Sunny Side-Up by Puja Bahri
‘Sunny Side up’ or I would rather say crowd puller at the Palate Fest. The installation by Puja Bahri, engaged the audience with its interesting formation and texture making them curious. Made of fiber, paint, and wax gel, the fried egg in the installation left a sense of connection amongst the viewers that spunned into discussions and photo mania. `` Art doesn't necessarily have to have a serious message to be effective. Something that makes us look with new eyes makes us wonder, makes us angry or happy,`` says the artist.
Spiralling inspiration - Cosmic Chants by Arti Zaveri at the Palate Fest
The artist designed the installation keeping the rhythm of sound and life in her mind. The towering installation, almost 20ft tall, made the viewers halt and think about human existence. “Sound, thoughts evoked : thoughs invokes. Sound.. the physicallity of it. Sound.. the stillness of it. ‘I’ and ‘We’ within the sound. The awareness of the self. The realization of the self. The tuning of oneself to the rhythm of sound.”, she explains her Art piece.
A documentation of Global Nomadic Art Project
GNAP, Global Nomadic Art Project, was a nomadic project of Natural Art that was created by the artist while traveling through Gujrat exploring culture and history and using the same as their base and Nature as their source. The documentation of the project, curated by Somu Desai, focused on the artistic imagination for nature in the fields.
It was a revelation for a lot of visitors at the Imagine 2017 to know how Nature could be a source of Art pieces.
'Down the Sky & Upon to Earth' by Somu Desai
The natural Art Installation was based on the documentation of the Global Nomadic Tribe Project, India 2016. This ‘Art in the Park’ project emphasized on how an Art piece could be created from things around us. The artist had installed the piece with materials in his surroundings like plants, stones, pots etc.
The work echoes the questions Desai carries along on the issue of Development- “Are we really developing or is it just an Idea? Does our idea of development include responsibility towards nature? Is development going to make our lives easy or are we getting into a more complicated life?”, Desai's intonation is not a conclusive statement but a series of questions to oneself.
'Echo of an Echo' by Unnati Singh
In the installation, Unnati has provoked a sense of fragility and fear that is shadowed in our sheltered life. She refers to the loss of privacy in today’s life and points at the vulnerability to the unfamiliar environment. “This installation is a symbol of the fear that is induced due to external threats and how the internal space is affected.”, she says.
Contd.. a close look at Echo of an Echo by Unnati Singh
Unnati has used a set of discarded chairs which once was a part of her domestic use, finding a certain cultural association in the carving. By nailing it intensely, the artist has transformed these unilateral pieces from mere domestic objects into hieroglyphics of threats. She stretched white threads connecting the two chairs that seemed to question the space in between. “The potent embroidered words on the cushions carry a profound post-apocalyptic sensation,`` says the artist.
'Intervention' by Gunjan Tyagi
Installed with an old door and a log of wood, installation marks the variability of human nature. Comparing it to the animals, Gunjan talks about the nature of encroachment in humans. How humans are expanding by taking over nature and how nature expresses its comparison back by intervention in humankind. “This is an ongoing process since ages and it has influenced our understanding of ecosystem”, says the artist.
The catchy blue color door and ambiguousness of the log attracted the visitor’s eyes, and they took photographs galore.
Sailing Ideas by Aarti Zaveri
The installation made merely with twigs, branches and dried out wood, does complete justice to ‘Art in the Park’ project. Her artwork is a simple representation of what she feels about life, “all of us grow in different ways but at the end we all converge in the idea of unity”. She has aimed this piece to be more a visual creation than a deep philoshical conclusion.
Young Arts4All by Arts4All at the Imagine Fest
Arts4All curated YAFA, Young Arts4All, an exhibition of the budding artists at the Imagine Fest. One side were the photographs captured by a 15-year-old photographer, Devina Bahri, on the other side were clay modeled sculptures by 13yrs old Anya Goyal. The works of these young girls showed that there’s no age to create and follow your heart’s calling. “I carry my camera along wherever I go and capture whatever pleases my eyes irrespective of the surroundings”, said the school going photographer.
‘Open-air Art Exhibit’ at Imagine Fest
An open-air art exhibition by 17 young artists broke the stereotypical gallery approach towards the Artworks. Curated by Megha Madaan, this exhibit of paintings, sculptures, prints, and ceramics called out a lot of crowd at the Imagine Fest. Getting the works out of a four-walled room and displaying them in the open area was the catch point. “It was difficult to convince the artist, but once they did, they went home happy”, said the curator.