These are four illustrated lectures which are designed to enable the audience to deepen their visual sensitivity and give them tools to look at images and art works with awareness. The approach is non-linear, connecting images, art works and ideas from different time and geographical zones. The lectures will provide insights to viewers about visual language. In collaboration with Ananya Drushya.
Each session will be one hour long illustrated talk followed by question and answer sessions.
7 Nov (6.30 pm – 7.30 pm) | Session 1: The meaning of art
What is art? What are the salient features of an art work? Who decides its status? What are the various aspects of relationship between artist, art work and connoisseur? How does this relationship shape art and its meaning? Do universal cannons of beauty exist?
14 Nov (6.30pm – 7.30 pm) | Session 2: Approaches to art appreciation
Formal approach to appreciating visual art: Human senses, biological responses in relation to perception of rhythm and order. Basic principles operative in visual arts and how this reflects in actual works?
How does one look at an image and work of art deeply, ask questions systematically and analyze it?
25 Nov (6.30 pm – 7.30 pm) | Session 3: Understanding meaning in art
Semiotic approach to appreciating visual arts: Understanding Visual language. How is meaning generated in visual art? Connotative and denotative meanings. Subjective and fluid nature of meaning emanating from art works. Relationship between art work and context.
Differences and similarities between visual language used in day to day usage and fine arts.
28 Nov (6.30 pm – 7.30 pm) | Session 4: Strategies in visual art
Narrative structures and strategies used in visual arts. Power of visual narratives. Various visual strategies that artists employ in their work, like scale variation, proximity, fusion, juxtaposition, distortion, abstraction etc to effectively communicate their ideas and feelings.
About Ananya Drushya:
‘Ananya Drushya’ is an artists’ led initiative supported by Mr. Ravi Cavale. This is an effort to bring artists together and to create a platform for dialogue among artists and to reach out to other members of the society. ‘Ananya’ means unique; a unique effort from people who are interested in preserving and nurturing the vibrant cultural ethos of our times.
Started in 2003, ‘Ananya Drushya’ is part of ‘Ananya’, a trust working to promote music, literature and art, founded in 1995. Since its inception Ananya Drushya has conducted more than one hundred presentation by artists and has also organized discussion sessions on art and art appreciation programmes. It has also developed a small digital archives of Karnataka art from pre-independence period onwards. Several outreach programme and art workshops for school children, to develop awareness in them about visual art and culture, have also been conducted.
Ananya Drsuhya is guided by eminent artist S.G.Vasudev, who is also a trustee of Ananya, with a host of young artists helping in actual execution of events.
Ravikumar Kashi is an artist who works in different mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography and installation. His works combine or cut across defined expectations from these mediums. His idea / concept driven works are layered and connect with the viewer in multiple ways. He responds to his times in a poetic visual language. Desire, fragility and transformation are a major concern in his works along with introspection.
Kashi was born in Bangalore in 1968. He completed his B.F.A. from College of Fine Arts, Bangalore in 1988; M.F.A. from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1990; and M.A. in English from Mysore University, in 1995. He learnt handmade papermaking from Glasgow School of Art, U.K. He also learnt Hanji, traditional Korean papermaking, from Jang Ji Bang, Korea.
He has held solo show of his works in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi in India and London – UK, Palo Alto – USA, Shanghai – China and Belforte del Chienti – Italy. He has also shown his works in various curated shows across the world in museums, biennales, art fairs and galleries. His participations include ‘Diamond Leaves’, Brilliant Artist Books from around the world, curated by Xu Bing and Marshall Weber, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; Biennale Internationale des Arts des Fibres et du Papier, Museum of World Religion, Taiwan; 11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh; ‘Edge of Desire’ international traveling show – curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; Asia Society Museum, New York; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico, UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA.U.S.A.NGMA, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Royal Ontario Museum , Toronto, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai’; Arad International Biennale of Romania, 2005, Romania; ‘Personal Histories’, curated by Robyn Faster, at Red Land Museum, Queensland, Australia; ‘Trajectories. 19-21 Century printmaking in India and Pakistan. Curated by Dr.Paula Sengupta and Camilla Cahudhury – Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; International Artist Book Fair, Barcelona, Spain. and Regia Emilia, Italy; 4th European International Book Art Biennale, Goa, India; Ninth Bharath Bhavan International Biennial of Print Art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India.
He has received National award from Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi in 2001 and two awards from Karnataka Lalita Kala Academy 1990, 1999 and one from Karnataka Shilpa Kala Academy for his works in 2000. He has also received first prize in ‘Ventipertrenta’, International Festival of Digital Art 2017, from Museo Internazionale Dinamico de Arte Contemporanea, Italy.
He writes on art in Kannada and English. Two of his books, ‘Anukta’ and ‘Kannele’ have been published from Akshara Prakashana, Heggodu. His book ‘Kannele’ has received Karnataka Sahitya Academy award in 2015. His recent book ‘Flexing Muscles’ published by Relaible Copy was released in September 2019.
He also teaches at RV School of Architecture and Azim Premji University as visiting faculty. His works can be seen at www.ravikashi.com