At the Stroke of a Hue

The journey that led to this exhibition began a year ago,when Pooja Aggarwal and Aparajita Jain Mahajan enrolled for Tai Chi lessons at Lodhi Garden.

Written by Vandana Kalra | Published: March 4, 2012 12:06 am

The journey that led to this exhibition began a year ago,when Pooja Aggarwal and Aparajita Jain Mahajan enrolled for Tai Chi lessons at Lodhi Garden. The two bonded over martial art and as they discovered their artistic inclinations,they planned organise an exhibition. Delhi-based art historian and curator Elizabeth Rogers was roped in to curate and the outcome is a show titled “The Line In Between”,which opened at Alliance Francaise De Delhi on Friday evening.

“Our aesthetics connected strongly. We are both soul artists,” says Aggarwal. A graduate from College of Art,Delhi,she trained in glass blowing from Pittsburg Glass Center,US. The 29-year-old declined a career in graphic and textile designing to pursue art. “I wanted to reconnect with something more primal,” she adds,glancing at her artwork. Inspired by her sojourns to Mount Kailash and Barcelona,the abstract strokes form figurative images that are rather amorphous. If in The Aerophants,elephants seem to be taking a flight,in The Dive of the Divine,protagonists reach out to each other against a backdrop occupied by blue tidal waves.

Nature also dominates Mahajan’s oeuvre. Innumerable diminutive strokes appear as footprints in Morning Walk and the crumpled handmade paper of Unfolding Crevics gives the patterns a sculptural appearance. The installations have cascading wires knotted together with blocks of paper painted with abstract patterns in acrylic. “I like to stick to the basics and paper allows for a lot of manipulation,” says the 31-year-old graduate from Rhode Island School of Design,who made her debut in the art world with an exhibition called “A long Short Cut” in Hyderabad in 2009.

While the two intend to organise more exhibitions together and continue to share notes on art,they are looking forward to the feedback. Words of praise did come from Aruna Vasudev,founder-president of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema,who was present at the opening. “The show is impressive. The two know what they want to do,” she said.

The exhibition at Alliance Francaise De Delhi is on till March 6. Contact: 43500200

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