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Retrieval Systems

Curated by Ranjit Hoskote
26th November 2009 - 2nd December 2009
Art Alive Gallery
S - 221, Panchsheel Park
New Delhi - 110017

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Alex Fernandes

Alex Fernandes

Biography

ALEX FERNANDES (born 1963), who began his career as a photographer in Bombay, describes himself as a “product of the advertising and fashion industry”. His first job as a commercial photographer took him to West Asia, where he worked with the Boushari Color Film Company, which owned several of the best studios in Kuwait (1987-1990). After the First Gulf War, Fernandes joined the Kodak distributor, Ashraf’s, in Kuwait (1992-2001).

 

Fernandes’ job allowed him to travel to other West Asian countries and to Basel, Switzerland. He attended lighting and technical workshops with Hasselblad, Nikon, and Sinar Bron AG, manufacturers of the ‘Broncolor’ lighting systems. As a consultant, offering equipment and solutions to colleagues, Fernandes interacted came into contact with a wide array of photographers, styles and studio conditions.

 

Fernandes founded Portrait Atelier in Goa in 2004. He has held three solo exhibitions: ‘Portraits’ (Fontainhas Arts Festival, Panjim, 2005), ‘Goan Musicians’ (Fontainhas Arts Festival, Panjim, 2006), and ‘Tiatristes’ (Literati Bookshop, Calangute, January 2008). He is currently working on a series of portraits of people associated with the ‘counterculture’ of coastal North Goa, especially musicians who have played a role in the ‘beach party’ and ‘Goa trance music’ scenes that have evolved there.




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B Manjunath Kamath

B Manjunath Kamath

Biography

Born 1972 in Mangalore, he completed his BFA from the Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore (1989-1994) and was artist in residence at the School of Art & Design, University of Wales, Cardiff (2002).

Kamath has held five solo exhibitions: ‘Collective Nouns’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai in 2011; ‘Conscious-Sub-Conscious’; ‘108 Small Stories’ & ‘Something Happened’ at Gallery Espace, New Delhi in 2010, 2007 & 2006 and ‘About something’ at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, in 1996.

Kamath has presented his work in numerous group shows and been invited to participate in a number of curated exhibitions, both in India and overseas. The most recent include, ‘Living Walls: where gallery walls become artist’s canvas’ A collaborative art project with Art Alive Gallery, 2013; ‘Narratives of the Self: Autobiographies’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi in 2012; ‘Giant Elephant’, Indian contemporary art exhibition, H. Cube Ltd., Seoul, Korea in 2011; ‘Roots’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai in 2010; ‘Marvelous Reality’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi ; ‘Retrieval Systems’, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Art Alive, New Delhi ; ‘Reclaim / Recite / Recycle’, Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, Kolkata in 2009; ‘ARCO Art Fair’, Madrid, Spain in 2009; ‘Chaos in Order’, 29 Hang Bai, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2008.

He has been awarded with Charles Wallace Scholarship, UK. He lives and works on New Delhi.




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Baiju Parthan

Baiju Parthan

Biography

BAIJU PARTHAN (born 1956) took a BSc in botany and embarked on an engineering degree before escaping the sciences as well as his native Kerala. Enrolling for a BFA in Painting at the Goa College of Art, he arrived there at the height of the hippie counterculture. Parthan�s lifelong passion for cosmography, Buddhist mandalas, Jungian psychoanalysis, and shamanism originates in this period. Migrating to Bombay, Parthan joined The Times of India group as an editorial artist, working mainly for The Illustrated Weekly of India, which nurtured his literary, philosophical and artistic interests. Soon, he embraced the life of the independent artist, developing both his painting and his new-media projects, these latter being unveiled with a groundbreaking exhibition, �Brahma�s Homepage and Other Cyber Stuff (Gallery Lakeeren, Bombay, 2000). While translating his concern with pervasive global media flows from the digital to the painterly context, Parthan pioneered the trend that Nancy Adajania has described as �new mediatic realism�. Parthan has participated in numerous curated exhibitions, including �Under Construction� (Japan Foundation, Tokyo, 2002) and �ZOOM!� (co-curated by Nancy Adajania and Luis Serpa, Culturgest Museum, Lisbon, 2004). Ranjit Hoskote�s book on the artist, Baiju Parthan: A User�s Manual, was published by Afterimage, Bombay (2006).

Statement

'Base Metal' is the nomenclature used in ancient alchemy to denote a common or�any inexpensive metal that can be transmuted into Gold. Generally spoken about as the 'great work'�this alchemical process is actually a metaphor for personal transformation. I�have used these ancient alchemical references to speak about the information technology of today and its effect on our life. How cryptic computer codes and�binary streams made up of zero(s) and one(s) are transmuting our experience of reality for better or for worse.

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G. R. Iranna

G. R. Iranna

Biography

Born 1970, Sindgi, Bijapur, Karnataka took: B.F.A. Painting from College of Visual Art, Gulbarga (1992) and MFA in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi (1994).

Iranna has held more than 20 solo exhibitions of his work with galleries in New Delhi, Mumbai, London, Munich, Singapore, and Hong Kong, among other cities including ,‘Ribbed Routes’, The Guild Art Gallery. Mumbai in 2010; ‘The Birth of Blindness’, AICON Gallery, London & New York, UK & USA in 2008; ‘Disorder and Early Sufferings’ Gallery Muller & Plate, Munich in 2006; ‘Dream & Perplexity’ by The Guild, at Chitra Kala Paris hath, Bangalore.

He has participated in numerous group shows and been invited to participate in curated exhibitions, including, most recently, ‘Living Walls: where gallery walls become artist’s canvas’ A collaborative art project with Art Alive Gallery, 2013; ‘Giant Elephant’, Indian contemporary art exhibition, H. Cube Ltd., Seoul, Korea in 2011; ‘Indian (Sub)Way’, curated by Yashodhra Dalmia, Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London, UK in 2010; ‘Retrieval Systems’, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, organised by Art Alive Gallery in 2009.

He has been invited to participate in Residencies and workshops that include the Residency by George Kith Foundation at Dambola, Sri Lanka in 2003; ‘ National Scholarship from Ministry of H.R.D., Government of India in 1996-1997 . He was awarded for K K Hebbar Foundation Award, for 2002; National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in1996. He lives and works in New Delhi.



Statement

If you are not good enough, you are not close enough.


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Tina Bopiah

Tina Bopiah

Biography

TINA BOPIAH (born 1943), having been born into one military family and married into another, has led an itinerant life in cantonment zones across India. Brought up in an atmosphere that emphasised creativity in diverse fields, she turned her attention to the visual arts during a decade spent mainly in Kashmir. Beginning with representational concerns, she quickly developed an idiosyncratic vocabulary of images and experimented with heterodox techniques and media, using ink, crayon, turmeric and coffee, before embracing her chosen egg tempera. Bopiah has held three solo exhibitions (Art Heritage, New Delhi, 1998 and 2000, and the Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay, 2002). She has been invited to exhibit at numerous group shows and curated exhibitions, including, most recently, ‘Masterpieces from the Alkazi Collection’ (Art Heritage, New Delhi, 2002) and ‘Strangeness’ (curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Anant Art Gallery, Calcutta, 2006). In 2002, Bopiah designed and painted the backdrops for the staging of Gulzar’s plays at the Tata Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, Bombay. Essays on Bopiah’s art include Ranjit Hoskote’s ‘Phrasing a New Colloquial of Images’ (Art Heritage exhibition catalogue, New Delhi, 1998) and Nancy Adajania’s ‘A Sister Grimm for our times’, in Art India Vol. 4 No. 4 (2000).


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