Ten artists. One porch. Some lean towards spiritual interpretations,some showcase the essence of their work through live installations of pillows. If artist Leena Thadani creates layers of vibrant colours on canvas,photographer Shraddha Borawake lends an interesting perspective to reality through her camera lens and artist Vrushaket Salaskar presents figurative paintings. Today evening will be very different from the usual at High Spirits. The venue is being prepared for a lively art market – ‘The High Artitude’ – which,if things go according to plan,will turn out be a platform for creative minds and a way of making art more accessible to youngsters.
Paintings and photographs by artists Vijay Shelar,Amol Pawar,Vrushaket Salaskar,Leena Thadani,Shraddha Borawake,Nilesh Agarwal,Aly Sajan,Saurabh Khullar,Rahoul Chauhan,and Sneha Malani will be displayed at the cafe. Each artist has a different theme and way of working. As their works go on display,5 pm onwards,they hope to draw in the younger generation,keen to learn and understand art in its varied shades. “It’s an informal setting and meant for everybody. We need more such initiatives because galleries are very institutionalised and attract only the ‘arty’ crowd. But,art is not supposed to be elitist. The whole point of creating art is to showcase it to a wide audience,” opines Borawake. While living in the US,Borawake expertly wielded her camera to capture the yearly pillow fight at Union Square,New York. “It’s basically a massive pillow fight on the streets wherein people bring their own pillows and just have fun. It always takes place in spring – it’s like American Holi,” she describes. Her work is installation-based and thus she will install two pillows at the venue. “Anyone who feels inspired enough to want to have a pillow fight can take a go at it,” she adds with a smile.
Thadani,whose inspiration comes from colours,is putting up her ‘yellow’ line. “Summer’s approaching and the paintings are in keeping with the season – very young and fresh. I want youngsters to be engaged by my work this time,” says Thadani,who is based in Nigeria. She picked up the paint brush on a whim and hasn’t been able to put it down ever since. “For this art market,I’ve taken my pictures of my paintings and digitally altered them. Art should be affordable hence the digital showcase,” says Thadani whose inspirations are Salvador Dali,Kandinsky and S H Raza. Salaskar,agreeing on the wider reach of art through such an initiative,says,”A lot many cafes and hotels are incorporating art in their ambience. It’s a successful concept.” To add to the entire mood of the evening,sitarist Paco Rodriguez will do what he’s best at – present the ‘Sitarsonic’ project which mixes electronica and the sitar.