Sunday, July 29, 2012


Sunil Kumar Sree is a young artist from Chennai, nurtured in the contemporary tread of abstraction which is dominant in Chennai. His large oeuvre of work deals with recycling tangible objects like train tickets into a large abstract compositions. Conceptual ideas like a video recording of seed growing in a condom, shot in time lapse and displayed on a small flat screen TV monitor.

During his 1.Shanthiroad Artist Residency, Sunil Kumar Sree has been exploring the concept of the skin as a sheath, cover or a container. By focusing on his skin he draws our attention to birthmarks, wounds and abrasions that are part of his own identity and body/landscape. In the process of pushing his limits into another dimension the artist uses the canvases as a cube or a container. This is seen emptying used paper cups with marks, crushed and is memory of a gesture of time calculated by the change of matter.

Sunil’s exploration have been using the limitations of abstractions into another realm. Here the process of mark making becomes a gesture of using fragmented lines to mark time. The play with materials gives it another dimension opening a new window to the process of exploration. Another motif of the skin is rebirth or renewal. The ability to shed it's old skin when outgrown. The casting off of this skin metaphorically, represents the letting go of old ways and looking at the fresh new skin which is seen as a new beginning. 

In the Southern Indian context skin is associated with identity; its colour can suggest Dravidian ancestry of dark complexion. It has also been a signifier of racial and caste politics. In Sunil’s new work there is an attempt to get under the skin of the matter and probe its boundaries and displays the self through the surface and explores the fragility of the body and it’s memory through the skin as canvas.

Suresh Jayaram

1Shanthiroad Studio Space

Sunil’s project is part of the Young artist residency supported by VAC- Visual Art Collective Trust

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Middle Tone I Artist Management Workshop

The Middle Tone  

Chameleon Art Projects in collaboration with 1.Shantiroad Studio/Gallery presents one of the first Artist Management Workshops in Bangalore
“The Middle Tone” by Kanchi Mehta

28th July 2012

A workshop for young and emerging artists to understand the art world and the various opportunities it offers to an artist. The artist is the most important element within the art community. It is crucial for the artist to evaluate the options and boundaries that this industry has to offer to empower themselves.

This workshop enables the emerging artist to gain an insight into the various possibilities of strengthening their practice, as well as methods of approaching galleries, institutions, curators, residencies etc.

For registration and further information, please go to

Venue – 1.Shantiroad Studio/Gallery, No.1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore 560027

Session 1
2 - 4 pm
Slide show + Talk

·       Introduction to the art world
·       The 5 Elements of the art world
·       The role of the Artist - In India and Internationally
·       The Career of an artist – the growth and path, limits and possibilities
·       Role of the curator, gallery and collector for an artist
Session 2
4:30 – 6 pm
Slide show + Talk
 ·       Artistic practice and medium
·       Conceptual + New Media art today
·       Demand and Supply of art
·       The Art Market in India
·       Expectations of an artist
·       Expectations of the market from an artist
·       Residencies
·       Public Projects
·       Grants
·  Consultancy

This is a project initiated by Chameleon Art Projects for 1.Shantiroad Studio/Gallery.
All rights reserved.

About: Chameleon Art Projects is an initiative to encourage artistic practices across the globe through curated exhibitions, residencies, publications and artist management.
Kanchi Mehta, the Founder and Chief Curator of The Chameleon is an artist, with a Bachelors degree in Painting from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. After her Masters in the History and Connoisseurship in Art from Christie’s Education, New York in 2005, she dedicated the next six years into understanding the art market by working integrally with prominent galleries, fairs, artists, biennials, curators and collectors across the world. 

The Chameleon was established in 2005, where all her projects were archived under one name, however, in November 2011, The Chameleon came into the forefront converging all her experiences to empower the artistic community with an aim to establish stronger foundations for the young and experimental artists. With a strong international program, The Chameleon has collaborated with several galleries, curators, residencies and publications across the world to encourage inter-cultural exposure to emerging artists.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Swiss curator Patrick Gosatti will make a presentation on curatorial practises at 1.Shanthiroad as part of his India tour. Patrick is in India to participate in the
Experimenter Curator’s Hub in Kolkata. 

The talk will address the question of curating and art producing considered from both a theoretical and practical point of view. The term "production" will be in this sense
considered not only as a pragmatic process leading to the creation of an art work but also as an holistic process which goes beyond the art object and leads to the creation
of meaning and practical / theoretical knowledge. As part of his presentation Patrick will introduce the audience to his curatorial projects and theoretical research.


Patrick Gosatti: Patrick has been teaching Aesthetics and Art Theory at the University of Art & Design, Geneva and has been the Co-curator of the Festival Les Urbaines, Lausanne. He has also been writing for the Art Collector magazine, Basel and the Kunst-Bulletin magazine, Z├╝rich.

Anil Kumar: H.A. Anil Kumar is an Art Historian, Critic & Curator based in Bangalore. He currently teaches Art History in the department of Art History at

Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore. He is a co-editor to the national art magazines (Art & Deal, New Delhi; and Art Etc, Kolkata).

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Practice of Living History: Patachitra and Performance

The Practice of Living History: Patachitra and Performance
A Public History initiative by the Centre for Public History
In partnership with 1.Shantiroad Studio/Gallery, Bengaluru
Performance: Khadu Chitrakar and Radha Chitrakar
Introduction and presentation: Indira Chowdhury
Venue: 1.Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery
Date: 14 July 2012
Time: 5 pm onwards

 Khadu Chitrakar and his wife Radha Chitrakar come from a community of folk artist who paint scrolls and sing the stories. Khadu and Radha live in Naya, Pingla in Medinipur, West Bengal. Traditionally, Chitrakars composed songs that were taken from incidents in the Puranas and the Ramayana. In recent years their visual and musical narratives have changed to include contemporary events such as the Tsunami and 9/11. Khadu Chitrakar and his wife will present traditional as well as more recent compositions. Their performance will be presented by Indira Chowdhury of the Centre for Public History at Srishti. The performance and presentation will make space for a conversation with the audience around the contemporary nature of folk art, and the nature of folk memory.

Pata-Chitras will be on display and some will be up for sale.