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Category Archives: Visual Arts

Yoga of Life in Art Form

That life goes its own flow was clear at yesterday's inauguration of Drago Druskovic exhibition in Kale Kendra, Gallery Square Circle, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone where Prof. Edwin Zappa shared a story of connections between himself and Drago. Drago who came across with Sri Aurobindo and The Mother's writings earlier in his life, was deeply moved by it, which deeply influenced his exploration for truth in art, was also Prof. Edwin Zappa neighbor. His art - colorful, simple, truthful...spiritual

Comments: 0 Date: 31 Jan 2014


These days, the Square Circle Gallery, Kala Kendra in Bharat Nivas (Pavilion of Indian Culture, International Zone) hosts a group of artist from Reunion Island. The ArTranslation collective is a group consisting of four members who all practice different art forms. You can meet the artists on December 12th, at 3pm, in the Gallery Square Circle, Kala Kendra, and talk to them. In this interview, the ArTranslation collective members each, individually, talk to us about themselves and their art. The last day of the exhibition will be December 14th.

Comments: 0 Date: 04 Dec 2013

Mainly Red exhibition

A beautiful Sunday could be spent in Henk's living room at la Petit Ferme while marvelling at the exhibited sculptures and paintings by Henk and his wife Agnus. Henk who became an artist in 1968 has two reasons for this exhibition. On one hand it is dedicated to his wife who passed away two years ago and on the other it serves as a contribution for the new art gallery coming up at the Visitors Center in Auroville. Mainly Red is inspired by the power of the color red. The exhibition goes on until the 3rd of February and worth visiting.

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Comments: 0 Date: 20 Jan 2013

Cyclone Inversions by Gotz Rogge

On Tuesday 27th at Savitri Bhavan opened the exhibition Cyclone Inversions by Gotz Rogge an artist and an experimental photographer from Berlin, Germany. He organized a workshop with Sasi Somu, the teacher of photography and art at the Future School. It involved some students to make large scale Camera Obscura photographic artifacts about the landscape generated by the cyclone. In the interview (in English) Gotz, Sasi and the student Gal explain us about their experience. Their work is shown untill the 3rd of April. -

The Camera Obscura was made in two ways. One was into a camping tent with the choice to use one of the two holes at two different levels. Inside they could put one or two large photographic papers to be impressed from the light entering from the hole (called stenopaic hole). They used other two Camera Obscura, two big cardboard boxes which they especially ordered to develop the workshop. They also used various colored filters to obtain different color in the photographs. The subject of the pictures is the landscape they found around them. The way to show it is with a not visible horizon to recognize, but with different points of view, which brings the audience to discover a new universe in nature. In the soundscape of the interview's background we can hear a Gotz's musical composition named Intrauterin # 1.

Comments: 0 Date: 30 Mar 2012

Colours: Pleasant Like Cooking

Audrey Wallace-Tailor is an Aurovilian painter who has had many exhibitions in America and Auroville. She is an abstract painter using a variety of attractive colors and forms. Audrey settled in Auroville in 2007. She gives workshops in drawing and colors and teaches art. Here, she talks to us about her life and her works, and of the elements of color and form in her paintings. These days, Audrey is painting on the Bharat Nivas entrance wall, where many visitors come and express their surprise.

Audrey says about her work: "Starting to work, I usually mix three or four colors (a very pleasant time, like in cooking). Then I use rollers, sprays, sponges, squeegees, brushes, throwing, glazing -- applying the paint in any way that seems appropriate. I consciously want the viewer to know that my body is creating this work. Actually, it is my body and gravity, for many times I work on a panel on the wall of my studio that I can rotate clock-wise and counter clock-wise letting the paint move." --- '

Comments: 1 Date: 06 Dec 2013

ArTranslation in Kala Kendra

Christiane and Valerie from the collective ArTranslation talk to us about the project they are undertaking, in Auroville, this month. Aurellll and Cedric complete this collective of artists from the island Reunion, a small French island near Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Exhibiting in Gallery Square Circle in Kala Kendra, Bharat Nivas, on December 4th to 14th, the opening is on the 4th at 4.30 pm. Personal works will be exhibited whilst the collective is also working outside on a structure made of gathered wood and stones.

