Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The latest video by Pratul Dash, "The Story of a Landscape" (2010)

Opening : 29 October 2010, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Exhibition opens to the public November 01 - December 04, 2010.

Sponsored by Tamarind Art Council

The latest video by Pratul Dash, "The Story of a Landscape" (2010), in the gallery's main hall is an experimental fusion of live action and animation with digitally stitched landscape depicting two of the artist's oil paintings named, "Conch Blower" and "Man with a Camera". The work will extend and amplify the conscientious nature of Dash's recent work, demonstrating an evolution in Dash's practice, with elements not often seen in his past work such as the use of CG animation. The film opens with picturesque landscape, alluding crisscross sections of time and space. When idyllic representations are subverted by the artist's perception, the landscape becomes a site of haunted desolation.

As an artist who was born in a small town in India and migrated to bustling metropolis in his adult life, Dash's art is very sensitive to his environment, reflecting the socio-cultural ethos he inhabits and works from. "Life of a Double", a disturbing dual projection is a product of artist's endless quest to locate the urban and the existence of the human beings in the urban locale.

In "Reflection", the viewer can sense the pain caused by displacement of the self and the physical body, and the struggle of trying to exist in as familiar land as a rightful citizen rather than a refugee.

Pratul Dash is an artist on the rise both at home and internationally. Dash, (b. 1974, Orissa, India) has exhibited extensively in major international institutions and has received numerous awards including, the prestigious Industrial literature society, Biella, Italy in 2005 and a scholarship from the Inlaks Foundation in 2004; the M.F. Husain award from the College of Art, New Delhi, in 1998; and three annual awards from the B.K. College of Arts and Crafts, Bhubaneswar, in 1991, '92 and '93.

Select solo exhibitions by Dash include 'Human Spaces', Sarah Khan Contemporary Art, Schaan, Switzerland, 2010, 'Proxy Origin', Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2008, showcased at both the Indian Art Fair: India Art Summit:2008 and Art Expo India: 2008, 2009 by Ashok Art Gallery, 'Neo-Istoria' at Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2007; 'UNIDEE in Residency' at Cittadelarte, Italy, in 2004; and those at Krishna Collections Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2003; Triveni Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2001; and Rashtriya Lalit Kala Academy, Bhubaneswar, in 1995. Dash currently lives and works in New Delhi, India.

About Tamarind Art Gallery

Established in 2003, Tamarind Art is an innovative forum for Indian contemporary art that inspires and challenges global audiences to embrace an understanding and dialogue about art in today's day and age. Tamarind Art encourages broad-based practices, encompassing a myriad of realms such as painting, sculpture, photography, installations, and video art projects. In addition to showcasing high caliber art, our mission is to become the premiere resource center for gaining an understanding of Indian art and artists who engage themselves into a challenging spectrum of work. In dealing with global issues that reflect contemporary society's concerns while documenting today's reality, rendered in a veritable and expressive light, these artists yield artistic versatility to Tamarind Art.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

“Untitled II” by Pratul Dash. Pratul is published by Tamarind Art Gallery, which will be exhibiting at Booth # 626 at Artexpo New York 2010


Booth #626 at Artexpo

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Untitled II” by Pratul Dash. Pratul is published by Tamarind Art Gallery, which will be exhibiting at Booth # 626 at Artexpo New York 2010. Tamarind Art Gallery is a major advocate of contemporary Indian art, seeking to showcase high-caliber Indian works to western and global audiences.

Indian artist Pratul Dash uses a wide range of media to explore the social and ecological concerns of modern India. Born and raised in rural Orissa, he moved to New Delhi to study painting at the College of Art, graduating in 1998. The transition from his simple life to the complex urban environment of New Delhi made a strong impression on Pratul. His paintings and videos are an examination of the destruction wrought by urbanization and globalization on both the natural landscape and the human psyche.

Pratul says:

My works do not narrate any particular tale or have any obvious coherent narrative quality, yet they are the product of an endless quest to locate the urban and the existence of the human beings in the urban locale. I attempt to incorporate the irony of the developmental myth with the sublimity of human life.

