ChampaTree Art Gallery presents
A room full of phools
फूलों से भरा कमरा
ABHIJIT SAIKIA | BALAJI PONNA | KEERTI POOJA | MANISHA AGRAWAL
NEHAL DESAI | RAJU THOTA | SAMIR MOHANTY | SANJAY BISWAL
SHIVAM KHANDELWAL | SONALI LAHA | VENKATESH DHULI
Gallery Champa Tree is pleased to present “A Room Full of Phools”, a group exhibition of the most recent works of eleven contemporary artists – Abhijit Saikia, Balaji Ponna, Keerti Pooja, Manisha Agrawal, Nehal Desai, Raju Thota, Samir Mohanty, Sanjay Biswal, Shivam Khandelwal, Sonali Laha & Venkatesh Dhuli, with an opening reception on August 4, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. onwards at the gallery premises in Greater Kailash II.
Around 24 artworks (paintings, drawings & sculptures) will be on display for the exhibition showcasing artists working with a vast range of mediums, such as, oil & acrylic on canvas; watercolor on wasli paper; tea water, charcoal, gauche & watercolor on paper; oil on coated linen; acrylic & glass marker on canvas; preserved twigs, flower petals & feathers; acrylic color on box; fiberglass.
The exhibition will be on view until September 3, 2023.
‘A Room Full of Phools’ a sensory journey, where fragrances intertwine with art to narrate stories of life, love, memories, and observations.
In the realm of sensory wonders, every corner of our world, from the heart of the kitchen to the verdant gardens, markets, places, books, and our favourite things, all exude an ethereal fragrance that transcends time and space. Amidst this olfactory tapestry, our cherished memories weave their aromatic tales, enveloping us in a poetic symphony of scents, creating an artistic
ode to the essence of life itself. Many poets, artists, and writers revered flowers as the mistress of fragrances; in historical fiction, Sherlock Holmes can identify a variety of tobacco by its aroma; while in the world of nature Pheromones are used as a form of communication by bees. Smells have a strong connection to emotions and can trigger a plethora of feelings, such as happiness, nostalgia, disgust, or comfort and evoking powerful memories. Presently, our city’s atmosphere is immersed in a symphony of clouds, carrying with them the delightful aromas of flowers and
the refreshing scent of rain. These captivating scents evoke the rich histories and cherished memories of Delhi and cities elsewhere.
This exhibition invites viewers to experience the evocative power of scents, igniting powerful emotional responses and stirring long-forgotten memories. Through a collection of artistic expressions, we seek to celebrate the essence of nature and life’s mysteries by awakening a profound appreciation for the sensory world, connecting us to our past, and illuminating the magic of fragrances that thread through the tapestry of our lives.
‘A Room Full of Phools’ brings together a diverse group of 11 contemporary artists, each offering their unique perspectives and interpretations as they explore the fascinating world of fragrances and their profound impact on human existence
On view : 05th August ~ 03rd September 2023
ChampaTree Art Gallery presents
Why do cicadas sing?
Chintada Eswara Rao | Gayatri Halder | Mahavir Wadhwana I Navanshu Kumar | Neelima Nath OP | Prasad Shrikant Mestri | Prithwish Daw
Curated by Keerti Pooja
Gallery Champa Tree is pleased to present “Why do cicadas sing?”, an exhibition of the recent works
of seven young artists Chintada Eswara Rao, Gayatri Halder, Mahavir Wadhwana,
Navanshu Kumar, Neelima Nath OP, Prasad Shrikant Mestri, and Prithwish Daw, curated by Keerti Pooja.
Showcasing a selection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures with an opening reception on April 14, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at the gallery premises in Greater Kailash, the exhibition will be on view till June 01, 2023.
As we travel through the maze and labyrinthine lanes of our lives as human beings, we experience the many complex layers of our existence. Through the guiding beacon of experiences, we unfold our own senses in the process. Traversing through the buzzing inner thoughts, we consciously calm the chaos and try to hear the voice resounding within. The narrative of this show is weaved to experience the innate, intimate inner voices of these brilliant seven artists culminated through their visual language. Their artworks converse with their thoughts like painted poetry and sing them to us as the songs of their inner thoughts.
