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Chennai art show brings together works of 45 Indian artists


Value Beyond 2.0, showcasing work, sculptures and limited-edition serigraphs, has one thing that everybody can relate to

Value Beyond 2.0, showcasing work, sculptures and limited-edition serigraphs, has one thing that everybody can relate to

SH Raza’s Shanti, a 40×40-inch signed restricted version serigraph, is a group of ivory concentric circles. It unceremoniously attracts the viewer to it , however imbues a way of calm. Another of the legendary artist’s restricted version serigraphs, is wildly completely different — a brightly colored uplifting piece titled Rang Raas that options his signature geometric patterns. Both shall be on show at Value Beyond 2.0, a bunch exhibition that includes the works of 45 Indian artists at Chennai’s Gallery Veda from August 7 to September 12. 

Nandi sculpture in brass and bronze by Ratan Saha

Nandi sculpture in brass and bronze by Ratan Saha
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The show consists of work, installations and sculptures of established artists in addition to rising ones. Though assorted in kind and expression, the works have a standard narrative of positivity. “We have been through such tumultuous times that we need something hopeful. All the works on show carry a sense of vibrancy,” says Sapna Kar, one of the curators. 

Acrylic on canvas work titled Dancing Nandi by Vivek Kumawat

Acrylic on canvas work titled Dancing Nandi by Vivek (*45*)
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When Sapna and her co-curator Rajneeta Kewalramani put the show together, they checked out works that they believed in and felt would resonate with the viewers. The costs of the works are “within reach” for the client (beneath ₹3 lakh), although most of the up-and-coming artists showcasing their art are on an upward value trajectory, provides Sapna.

With over 80 artworks, the month-long exhibition performs freely with the power of colors, symmetries and visible language. “We wanted viewers to have a dialogue with the works, something that communicates with them,” says Sapna. 

Vatsya Padiya’s Chennaiscape

Vatsya Padiya’s Chennaiscape
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Artist Vatsya Padia’s Chennaiscape, a laser print and acrylic on acid-free paper, that depicts an in depth aerial view of Chennai, whereas Bhopal-based artist Sonam Sikarwar’s Future World collection has 9 works that depict a surreal marble-like sphere draped in diaphanous leaves and twig-like extensions. Narayan Lakshman’s elegant waterscapes seem easy on the floor, however are intricately layered whereas Narhari Bhawandla paints the ornately dressed village ladies of Telangana. As for Kisalay Vora’s Brahmand, an acrylic and metallic pins on canvas work, it’s a pragmatic tackle the concept of the cosmos.

An earlier version of the show was held at Gallery Veda in 2018 and the organisers are planning to make it an annual occasion. “The idea behind the show is to create an art stock which is relatable to people, to make it more universal… inclusive. For people to take back something they can put up on their walls,” says Preeti Garg, proprietor of Gallery Veda.

A preview of Value Beyond 2.0 shall be held on August 6 at 4pm. The show shall be on until August 12 at Gallery Veda, Nungambakkam.



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