Friday, December 14, 2012

The Good Artists of Pune

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What makes The ‘Good’ Artist?
A. Is it approval from a gallery, institution or critic?
B. Is it mass viewership of the work?
C. Is it an exorbitantly high price tag?
D. Is it the cultural caché of the individual?
E. An immersive environment that nurtures the hand of the creator?

The city of Pune does not have sufficient galleries, institutions or an immersive enough artistic environment to deem a 'good' artist so.

Does Pune have ‘good’ artists?  
If So
Who are they?

Welcome! to The ‘Good’ Artists of Pune, currently an imaginary community of extremely talented creators making good art in the city of Pune. History has proven that artists leave this apparently incommodious abode in the ghats, to produce really good art in greater metropolitan areas.  

Question: What then can be said of the artists left behind?
Answer: [Based] On the absence of intermediate varieties at the present day- On the nature of extinct intermediate varieties- On their numbers - On the vast lapse of time, as inferred from the rate of deposition and of denudation - On the intermittence of geological formations - On the absence of intermediate varieties in any one formation - On the sudden appearance of groups of species - On their sudden appearance in the lowest known fossiliferous strata.
- Charles Darwin, “On the origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.” In On the Imperfection of the Geological Record. William Bynum (Penguin Books, 2009), 249.

All artists are ‘good’ unless otherwise discovered by the institutional authority.

How to become a 'good' artist of Pune? 

You must be based in Pune

You must have an online link to your work 

150 word bio 

your portrait will be taken at a location of your choosing with 2 or 3 artist friends performing an activity that betters your practice. For example, reading a book, eating fruit, or trespassing. 

Such is the range of activities that can be featured in your portrait. The importance of this photograph is to show and thereby confirm that an artist is good if he or she has peers in the field and constantly engages in activities that help your work improve. 

This portrait will be clicked by Shraddha Borawake.

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Artists such as 

LMB Productions 

Snehal Chordia

Shiraz Irani

Waylon D'Mello

Revati Dilip Borawake


Shraddha Borawake

Are officially members of this community.

Hoping many more will join soon!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Acrylic Medium

"Soul Breeds Many Colours" 
Shraddha Uday Borawake

Medium: Acrylic on Concrete
Date Created: 11th November 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Krushak Ashram the Film

Is finally subtitled and on You Tube

Written, Directed and Produced
Krushak Ashram 

Shraddha Uday Borawake

Monday, September 17, 2012

Revisiting a Remote Catalonian Past

Visa Pour L'Image is a photojournalistic weeks long event of exhibition, networking and explosion of all ideas and intentions of reportage, documentary and tackling the issues that perplex and envigour the conciesouness of the media of Europe and USA. During this festival, the town of Perpignan is immediately converted into a heaven of dialog and interaction. And infusion of foreigners from all over the world meet here at the South of France, me being is only Indian from India in sight. 

The locals transform the town of Perpignan in their own way to welcome this festivity of media and art. Many cafes have their own "OFF" Festival, which showcase the work of the local artists. One such chance meeting happen during my desparate escape from the competitive environment of Visa,  while exploring the OFF Festival. 

The artist Trenca Rocs (Jean) was showcasing photographs of his rock installations at a vegan vegetarian joint called Peace and Love. I chanced upon it on a little street while asking for directions.   There was only one dish being served that day, stir-fried local vegetables with broken wheat. By the end of my solo meal an introduction via the kind owner/translator ended up in a plan to shoot this artist's installation the next day, who was sitting quietly in the corner of this bare restaurant. Outside of photography land. These installations stood in the north Catalonian forests an hour and a half away from us. Since I had the camera, and he had the installation the plan was solidified halfway through my carrot cake. 

He spoke no English and I no Catalan or French. So in our own broken sign langauge, we commenced our journey in his Reno, at Place de la Republic, Perpignan at 12pm on Sunday the 9th of September. 

We drove across the border to shoot his creations on charred cork trees which were almost pulverised in a forest fire that swept across 3200 acres of land in North Eastern Catalonia, Spain. 

Jean, a native of the Catalan region was formerly a construction worker. He is now retired and has acquired a second career as a well known and exhibited artist in Perpignan. 

Below are the words of Jean himself translated from French to English by the computer. 

"Assuming that the Great Artist is nature itself, I'll humbly, my grain of salt to divert its laws and put a touch of improbability in his work.
The écosculptures and land art are the result of the same process, one workshop, one in nature. In both cases I try to reveal the poetic soul of a roller granite and an olive branch."

"Working closer to nature and my roots, it is obvious for me to put a strong note Catalanity in my approach."

"For écosculptures, materials from a local area, they are often left in the rough, or just sanded wood. This approach leaves little room for premeditation. The inspiration comes from the shape and appearance of a rock or root, often on the ground, at the edge of Tech or crests Albères. Then in the studio, I have to find ways to implement the ideas of the field."