The structure is meant to shelter useful seeds of plants like pumpkins and beans, as well as aromatic herbs and spices, and is adapted to the environment around it. As they build the structure, the collective also builds relationships with others who are participating. They focus on the quality of these relationships and enforce what they call `relationship ecology'. Having come from Reunion Island to meet artists from different cultures, especially the Tamil culture. In Reunion Island, a good third of the population is of Tamil descent. Also, they chose to come to Auroville because the charter is very close to the guidelines they follow in their collective working. They have been working together for three years and are interested to see how the collective work will evolve when the participants are from different cultures and do not know each other beforehand. Everyone in Auroville, artist or not, is invited to come and participate either in the work on the structure, by adding a branch or painting on scraps of cloth dipped in plaster, or by adding to the collective fresco. You can meet them at the opening on December 4th or on Saturday 7th or Thursday 12 (at 3 pm), at Kala Kendra (Bharat Nivas) for talks, projections of slideshows and short movies. You are welcome to bring your own as they are very interested in discovering the work of other artists and sharing views about making art. More info: '

Comments: 0 Date: 02 Dec 2013

New Beauty in the Town

The imaginative' trunk on the bypass road between Kalabhumi to Arka was very much inspiring to Liliana to made it alive. Here is a short interview with her just after she and Nelle finished the art installation in the middle of hot afternoon with bikes passing by, and the road workers on their job. The trunk, most likely the remains of the cyclone Thane is now alive again, with purple vest and some very colorful flowers on the head, made by Liliana at the workshop. And, of course this piece of art belongs to all, and invites to continue.


Comments: 0 Date: 28 Apr 2012

Painting on the Wood

Alla Dull is a Russian painter who started to paint on wood three years ago. "The idea to paint on wood came from seeing the Russian Icons", she says. The main subject of her paintings are faces and hands, she continues "The hand is the most personal part of the body. With the hand you can feel every thing". In her paintings one may see different faces, each giving a different feeling. The eyes may be the first thing to attract one in the painting. Alla believes that a persons eyes are connected to reality and always show real emotion.

"The face does not give in to possession, my authority. Expression which enters into the world together with the face, is a call not to my imperfect opportunities, and my opportunity of authority. The face, all remaining a thing among things, destroys, however, the form limiting it. The face speaks with me and by that invites me to enter the attitude which is not having anything general with opportunities, carried out in pleasure or in knowledge " E. Levinas. '

Comments: 0 Date: 04 Dec 2013

National Painters' Camp

Seeing artists of all India creating in live is possible until the 27 of March. Inspired by the amazing surrounding of Sri Ma Guest House, ten artists are taking part of the National Painters' Camp, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi and the Auroville Foundation. They're coming from Delhi, Jaipur and Chennai and expect to meet you at the camp, preferably between 3 to 4 pm. Artists from Auroville, mainly writers and movie makers, were invited to the opening on Friday. Rm Palaniappan, regional secretary of Lalit Kala Akademi, inaugurated the event.

Comments: 0 Date: 22 Mar 2013

Peter Netmail and the Edible Book

International Teahour of the Edible Book and MailArt exhibition Bake a Book a Day was presented by Peter Netmail in Aurelec Art Gallery. The International Edible Book Festival is a creation of Judith A. Hoffberg and Batrice Coron. Judith got the idea over a Thanksgiving turkey with book artists in 1999. Batrice created where despite the distances everybody can enjoy worldwide's creations. They contacted friends and colleagues; their first event happened in year 2000. Since then the festival continues as an annual sensation.

The International Edible Book Festival is held annually around April 1st. In this particular day the artist Peter Netmail (Peter Kustermann) made a magic recipe with different kinds of tree and others ingredients into his box. Then with the help of the audience's energy and concentration it developed in a beautiful and good book for Auroville. To our knowledge, the following countries have held this festival: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, United States of America, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Sweden. This event unites bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented and then consumed. April 1st is also the perfect day to eat your words and play with them. - - -

Comments: 0 Date: 01 Apr 2012