Blind Spot

It is often said that there are too many differences in our middle class for there to be a common sensibility of any kind. Harsher commentators have even suggested that the middle class lacks taste, never mind aesthetic sense.

'Blind Spot' is a first-of-its-kind exhibition that challenges these generalizations. It brings to life seven contemporary sensibilities, each complete with their visual and verbal vocabularies.

This exhibition is an opportunity for marketers, designers, researchers and the culturally curious to examine these sensibilities up close, and to use them as an inspirational springboard for their own creative or commercial missions.

Research archive : blindspot.in

Venue : House No. 24, Lodhi Road, Jor Bagh. New Delhi
Duration : 24th - 27th October 2013
Timing : 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Project Supported By:  

Opening support:                          

Opening - October 23rd 2013, 7 pm onwards.

An exhibition exploring the aesthetics of middle class India that brings to life seven contemporary sensibilities, complete with their visual and verbal vocabularies.

Blind Spot press release.pdf Blind Spot press_lo.pdfOn view till the 27th of October, 11:00am to 6:30pm. <br> Exploring the aesthetics of middle class India

Outside India

Outside India
November 19 – December 1, 2012
10 am till 7 pm.

This exhibition reflects on the connections between commerce and culture against the changing context of a globalised India, with a specific focus on the politics of space, activities and lives around the previous W+K Exp Gallery at the DDA Shopping Complex in Sheikh-Sarai.

We will also be launching 'Outside India: Dialogues and Documents of Art and Social Change', a book that looks critically at globalization and its effects on culture and social-politics in relation to the contemporary Indian art scene. 




Project Supported By:  

Opening:                          

Robert E. D’SouzaRobert E. D’SouzaRobert E. D’SouzaRobert E. D’SouzaRobert E. D’SouzaRobert E. D’SouzaRobert E. D’SouzaOpening - November 17th 2012, 5.30 pm onwards.

This exhibition reflects on the connections between commerce and culture against the changing context of a globalised India, with a specific focus on the politics of space, activities and lives around the previous W+K Exp Gallery at the DDA Shopping Complex in Sheikh-Sarai.

OutsideIndiaPressRelease.pdf Outside India press_lo.pdfOn view till the 1st of December, 10:00am to 7:00pm. <BR/> Dialogues and Documents of Art and Social Change

Big Niche

While marketers and the media scan the horizon for new trends, an exciting new wave of Indian popular culture has surfaced, undetected by research.

Music, art, design, food and brands that were considered offbeat, niche or 'too evolved' have suddenly become mainstream. These commercial and/or cultural ventures are transforming our drab, chaotic streets into experiences that are beautiful, meaningful, and most importantly, accessible.

W+K Exp’s ‘Big Niche’ exhibition features some of the best examples of this new movement. These exhibits are a sign of life, an indicator that new ideas are not just taking root, but flourishing. More importantly, they are proof of a brand new Indian sensibility - far removed from the kitschy, Bollywood-flavoured clichés that we are accustomed to. It is an unmissable event for anyone who has anything to do with popular culture.


Featured exhibits:

Bharat Sikka
Thukral and Tagra
Little Shilpa
Hanif Kureshi
Reshidev RK
Play Clan
IndiGo
Royal Enfield
Motherland
Manta Ray
Extension Khirkee
Grandmother Design

Opening - April 17th, 6 pm onwards.

While marketers and the media scan the horizon for new trends, an exciting new wave of Indian popular culture has surfaced, undetected by research.

Music, art, design, food and brands that were considered offbeat, niche or 'too evolved' have suddenly become mainstream. These commercial and/or cultural ventures are transforming our drab, chaotic streets into experiences that are beautiful, meaningful, and most importantly, accessible.

BIGNICHE.pdf BigNiche press.pdfOn view till the 22nd April, 10:00am to 6:00pm.<BR/> An exhibition on the evolving off beat pop culture from urban India.<BR/>

Layout

A location based collaborative construction by Sayantan Maitra Boka, Susanta Mandal, M. Pravat and Navid Tschopp.