These emerging artists, fresh with their degrees, come to the front to tell their unheard stories. The show envisions the amalgamating existence of the young voices in the current world masked by capitalism, symbolized through the metaphor of the singing Cicadas, whose humming we hear only in nocturnal settings.
On view : 15th April ~ 01st June 2023
ChampaTree Art Gallery presents
Madhu Venugopalan | Ravi Kumar Chunchula
Gallery Champa Tree is pleased to present Transcendental Chronicles, an exhibition of the most recent works of artists Madhu Venugopalan and Ravi Kumar Chunchula. Showcasing a selection of drawings and paintings (about 30 works) with an opening reception on February 4, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at the gallery premises in Greater Kailash, the exhibition will be on view till March 15, 2023.
The works of both the artists, Ravi and Madhu share a magnified focus on the intricacies of the lives of the working class in the present landscape of time. With the struggle to attain an existential balance as the axis, both the artists approach their art with a sensibility observant yet humane, allowing every individual character to emanate multiple personalities, an emblematic collective of different places and characters with masks in and out concurrently. The works capture and exhibit the nuances leading the circle of life through progression and balance.
Outlining insights into the delicate balance existing in the human consciousness, intelligence, and idiocy, both the artists bring out the synergy and contrast of natural and systematic living with their works. Their practice is woven around the consciousness of the social and metaphysical aspects of the human existence, hoping to bring a definition to the rules of transcendentalism of simplistic living, self-reliance, spirituality, while addressing the abiding importance of nature
in their works.
Madhu Venugopalan’s ongoing series “An Antique Piece of Love” presents the visuals of his everyday encounters with people, reflecting the harmony of art, agriculture and nature with the depiction of these groups in a state of homeostasis (Samasthithi). Homeostasis is any process used by living things to actively maintain fairly stable conditions necessary for survival. In another painting, the artist employs the imagery of a group of people trying to balance above rudimentary
tools to symbolize the consistency in daily routines as a means to a happy life. Ravi Chunchula pinpoints the nature of our worldly desires and the problems resulted with them through satirical performances of the bourgeois.
Ravi stresses the importance of natural and social consciousness and the concepts of the good and the bad, both hidden in the realm of consciousness with captivating imageries in his works. He states that
triggering each and every sense is the basic rule of conscious living. His works express the visual metaphors of social consciousness concurring with natural consciousness in the current society.
It is these insightful inquiries about the lives of the commoners and the powerful in order to attain a rhythm, order, and the self-reliance of human existence portrayed in Madhu’s and Ravi’s works that the Transcendental Chronicles invites
you to experience.
On view from 5th February to 15th March, 2023
ChampaTree Art Gallery presents
Garland of Memories
Recent works featuring artists Keerti Pooja and Srinivas Pulagam.
Srinivas Pulagam’s works delve into the histories of ancient India and architectural elements of the temple structures of Hindu pantheons. The animals represented as the vehicles of the gods are central to his paintings and juxtaposed to the structures in multi-layered elements. Srinivas lets the animals in his work be revered similarly to the Gods, placing them on pedestals with worshiping devotees, focusing on the temple and its structure; whereas Keerti Pooja’s works revolve around people in the bazaars near the temples. Her fascination with their daily jobs makes her romanticize and depict delicate details of their hands enlarged to draw the viewer’s gaze to the people engaged in mundane chores. She chooses objects of the daily wagers and migrants, placing them in baskets as if to defy gravity, highlighting the fragrances of their delicate lives entangled in their busy livelihoods. She puts the spotlight on the markets that surround these places of worship, where men and women sitting around weave garlands for the Gods and auspicious events.
In a juxtaposition of histories, biographies, and in a continuum of traditions these artists with their own memories weave the garlands of imaginative worlds to construct visuals reflective of the suburban backgrounds and present-day practices. Both look at the marginalized, migrants, or overlooked elements and bring them to the forefront, enlarging and emphasizing them. Adding memories, histories, happiness, and hardships in a settled and ascetic manner. The serenity of the people and animals in crowded and isolated compositions adds multiple dimensions to the onlooker standing before it.
In Support of ARTS4ALL
On View till 25th September 2022
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