Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Re-post of Zen Marie

This is a fun post by an fellow artist who had done an installation at 1 Shanti Road. http://www.1shanthiroad.com/

Re-Post from art and deal - "AUTO-MOBILE-ART", by Sandhya Annaiah

Re-post of Caravan Magazine - Let’s Talk About Autos Only Shankar Nag fandom and contemporary Kannadiga identity , By SHARANYA

Re-posting from Bangalore Mirror "What You See When You See: Art on autorickshaws -Mobile visions of desire" By: Suresh Jayaram

Autobacks... a blog by Mayur Polepalli.

Stumbled upon this catalog of paintings done at the back window of autos in Bangalore. A vast collection that is a decade old...

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Route of Along the Way... for the next week

Monday : 11th May

Mantri Mall
Shriram Puram
Sujata Theater

Navrang Theater
Rajaji Nagar
Chamundi Nagar
Chord Road
West of Chord Road
Kirloskar Colony
ISKON Temple

Margosa road
Sampige Road
ESI Hospital

Tuesday : 12th May

KR market
Avenue Road
BVK Iyengar Road

National Market
Kapali Theater
Gandhi Nagar

Utility Building
Poornima Theater
Vision Cinema
Shanthi Nagar
Wilson Garden
Hokey Stadium

Wednesday : 13th May

Manyata Tech Park

HRBR Layout
Kalyan Nagar
CV Raman Nagar
KR Puram
Phynix Mall
White Field
Vartur Road

Thursday : 14th May

Vivek Nagar Busstand
Vivek Nagar Church
Asian Games Village
Sony World Signal

Wipro Park
Koramangala Blocks
St. John's Hospital
Madiwala Iyappan Temple

Meenakshi Mall
Silk Board
Forum Mall

Friday : 15th May

Ring Road round trip stops

BEL circle
Mysore Road
Dr. Rajkumar Memorial
Sarjapura Road

Saturday : 16th May

Victoria Hospital
Tippu Hospital
Chamraj Nagar

Vani Vilas

Bull Temple
Ramakrishna Matt

South End Circle
Jeyanagar Blocks
NMKRU College
RV Institutes
JP Nagar

Day by day

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Along the way... - a mobile, public art installation

As an artist, I’m interested in the non-institutionalised artistic practices of India that have the profusion and vibrancy of colour, the force of raw emotion, an endearing quality of naivety and an essence of spontaneity that beautifully meld to create an arresting visual. I’ve always been struck, fascinated and stimulated by this visual language. The interest and wonder for work of this quality has lead me to first and foremost to travel across the country to understand the dynamics of creation, its place in the society, its sources like folklore and mythology.
Over fifteen years, I’ve collected products created for local consumption like educational posters, matchboxes, textiles, knickknacks and photographed images of decorations on trucks, bullock carts and autorickshaws to educate and understand the sensibilities that guide and infuse the creation of these works with such character. This process has laid the ground for my own artistic interventions, which has made me rethink my own skills of fashion and textile design, pattern-making and weaving to find parallels to make studied versions of these indigenous and local crafts.
In my current work, Along the way..., I work with one my most loved expressions – decorative vehicle art. Over the past eight years of living in Bangalore – a major commercial hub – I’ve learnt to appreciate and distinguish the point of origin of these decorations on trucks and other vehicles based on the stylistic choices.  The choice of the patterns, the brush strokes, decorative embellishments, colour, proportion and accessorising, which change based on the region of origin.
This underlying interest alerted me to the other kinds of decorative vehicle art and I began to look at autorickshaw art that is prevalent in Bangalore. I began to photograph the various expressions of this art form and slowly began to learn and teach myself to overarching aesthetic and detailing. I’ve spent the last two years collaborating with executioners known as “liners” of this art practice to create my own autorickshaw art using the inherent qualities of the form but pushing it in content, colour, style and material to create something new.
The major motivation of my artistic practice is to dialogue with the city as well as to stimulate conversation, to draw the city’s attention away from the glitzy promises of modernity to the intimacy of the crafts. Along the way... is a fruition of that desire to converse by playing with the visualness of the autorickshaw in order to allow people to see the form in its exaggerated glory, to be surprised or to talk among themselves. 

Joinery details in Bengaluru's auto-rickshaws

Making of 'Along the way...' installation

Chandrakumar, my collaborator in "Along the way" - installation

Kumar as we call him is a "liner" from Shivaji Nagar's Darga Compound industrial cluster. I have been working with Kumar for the past three months for my art project "along the way". Above images are of his latest commissioned auto-rickshaw interiors. The owner of the auto-rickshaw has gotten an commercial artist Hidhayat also to work on this to decorate areas his stylized flora and fauna and names of his family members. 

Bengaluru - Decorative Auto-rickshaw art

The autorickshaw didn’t come fully made from the factory, it needed to be taken to a workshop to be fitted with a roof and to get the seats upholstered, this basic requirement has evolved into a craft cluster. Over two decades ago, autorickshaws were decorated with paintings at the rear window and posters or rexine-clad interiors and now, it is has become a separate industry concentrated in six hubs across the city – Nagawara, Shivaji Nagar, Mysore Road, Krishnaraja Market, Neelsandra and Krishnarajapuram. It has over time developed its own visual language that is eclectic and hybrid in expression representing the collaborative spirit of the making. These hubs are a cluster of auto financiers, brokers, spare parts and motor accessories shops, upholstery establishments, welders, tinkers, film poster painters, vinyl stickering artists and metal fabricators.
The final beautiful product is the working together of a network of liners, welders, tinkers, film poster painters, vinyl stickering artists, metal fabricators and craftsmen. The art on these autorickshaws spans floral decorative patterns, national and regional sentiments, family names, religious and popular cinema iconography as well as quirky one-liners like “Love is sweet poison”. The practitioners of this artform, or liners, who create the canopy roof also create interiors of the autorickshaws using rexine as the base material and the elaborate designs and patterns are a result of techniques such as appliqué, quilting and piping.
Today, the decorative autorickshaw art involves a lot of manipulating of different fabrics besides rexine, patterning, stitching, and quilting. It even includes electrical work and metal fabrication, at times. The resulting design of the autorickshaw is a collaborative process between the owner of the vehicle and the liner, the name given to these skilled practitioners. It is the result of constant negotiation between the skill of the liner, the budget, the availability and possibility of the fabrics.