Duplicator’s Dilemma| Atul Dodiya

Elisabetta Marabotto of  Saffronart shares a note on Duplicator’s Dilemma, Atul Dodiya’s solo exhibition in Hong Kong

London: 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong Kong is currently exhibiting Atul Dodiya‘s first solo show in Hong Kong.

Eyes, Atul Dodiya, 2013

Eyes, Atul Dodiya, 2013. Image, Credit: http://www.10chancerylanegallery.com/exhibitions/2013/Replicator_Dilemna/works_en/

The exhibition brings together a selection of works which combine tradition with modern references. On display is a series of works created on shutter doors paying homage to famous international artists such as Roy Lichtenstein.

“The shutter doors bring the commonly seen Bombay shop fronts into the contemporary art genre. Dodiya uses the duplicity of imagery to play with wild contrasts of scenery. This series combines the metal fronts of the pop art work of Lichtenstein with the deeply expressionistic long and stringy figures of his paintings. A man whose bones can be seen through his skin reads a book, a skull lays by his side. When the door is closed, piercing cartoon like eyes peer with the phrase, “What? Why did you ask that? What do you know about my image duplicator?” Highly original, his works physically add layers of meaning to his works. They can be read half-closed or open as well as fully seeing one image or the other.”

Mirror, Atul Dodiya, 2013

Mirror, Atul Dodiya, 2013. Image Credit: http://www.10chancerylanegallery.com/exhibitions/2013/Replicator_Dilemna/works_en/

This series was inspired by the sight of small business in Mumbai locked down because of the fear of violence and religious persecution following the bombings in 1993.

Also in the exhibition is a series of black and white drawings representing figures almost floating in a phantasmal and fuzzy reality which subtly engage the audience in a curious dialogue.

Fisherwoman, Atul Dodiya, 2013

Fisherwoman, Atul Dodiya, 2013. Image Credit: http://www.10chancerylanegallery.com/exhibitions/2013/Replicator_Dilemna/works_en/

Dodiya said about his works: “What is better? The fish inside the water, or the fish outside the water? The mirror reflects reality. Is that reflection real? Is the image which an artist depicts on canvas more real than the image which the viewer sees in reality?

Probably, these are some of the philosophical questions, which arose in the process while looking at Lichtenstein’s ‘Mirror’. Inside-outside, above-below, real-unreal, hidden-revealed, single-double, are these opposites? This is the dilemma with which artists begin and arrive at the discovery of the relativity of the real.

Mirror, Atul Dodiya, 2013

Mirror, Atul Dodiya, 2013. Image Credit: http://www.10chancerylanegallery.com/exhibitions/2013/Replicator_Dilemna/works_en/

The fine line between art and life gets blurred, to the point where art is overpowering the reality of life. It becomes a game of stepping in and stepping out of the creative space.”

Stretcher, Atul Dodiya, 2013

Stretcher, Atul Dodiya, 2013. Image Credit: http://www.10chancerylanegallery.com/exhibitions/2013/Replicator_Dilemna/works_en/

The exhibition is on until January 30, for more information click here.

 

ASIA ART ARCHIVE’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AUCTION FEATURES ARTISTS FROM THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Kanika Pruthi of Saffronart shares details about AAA’s upcoming Annual Fundraiser Auction in Hong Kong

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New York: The Asian Art Archive is a Hong Kong based initiative which  provides a platform for the research, writing and understanding of the history of contemporary art in Asia. It aims to re-imagine the role of an archive and to address the expanding space of the global narrative in art history. They are committed to creating a collection of resources for the public which is accessible to the masses, facilitating research on existing material and also encouraging new ideas and creative endeavours through their programs.

AAA’s Annual Fundraiser Auction serves as a major source of support for its programs, activities and aims to raise funds to extend its global reach, expanding the educational potential of the archive and redefining the way worldwide audiences learn about contemporary art.

This year the auction features 74 works of art, generously donated by galleries and artists from around the world. The works can be viewed from 21-25 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Online bidding is open from 8-29 November and the live auction will take place on 30 November, 2013.

Among the many international artists featured this year, works from established and emerging artists from the Indian sub continent are included in the auction. These include Gulammohammed Sheikh, Atul Dodiya, Nalini Malani, Rajorshi Ghosh, Tanya Goel, Aditi Singh, Aisha Khalid and Huma Mulji.

Selected works can be viewed in the slideshow accompanying this post and the full auction catalogue is available online.

Art Basel in Hong Kong: A Recap

Piya Shivdasani of Saffronart visits Art Basel Hong Kong and reports back on the first edition of this important Asian art fair

Pae White, Supertaster, 2013 two-sided mirror, paper and cable 101 x 211 cm; Image Credit http://www.yatzer.com/highlights-art-basel-hong-kong-2013

Pae White, Supertaster, 2013 two-sided mirror, paper and cable 101 x 211 cm; Image Credit http://www.yatzer.com/highlights-art-basel-hong-kong-2013

Singapore: By now, you would have read all the facts and figures available on Art Basel’s commercially successful debut in Hong Kong. It was a hit. The fair was so well-planned by its Swiss organisers that even the early ‘black rain’ warning and otherwise gloomy weather did not prevent the  A-list of the international art world, with their skyscraper heels and deep pockets, from attending the vernissage on May 22nd. Not only did they attend, but no sooner had they swiped their black cards at the turnstiles, than Yayoi Kusama’s Flame of Life – Dedicated to Tu-Fu (1988) sold for $2million at Victoria Miro / OTA Fine Arts, reportedly to an Asian collector. A very strong start for Art Basel in Asia.

Fabien Mérelle Pentateuque, 2013 Resin, Fiberglass, Hair, Steel  4.8 (h) x 3 (l) x 2.6 (w) m; Image Credit http://www.yatzer.com/highlights-art-basel-hong-kong-2013

Fabien Mérelle
Pentateuque, 2013
Resin, Fiberglass, Hair, Steel
4.8 (h) x 3 (l) x 2.6 (w) m; Image Credit http://www.yatzer.com/highlights-art-basel-hong-kong-2013

While the art fair was well attended by international collectors, including Roman Abromovich and Dasha Zukhova, Guy Ullens, Budi Tek, Uli Sigg and others, gallerists were aiming to entice the big Chinese spenders. Speaking to a mix of gallerists from Hong Kong, London and Mumbai, the general feeling was that while the Chinese were out in full-force, they didn’t engage in the quick and energetic buying one sees at Art Basel in Switzerland or in Miami. It is a gentler process in Hong Kong, one which requires patience but if the first edition serves as a crystal ball at all, this space is one to watch.

Seung Yul Oh 'Periphery' (2013) A "forest" of yellow balloon columns; Image Credit http://www.yatzer.com/highlights-art-basel-hong-kong-2013

Seung Yul Oh
‘Periphery’ (2013)
A “forest” of yellow balloon columns; Image Credit http://www.yatzer.com/highlights-art-basel-hong-kong-2013

For more information on Art Basel Hong Kong, see their official website. Also read the New York Times article on the fair, and another in the Miami Herald.

Talk given by Vivan Sundaram Friday 24th May

Emily Jane Cushing recommends a talk by artist, activist and curator Vivan Sundaram as part of the ‘Unpacking Global’ series by Asian Art Archive (AAA)

Hong Kong: This talk by Vivan Sundaram will take place on Friday 24 May at 11 am – 12 pm at ‘A Space’, 10/F, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

For more information and to register for the talk, see the AAA website.

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