In the art lane

Contemporary artist Bose Krishnamachari’s Maximum Nano is one of the highlights of Saffronart’s Travel and Leisure online auction on July 29.

Written by Pallavi Chattopadhyay | Published: July 23, 2013 5:59 am

Contemporary artist Bose Krishnamachari’s Maximum Nano – a car installation that uses bright colours to evoke the myriad hues and emotions of India – is one of the highlights of Saffronart’s Travel and Leisure online auction on July 29. Like Krishnamachari,several artists have used cars as their canvas,using leather,copper,steel and brass to tell a story.

Leather Connect

One of the surprising projects that greeted visitors at the entrance of the fifth edition of India Art Fair this year in the Capital was Replacement by Bangladeshi artist Mahbubur Rahman. It was an elaborate arrangement of an Ambassador,swathed in leather from thousands of used army boots. Its rear end almost seemed as if the car was spewing boots,impressing connoisseurs and amateurs alike.

India’s Art Car

Keeping in line with his well-known abstract idiom,this Tata Nano painted by Bose Krishnamachari made sure it grabbed visitors’ attention at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale last year.

Skeletal Car

It was in 2008 that Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat came up with a life-sized skeleton car,Collidonthus,made of steel and brass. Talking about his work that was part of India Art Fair,he says,“The starting point for this was in the early 2000s when I was going through a small photo-archive of vehicles that were torched during riots. Many a times during protests,cars are burnt. While it may appear to be anger,it is a projection of human folly.”

Copper Effect

Bangalore-based artist Yusuf Arakkal’s car — built using his prized possession of a 1956 Fiat Millicento car — turned several heads during the second edition of the India Art Festival in November at Mumbai last year. His love for his car only strengthened his determination to not sell his car like several others over the years and compelled him to take the decision of converting it into a work of art instead. After getting rid of its engine and gearbox,Arakkal replaced its original body with sparkling copper,right from the bonnet to the rear end. He fondly referred to it as “Arto-mobile”.

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