"For land-art, over my walks at random from my travels, it is found without really looking, the place, the light and the elements will combine to create an ephemeral work in communion with nature. It's all about balance and therefore, a priori, on harmony.Then I let nature decide the durability of the installation. The only trace that will eventually be a photograph of the structure in its environment.
My first experiences écosculptures from 2005 and 2008 land art."

The forest was badly burnt, and the cork trees were covered with a coat of burnt thermacol/styrofoam kind of texture, which was their outer most bark that took the brunt of the wild fire. 

And now a few weeks after the fire, the trees are already on their way back to revival, such is the awesome power of mother nature. 

We continued to climb over the hill after taking some pictures, by now, our interaction was smooth sailing. The lack of common language gave a very silent sense of encounter between us. Such is the beauty of travel, adventure and art. I was obessed with making it to Barcelona this trip, but unfortunately could not plan well enough to do so. 

Therefore I was grateful to have Spanish soil under my feet. Which were by now black, because I was hiking in flip flops on charred ground. 

The funny thing about the langauge of art is, that, it cuts the crap and gets right to the point. On some level I was exhausted by being constantly surrounded by intense emotions owing to relationships, regrets regarding life and interacting with many bags and baggages of others, as well as my own. So this blissful day of philosophical exploration and discovery in minimal words was just an intravneous shot of pure innocence and love galore. The landscape spoke of much higher suffering and the art work its own.

Amongst these trappings of the body and physical constraints of my soul; I found great peace in chasing the musings of surrealistic vision inherent to the Catalans.

I strongly believe and have believed that I lived in and participated in the Dada movement in a pervious life. And this Catalan landscape even though damaged and dark was definately giving refuge to my soul, I was there once. I knew it. 

A surreal discovery I made in the Pompidou Museum in Paris was that Joan Miro lived from 1893 to 1983! 

'83 being the year of my birth was some sort of twisted proof of my far out idea of incarnation portals. 

The last time I was there though that land was a different land. 

While Jean was experimenting on top of the mountain, we listened to Mikis Theodorakis through phone and inhaled the carbon air, as the shutter snapped away.

"For some time I have fun making cairns in roundabouts. I created my code, mixing land art and street art:

night work, anonymous, free, 

 instant, solitary, respectful of the environment,

 even if it is artificial.

I am looking for a qualifier or "rout'art" or "karreter'art" (carretera Road in Catalan)."

"And now, my 3rd or 4th assignment I am entitled to my first identity checks by the Gendarmerie Nationale. I even gave my card!

Another thing: someone congratulated me for installation Arles sur Tech, the Fontaine des Buis. Except that I've never worked on this site. So another person makes land art in the Tech and I am very happy, more the merrier ......!

If you know who this person is or if she reads this blog I would be happy to meet her, I have some projects that could be of interest."

After a while, I put the camera away and part took in some installation making myself.

This rendezvous is as random as much needed to open out the mental loops of life. 

And thank god for this intervention by a friend from a far away past, it helped me become inspired in true spontaneous art and took me back to root that I needed to revisit in uninspired times. The Dada daze.

As a result of sharing this story, an esteemed and respected fellow artist threw the riddle at me. 

"Why is the raven like a writing desk?"

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Campaigns: Khoj Community Art Project


I was lucky to have Jaswinder as a student. On Saturday morning, when we got kicked out of the mosque, at this point most of the boys split to continue on with their vagabond activities. Jaswinder had by chance missed his bus to school, and was reprimanded by his mother, who told him not to return before school was over. 

And thus he is one of the major participants of Khoj Vigyapan Poster Workshop

Jaswinder took a very keen interest in photography. In the two days has captured some of the most well composed and thoughtful images.

Aath Minar - Eight Minar

5th AUGUST 2012 

Sunday afternoon was chaos....

Some photo enthusiasts were being snap happy

Photo by Roshan
A lot of experimentation was at play, in camera that too. 
It was very impressive. 

Since this was the first day of participation for  Roshan, Arjun, Siddhart, Pradeep & Sachin, they drove the campaign for the facade from Prakash's concept sheet which had two topics. One was the kites and the other was his compelling line the Brand New Khirki Masjid. Therefore, in the spirit of the advertising focus, we decided to create an elevated version of the dilapidated mosque and apply more ideas of digital manipulation. 
Collectively we chose the befitting picture. 

Art Director: Prakash, Roshan, Arjun & Sachin
Copywriter: Prakash & Sandeep 
Contributions by  Siddharth Kumar, Pradeep Kumar & Radha. 

 Then there was more photo explorations, some on the computer and some on the camera.

Photos by Roshan, Arjun & Pradeep

While working on Radhas cmapaign

Everyone got a chance with the mouse, and watch aspects of the image dissapear with the use of the clone stamp.

Radha was the only girl in group. Sometimes the boys teased her, and sometimes helped her out.