The perception of the psychological space has intrigued artists from the beginning of time and each has found a particular way to deal with it. This has often taken the form of the psychological image of the sometimes non-objective reality of the sitter and his or her personality. It is about artists perceiving a particular state and articulating it through the medium of their choice. Ideally, in works of this nature, the artist invites the viewer into the space of the work in which he or she plays the role of an intellectual and visual guide leading the viewer through the complexity of artistic creativity and the perceptions of the self. This is an exploration of the mental specifics of how the creative process deals with the notion of portraiture in general and the psychological portrait in particular.
These explorations can take the form of narrative fantasies, illusions, aspects of the ‘other’, or even perceptions of specific attributes. There is an immense sense of mystery here, which it is hoped the artists in the show will explore in modes ranging from the poetic to the dark. Every artist and every sitter carries with them a certain amount of preconceived notions and prejudices. These psychological portraits will, hopefully, provoke an exchange of dialogue by articulating these visualized ideas. The aim of this exhibition is to express psychological biographies through creative imagery. This can be done by encrypting information about the sitter, sometimes intentionally and sometimes unconsciously creating works, which are, layered explorations of the self.
The artists showcasing at the show are Ramachandran N, Anamika V, Prasannakumar N, Avijit Mukherjee, Naveen Kumar, Aishwaryan K, Venugopal Reddy, Manush John,Sahaya Sharma, Pallav Chander, Kiran Thulsi, Umashankar Venkatapathy and Surekha.
The show will be held at Bakheda in Saidulajab, New Delhi from the 30th of October to the 2nd of November, 2014
Venue: The Portret Project
Address: A 10/6, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi- 110057
The Portret Project
Por•tret (pawr-trit,pohr-treyt)
A unique, not necessarily conventional artwork which captures the indefinable essence of the sitter.
The Portret Project was founded in 2013 in New Delhi. It is a niche concept with a focus on portraiture as an art form and with an emphasis on its radical role in the history of art and its growth and development.
Portraiture as a medium for artistic expression has been largely forgotten and in the same breath there are no preferred sensibilities or anything dictating how a contemporary portrait should look.
TPP aims to explore important questions of how the self is represented and defined as well as the means through which this commemoration takes place. This is, in itself, a highly revealing aesthetic exercise. Also, the genre has widened its parameters to include diverse media and now offers an array of new possibilities and dimensions for facial and bodily representation in terms of form and content.
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