“The Invisible Man” performs live in India for the first time.
Bangalore, India, 27th August, 2014 — In a mesmerising display of performance art, renowned camouflage artist, Liu Bolin, vanished into his painting to craft yet another indelible memory at Art Bengaluru 2014. Showcasing his work in India for the first time, the artist created an installation titled “Charger Series – Peony No. 2” and also put up a live performance for the inauguration of the Art Festival, where he emerged from a Magazine Rack. South India’s biggest Art Festival, Art Bengaluru’s 5th Edition is being held at The Collection at UB City, Bangalore from 21st to 30th August, 2014.
Beijing-based artist, Liu Bolin, uses art as a medium to comment on society and repressive social norms. His best known photo series, “Hiding in the City”, took form in November 2005 when the Beijing city management demolished Suo Jia Cun – Asia’s largest international artist village and Liu Bolin’s home. As a silent protest to this event, Liu Bolin started his now legendary series Hiding in the City, which has spread beyond China countries like France, Italy & U.S.A.
Art Bengaluru began in 2009 as a quest to encourage & develop a thriving community of artists & art connoisseurs in Bangalore. Each year, the festival puts forth new art concepts for its audience; this year the event has scaled new heights with Bolin’s engaging performance at the inauguration. The Opening Night saw this talented artist blend into rows of shelves lined with magazines.
Uzma Irfan – Executive Director, Corporate Communications – Prestige Group, Founder – Sublime Galleria and Conceptualizer & Organizer – Art Bengaluru said, “We are honoured to have an artist of the caliber of Liu Bolin at Art Bengaluru who will unveil an exclusive creation for the event. Each year Art Bengaluru aims to get bigger & better and this time we have reached a new level with the artworks & artists, which will place the festival on the global art map. I urge all of you to join us in celebrating these unique creations of art which are displayed at the festival.”
Speaking about Art Bengaluru, Artist Liu Bolin said, “Art Bengaluru is an incredible platform for artists to display their works. Over the years, the organisers of this festival have done their best to promote & support artists from diverse backgrounds and it is a pleasure to perform & showcase my work in India for the first time at Art Bengaluru.”
Another work of art by Bolin, which has held the audience captive, is his installation the Charger Series which has originated from the artist’s dissatisfaction towards material possessions. This work of art shows cell phone chargers plugged into steel forms of the human body. The cell phone charger serves as an indicator of the boundless desires of human beings.
Artist Bolin explains the concept, “As we carry more and more burdens on our shoulders, we are gradually pulled away from the essence of life. In my work, the variety of brands, styles & sizes of the chargers demonstrates the diversity of life while also exhibiting the traces of human desire. As functional objects become unusable, they perfectly represent the unappeasable nature of human desire.”
A form of social commentary, Bolin’s artworks warn audiences of impending disasters caused by human overindulgence.
About Art Bengaluru:
Art Bengaluru, one of the most reputed Art Festival’s in India, has been created to showcase a wide spectrum of art forms and provide a platform for artists (both Indian & International) to exhibit their works.
Launched in 2010, Art Bengaluru began with a vision to promote works of art and cultivate a thriving art community in the city. The First Year of Art Bengaluru saw 15 Galleries across the city participate in the week-long festival that also screened a series of Short Films, in addition to an Art Competition for Children. The Second Edition featured 15 Art Galleries from across the country with the highlight being the inaugural Luxury Art Auction. The Third Edition showcased 15 top National & International Art Galleries, a Children’s Art Competition, Workshops, Speaker Sessions and the iconic International Art & Luxury Auction. Each year, the festival strives to rise a notch higher than the last, and in 2013 the much-awaited event saw over 100 National & International Artists showcase a diverse collection of artworks while the Auction saw on block works of celebrated artists such as M.F. Hussain, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, amongst others. The Fourth Edition also introduced Berserk – a unique Arts Conference for Children in addition to the trademark activities.
About Art Bengaluru 2014:
Riding on the success of the last four editions, Art Bengaluru returns with its 5th Edition. Presented by The Collection at UB City in association with Sublime Galleria, the 10-day event, from the 21st-30th of August, features a host of talented artists & leading Art Galleries from across India & the world.
This year, Art Bengaluru seeks to recreate and celebrate the Renaissance Period – an era of intellectual and artistic revival, inspired by a renewed study of Classical literature and art – with the theme of European Art History. The event is showcasing 13 top galleries including one from New York & Vietnam.
Christel House India, engaged in providing free education, nutrition & healthcare to impoverished children in Bangalore, have created an exclusive installation by students from their High School, based on the Renaissance theme for the event.
Gracing the event was Padma Shri Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, renowned Santoor Maestro, who put up a special performance at The Collection at UB City, on Sunday, 24th Aug 2014 at 6pm.
Also a part of Art Bengaluru is ‘Berserk 2014‘ – a 3-day Residential Art Conference for children which aims to motivate, inspire and facilitate children, between 8-14 years of age, to discover and pursue their artistic talents.
For more information on ‘Art Bengaluru 2014’ please visit http://www.artbengaluru.in
About Sublime Art Galleria:
Sublime Galleria, located at UB City, is India’s first Sky Gallery founded in 2009 by Ms. Uzma Irfan – Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Prestige Group. Having tied up with several successful exhibitions in the past, Sublime has become a brand to reckon with among art lovers. It brings in a regular contingent of eminent art experts & rising artists.
This reputed space is on a mission to further the cause of the arts and also place itself as a dynamic crucible for the next generation to develop and showcase their talent. Sublime reaches out to upcoming artists and offers them a platform to showcase their talent and make their body of work accessible to the art loving community of Bangalore.
Sublime Galleria has promoted the works of several artists across categories. Some examples of the mélange of work exhibited at Sublime in the past include ‘Genesis’ by Simran KS Lamba – a unique presentation of Mixed Media Artwork in Coal Tar, ‘Crossroads’ – a unique celebration of Fine Art by four leading artists – G. Subramanian, Gurudas Shenoy, Jasu Rawal and Milind Nayak.
Sublime Galleria has earlier showcased the works of Aamina Shazi, Amit Sharma, Anoop H., Ashish Parmar, C.P.B. Prasad, Devanshi (Tina), Farah Ahmed, Kalabhakesari, Manoj Masand, Pallon Daruwala (Established Artist), Pragya Jain, Priyanka Gupta Agarwal, Rupesh Patrick, Shukla Chowdhury, Simran K.S. Lamba, Soraya Taher Merchant, Srividya and Tala Afsin.
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