Gallery Ark opened “Hindsight 20/20” in an intimate, socially distanced preview on 15 October. The exhibition brings together a suite of multimedia artworks by four of the gallery’s roster artists, all of whom are graduates of the Faculty of Fine Arts, The M S University of Baroda. “Hindsight 20/20” is Gallery Ark’s first major physical exhibition since the nation-wide lockdown. The title of the exhibition is a wistful yet tongue-in-cheek take on the collective mood; the artworks on display are recent productions, reflecting the artists’ introspection and responses to the last six months. The visually delightful artworks have been attractively priced, with most falling under the INR 20,000 /- bracket to encourage a fresh demographic of collectors to engage. The exhibition can also be enjoyed virtually through Gallery Ark’s Online Viewing Room.
“Hindsight 20/20” has been curated to present an intimate view of the four artists’ practices as well as their adaptation and interventions through this extraordinary year. Deepak Agasthya presents a suite of dazzling, minimalist paintings while Teja Gavankar’s drawings and miniature brass sculptures articulate her introspection and research on ideas of movement and change. Mrugen Rathod has moved away from his familiar large-scale format, to share a series of maquettes and preparatory drawings for his “J-Point” series. Vimal Ambaliya brings a series of jewel-like, small format acrylic on paper paintings as well as his recent, brooding “Black Series”, charcoal on paper drawings, created during the lockdown months.
The curatorial note for the exhibition summarises the premise of the exhibition saying – “The works by all four artists in this show share a common thread of personal explorations in concepts of space and form, influenced by their individual philosophical and aesthetic inquiries. Most of the works in the show have been created by the artists recently, in the last six months. The time spent in forced isolation and social distancing is reflected in their approach to viewing abstract notions of time, space and movement and how they ascribe value to these notions.”
Commenting on the response following the exhibition launch, Gallery Director Nupur Dalmia said – “We had a vision for the first exhibition with the four artists, so we took our time to map this out with great care. I’m happy to share we’ve had strong interest and conversions on the sales front, which is always a good note to start on. Our commitment lies entirely towards supporting promising talent. We take the faith placed by the artists in us, very seriously and are happy to see our base growing despite the challenges of the recent months.”
The exhibition will be on view at Gallery Ark till 15 December 2020, with visits by prior appointment.
About Gallery Ark
Gallery Ark was founded in 2017 by Seema and Atul Dalmia, as a natural progression of their passion and patronage of the arts for over a decade. The gallery, now at the helm of Nupur Dalmia is housed in Ark – a building designed by the architect Aniket Bhagwat. Gallery Ark promotes the accessibility of contemporary art and brings a sense of identity to the ever-growing artistic community of Vadodara by hosting various performances and exhibitions that promote artists at all levels. The space has become a cultural hub, creating a platform for contemporary art and multidisciplinary collaborations including music, dance and theater – as well as promoting conversations on patronage.
In the last three years, Ark has hosted 13 curated exhibitions including artists like Ganesh Gohain, Jyoti Bhatt, K.G Subrahmanyan, Alexander Gorlizki, Jethro Buck along with younger artists like Sarasija Subramanian, Moonis Ahmad Shah, Arshad Hakim, and Svabhu Kohli. As a part of its gallery programme, Gallery Ark also hosts several collateral events like lectures by stalwart academics including B. N. Goswamy, Kavita Singh, and Tapati Guha Thakurta.