Sunday, March 2, 2008

A chic new gallery, Dhruv Mistry and the starry sky

This Saturday I was at the inauguration of Windmill art gallery. With an aim to promote upcoming artists in painting, photography and the design arts, the opening show showcased the work of Joginder Singh an architect with a passion for photography. The images were stark, created by built form.

What caught my attention was Dhruv Mistry’s stainless steel sculpture placed in the garden. It was a rare treat for a student of sculpture like me, as I have always admired his work in catalogues. In an age when most artists are creating conceptual and virtual art, Dhruv’s sculpture remains rooted in experiencing form in its purest state. The sculpture was dynamic in the sense that every angle provided a different form. As we moved around it Dhruv encouraged us to sit on it and experience the form.

The setting and space of the new gallery is exciting also because it is housed in the building which is office of architectural firm Pradeep Sachdeva Design Associates which is instrumental in giving Delhi places like Dilli Haat and Garden of Five Senses. With over 300 different species of plants, two dogs, eight ducks and countless bright stars this places promises to become a platform to share many ideas.

The exhibition is on till the 30 March from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm. (closed on sundays) at 5 windmill place, Ayanagar, New Delhi 47.

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