With the rise of neo-capitalism, the strangeness and sameness of new urban culture is developing all over the country. This rapidly changing social landscape provides the backdrop to my paintings, in which I place myself as the receiver—either as a child who is a helpless observer of vast social construction (in terms of urban development and vertical growth), or/and an individual who probably realizes that within developmental work there is a sense of waste, decay and de-humanization.

The large color fields of my paintings provide a spatial limitlessness; indicate a unity of time and place; and embrace the conscious experience which travels from personal to psychological to social with a scent of the human tragedy in the hope to progress.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The exhibition LEBENS_RÄUME in Schaan is the first work of Pratul Dash to see who the ecological consequences of deforestation and global warming

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If you are around please join me the preview.
Switzerland phone: ++ 423/230 00 19 fax: ++ 423/232 14 65 mobile: ++ 423/79/33 5 99 Tue: 3 - 7 pm; Wed - Fr: 12 - 7 pm; Sa + So: 12 - 4 pm
18. February 2010 - 1 April 2010
OPENING THURSDAY, 18 February 2010, 18-20 Clock

SARAH KHAN CONTEMPORARY ART is pleased with the exhibition LEBENS_RÄUME the works of Indian contemporary artist Pratul Dash to be able to present them in their rooms.
Pratul Dash was born in 1974 in Burla, in the state of Orissa in eastern India. He received his bachelor's degree in 1995 at B.K. College of Arts & Crafts in Bhubaneswar before they took him into the Indian capital Delhi, where he three years later, in 1998, his MA from the College of Art in painting attained.
Pratul Dash is a contemporary artist who moved safely in all genres of art, so that his oeuvre sculptures, photographs, video works, performances, as well as exhibits. Preferably, however, he falls back on the genre in which he obtained both his academic degrees, to the painting. In order to make transparent its social criticism and political concerns, select Dash very powerful and intuitive form of presentation of the photo-realism. And this style is also in his nature. It is only through the photo-realism, he says, to find a language that moves him to shake up.
While Pratul Dash particularly in earlier works devoted to social themes with which he drew attention to the exploitation of migrant workers, poverty, human trafficking and the unnatural growth of cities in India to employ him at present environmental issues and their consequences at national level also more generally.
In the exhibition LEBENS_RÄUME in Schaan is the first work of Dash to see who the ecological consequences of deforestation and global warming, with the side effects of the degradation of landscapes and the drying up of water on it and for its illustration of both a micro and a macro-level dials: a micro level, the rise and fall on the basis of human decay shows and Marko level, as Dash points out, the video work LANDSCAPE, demonstrates how an idyllic landscape of a desert, a veritable graveyard is that the political metaphor of conversion to peace mutated into war. In addition, however, Pratul Dash LANDSCAPE video work is biographical in their ways, because not only are there very personal elements found their way, but she is 12 years after his graduation from the College of Art in New Delhi as the quintessence of his work to understand:
The inconspicuous horn players around, who sees the looming storm clouds and thus predicting the change from an idyll into the devastation, is a figure that accompanied the Pratul Dash during his childhood in the form of that Brahmin priest who blew every morning in Burla his horn to Start the day with ordinations. And just as the camera for Dash, as portrayed in the video, his most important work is the medium with which he captures his subjects and their complexity, the dip of Pratul realized in his video colors, its green, blue, pink color back in his paintings are on as well as the numerous migratory birds through the picture an inevitable part of Pratul oeuvre. But the lasting impression of the poster Acrylbilder Dash comes from his past. It dates from the time when Dash after his studies at the B.K College of Arts & Crafts in Bhubaneswar with the production of posters money.
The scholarship, was awarded the prestigious Pratul Dash 2004 by the Italian UNIDEE_Stiftung, which was created in 1998 by the Arte Povera artist Michelangelo Pistoletto launched, has given him a new one, a critical approach to art allows. This is reflected also 6 years after that settled in his work. How does the dash shown in the exhibition LEBENS_RÄUME work a balancing act between East and West, for example, in the shrill, bright shades of red oriental hand, found in a dignified, cold blues and greens of the West, the other expression.