Big Bong Theory: Abir Karmakar and Hemali Bhuta

Quite frankly, I haven’t felt so uninspired to write in ages. But a columnist has to do what a columnist has to do. So here’s the rambly version of the Big Bong Theory column that was published in today’s DNA. To see images from Hemali Bhuta’s show, see Project 88. Reality Bites Into Contemporary Art Artists, it is believed, have their heads in clouds. Steeped in a personal universe of influences and ideas, the artist’s world draws from our reality sometimes, but as far as popular belief goes, artists live on their own planet. And if contemporary art is any … Continue reading Big Bong Theory: Abir Karmakar and Hemali Bhuta

Big Bong Theory: Ranjani Shettar’s High Tide For A Blue Moon

Ranjani Shettar’s sculptures are fantastical, beautiful stuff and her show at Bhau Daji Lad Museum (on till February 19th) is one of the loveliest you’ll see in a while. Considering how baroque the whole place is, you may think that pretty much anything will look good inside Bhau Daji Lad. I seriously doubt it. Aside from the fact that I have seen shows that haven’t looked spectacular in there, it’s also not easy for contemporary art to hold its own in the middle of all that gilted glory. But when artists are able to use the space, it works spectacularly, … Continue reading Big Bong Theory: Ranjani Shettar’s High Tide For A Blue Moon