin’ The Fine Art Co. Mumbai, ‘Snow’ curated by Ranjit Hoskote, New Delhi, ‘Size Matters…or Does it ?’ Lattitude 28, New Delhi and ‘A New Vanguard’ Saffron Art and The Guild, New York.
Sunoj D. graduated in Painting from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. His recent solo show was ‘Between Land and Sky’ – Grosvenor Vadehra, London. Some of his group exhibitions include ‘Indian (sub)way’ curated by Yashodara Dalmia at Grosvenor Vadehra, London, ‘GH: Krumbiegel: Whatever he touched he adorned’ curated by Suresh Jayaram at the Max Muller Bhavan, Bangalore, ‘Lost in an urban maze’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, ‘Someone you know’, Sølyst Artist in Residence Center, Denmark, ‘A New Vanguard’, Saffron Art and The Guild, New York and ‘House of Mirrors’ curated by Deeksha Nath Grovenor Art Gallery, London.