The Luxe Cafe by Kanika Anand

If you though art exhibits were all about creativity showcased on white walls, you’ve got another think coming. Installed at Nivasa, Touch is an exhibition of lithographs, serigraphs, collographs and woodcuts, that breaks from the convention of presenting art in ‘white cube’ gallery spaces, creating instead, exhibits in pseudo-living spaces simulating the presence of art in a private domestic exterior. The exhibition is a celebration of the laborious process of creating fine art prints. Focusing on the materiality of the print, it gathers a selection of unique & limited edition prints that luxuriate in the textures and surfaces of the everyday. Each artwork complements the spirit of a specific piece of furniture. The exhibit features the works of young artists Avni Bansal, Geeta Bisht, Maripelly Praveen Goud, Rayan Abreu, Piyush Aggrawal, Prathap Modi and Subrat Kumar Behera who were invited to draw on the idea of home and the everyday—the moods and memories of the domestic environment. The markings and scratches, the chemicals and inks that are pressed, bled or contained in order to leave a desired impression on a surface, paired with Nivasa’s line of furniture contribute to a cornucopia of textures that create a dramatic experience. While some artists focus on line and form, others dwell on allegory and narration as reference points of inspiration. Parked is a series of collaborative art concept pop-ups, with a roving format that mutates in accordance with a spatial setting and/or theme. Nivasa is a design boutique that has been creating ‘Art for living spaces’ for the last 20 years. The brand is known for building spaces with their bespoke furniture and designs.

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Marigold Diary by Anandi Paliwal by Kanika Anand

Saturday was hectic but whose complaining…… our  WIDEA artisans’ workshop was fantastic, visited a beautiful newly launched home accessories store and viewed this amazing print making art pop-up…….. TOUCH/Parked@Nivasa.

There I met Kanika Anandan independent art writer and the show’s curator. Armed with a Masters in Art History from the National Museum Institute, India and curatorial fellowship from the Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, 2012-13; this 31 yrear old impressed me while talking about her trajectory, extensively with galleries and alternative spaces in the United States, France and India. Has infact for a while been contributing to international publications like Art IndiaDaily Serving and the Sunday Guardian. And is currently serving as Associate Curator for the Artist Pension Trust (Global/Mumbai).

For the show, she invited a group of young printmakers who drew on the idea of home, everyday moods and memories, accentuated with the warmth and familiarity that their domestic environments evoked. Here the markings and scratches, the chemicals and inks pressed, bled or contained left a desired impression on a surface, which beautifully complimented Nivasa’s furniture.

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