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Play Ball and Swing…. !!

The ongoing exhibition at Thomas Robertello Gallery by John Delk swings hard (in a subtle balancing manner). The works explore the dual ideas of permanent and temporary character of objects. It also makes us thinks on the lines that every object, animate or inanimate have a life in them and everything in this world is subjected to degradation.

The works are static but there is an element of kinetic motion in them. It did remind of my physics class where I learnt that every object has potential energy that is converted into kinetic energy when the object is set in motion. This show defines that instantaneous moment  when object is about to move. 

Using unusual materials like ice cube slab, flowers and glass bottles the SWING does go for a homerun.


Art bash is the annual student exhibition of freshman students of SAIC curated by faculty. It was really an AMAZING show. There were many heavily conceptual works of young talented artists of SAIC. Some works were so heavy that it went bonkers over my head. It felt like Einstein explaining 10 year old kid ‘theory of relativity’. Though there were a few that I could comprehend but rest were “I dont know whats going on” types. May be I have to go back to my history books and revise my post-modernist art. Interesting thing was to see students are really interested in installation art and performance art. 

So clearly ‘performance art’ who is usually the underdog in art world was shining but our star performer ‘painting’ didn’t perform upto the mark, I guess Michael Fried’s prophecy of ‘death of painting’ is going to come true. 



“Aye Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahan
Zara Hat Ke Zara Bach Ke, Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan…”

– lyrics, 1956 film C.I.D., performed by Mohammed Rafi and Geeta Dutt.

This is how I guess Sir Sudhir Patwardhan would like to sum up his artist statement. This lecture was a presentation of paintings by Sudhir Patwardhan related to his experience living in a ‘hot and happening’ city like Mumbai. He expresses his remorse at the present condition but his paintings thrives on the issues the city is facing. He is glorifying the ‘present condition’ and elevating it to a artistic level so that people start noticing it.

He also spoke about the mindset an artist should have while creating a scene or any art for that matter. He elaborates this topic by taking into consideration the structure of a painting other than the compositional or formal aspects . By structure he meant how the thoughts are arranged, whether the medium used justifies the subject and whether are we paying the price for drawing the subject (this one was pretty interesting one).

Personally, I was in awe! Meeting a great artist whose works you have only seen in books. Now you are sitting right in front from him. Watching him talk on your favorite subject.

Its like a superhero from a comicbook coming to life. Also to click a snap with him, to ‘show off’ your friends in Facebook.

It cant get better than this!! 😀

Namaste SAIC: Namaste SAIC is a student organization in The School of the Art Institute of Chicago dedicated to promoting cultural unity and social interaction. It celebrates diversity while exposing India as a country and it’s ways of doings. This organization is a conglomeration of the festivals, food, culture, traditions, entertainment, mythology and every fun and interesting aspect of India. You do not have to be Indian or know anything about India to join us! All we ask for is your interest and participation if you’re eager to learn about us.

Nora Taylor: Professor and Alsdorf Chair of South and Southeast Asian Art, Art History, Theory and Criticism (2007); BA, Brown University, 1984, MA, PhD, Cornell University, 1997.


The recent lecture of the lecture series ‘Conversations with art and science’ at SAIC was given by Nicholas Negroponte.

Who is Nicholas Negroponte???
well for those who don’t know him he is kinda the Picasso of the ‘art and tech’ world. The one who initiated the one laptop per child program and he is the founding brain behind MIT media labs (that’s why I called him Picasso).

The lecture was mainly on his entrepreneurial journey of ‘one laptop per child program’, how he went about in doing it, the challenges he met, his failures and the future of that entrepreneurship program. He talked about computer is the marriage of art and science. He also talked about the history of MIT media lab sprinkled with anecdotes of how critics mocked the experiments conducted at MIT labs in 1980s and Steve jobs & other visionaries, identifying their potential, supported them.
The thought provoking topic he touched as an entrepreneur was defining the difference between a market and a mission. We can’t cater the needs of both the worlds: profit and non profit sector (that are like north and south poles). This is an important aspect, of classifying your business idea early on and whatever choice we make it doesn’t matter.
If your business idea is gonna save the world you’ll be the SuperMan, GREAT!!! If its gonna save the stock market and you’ll be the Steve Jobs(indirectly Superman).

PS: Today’s world is driven by stock market. But being batman is an option that doesn’t exist. (According Mr. Negroponte’s theory)

Artist: Ashley Claire

Gallery: Chicago Culture Center


I didn’t spend too much time here, but overall it seemed like my niece’s toys suddenly grew big. It was like Ashley Claire used a machine to blew up her kid’s toy (just like in the movie “Honey, I blew up the Kid”). The works were colorful, gay, playful and really BIG. I left the room with a smile on my face and I’m sure kids would love to see this. It kinda gives you a glimpse of the world from a kid’s eye. Something InterestingImageImage

Artist: Craig  Norton

Carl Hammer Gallery

740 N Wells Street

Chicago, 60654

This is Craig Norton’s first Solo show in Chicago and he has really impressed the audience with his Mixed Media three dimensional Wall Art.

In Dropping Mom Off at the Old folks Home, Norton draws attention to the insecurities that come with old age. He also highlights the mentality of our society towards old people. We think of them as an outcast and neglect them.

His works are mainly a combination of drawings and collages layered on top of wood cutouts. The work touch the Robert Rauschenberg’s idea of ‘combines’. Each work stands out from the wall as they are framed in a box. Few others are like sculptures. The gallery space is transformed into an open landscape where each work stands out individually yet connected in a poetic manner. There are intricate details in each work which are just mind-blowing.

Its really unbelievable that that Craig Norton is a self taught Artist.


Artist: Shawn Decker

Chicago Cultural Center

Shawn Decker’s recent exhibition at the chicago cultural center mainly focuses on recreating the natural environment that has become extinct like the dinosaurs. This is an attempt to bring us close to nature. It makes us realize of the “Art” that is there in the world outside the museum. Though the setup is an artificial setting mimicking the grasslands in Prairie (near Amazon river basin) the artwork independently can generate a different response if the context of the subject matter is subtracted.

The artist has used electronic media to elevate the beauty of natural world which we never noticed (unnaturally).

While viewing the artwork we are left specchless and wonder “how did he do?”

here’s the info of the project:

Shawn Decker is a faculty of SAIC and he is really cool. I always wanted to mimic a dinosaur’s roar and scare the shit out my roommate, I’m surely gonna take his class next fall semester! 0230_001 0231_001