'Layout' is a location based 'aesthetic construction' that interrogates the standard engineered urban interior space, in this case an artist's studio. The project is a collaboration between Indian artists M. Pravat and Susanta Mandal, Indian architect Sayantan Maitra Boka and Swiss artist Navid Tschopp.

This partnership seeks to transform and mutate the typical architectural process using four distinct approaches.

Join Facebook Event

Download map

M. Pravat, the initiator and host of the project, has been meditating on the notion of flexibility of the designed space, and his prior works dealt it by creating 'fake' architectural blueprints. In this new installment, he will be transferring these two-dimensional possibilities into a three- dimensional space.

Susanta Mandal's contribution focuses on the 'nervous system' of a building, the logistics of supplying water or electricity to an engineered space and, therefore, making it habitable.

Navid Tschopp brings in a colouristic visuality within the interior. He will be utilising different strategies to evoke the illusion of volumetric propositions where none exist.

Sayantan Maitra Boka's intervention will instead locate normal utilitarian furniture artifacts into bizarre locations within the space, exploiting the spatial voids generated from the compositions of his three collaborators.

The resulting convergence of these four unique eccentricities is foreseen to function as one self-contained artwork and the product of the interaction is foreseen as a source of discovery for both the artists and the audience.

Project Supported By   

Open studio Support    

Opening - January 22nd, 4 pm onwards.

'Layout' is a location based 'aesthetic construction' that interrogates the standard engineered urban interior space, in this case an artist's studio. The project is a collaboration between Indian artists M. Pravat and Susanta Mandal, Indian architect Sayantan Maitra Boka and Swiss artist Navid Tschopp.

The construction will be accessible for 24 hours until January 30th, 2012. <BR/> C- 198, Neb Sarai, Next to IGNOU, New Delhi - 68.

Morning Show

Morning Show is an exhibition of Indian adult movie posters.

Traditional Bollywood posters have become cult design objects and are collected the world over. But there is a particular type of movie poster that is largely ignored and has an aesthetic of its own: adult movie posters. With a visual language that is at times daring, at times naïf, these posters echo the kitsch imagery of Indian movie posters – but they also represent sex, a subject that is particularly taboo in India despite its many religious manifestations.

An underground, thriving design form, adult movie posters address Indian culture's forbidden fantasies, bringing them to life through often bizarre titles and explicit visuals. 

And while in the rest of the world Internet porn has killed adult movie cinema, in India it is still common to see groups of school students and men in shiny collar shirts and white suit-pants nonchalantly emerging from adult-only morning shows. In many cases, this represents the only form of eroticism in a situation where the joint family system makes a private life impossible. 

August 26th – September 23rd, 2011

Traditional Bollywood posters have become cult design objects and are collected the world over. But there is a particular type of movie poster that is largely ignored and has an aesthetic of its own: adult movie posters. With a visual language that is at times daring, at times naïf, these posters echo the kitsch imagery of Indian movie posters – but they also represent sex, a subject that is particularly taboo in India despite its many religious manifestations.

Morning_Show_ Press_Release.pdf Morning_Show_Press_Coverage.pdfMorning Show is an exhibition of Indian adult movie posters.<BR/><BR/>

What Happens in Mukteshwar

What Happens in Mukteshwar
An exhibition of works inspired by our first artists retreat

What Happens in Mukteshwar is an exhibition that resulted from the first ever artists retreat organized by W+K Exp. The retreat took place earlier on in the year in the sylvan and mountainous region of Kumaon where the artists spent six days traversing through Mukteshwar and its surrounding areas.

The intent behind the retreat was to allow for a creative process that would lead to collaborative dialogue, shared creative process and a shared experience amongst a select group of artists.  This in turn would give the artists a chance to nurture each other’s practice, create new works in response to one another and think beyond individual limitations.

The exhibition will showcase over 30 works comprising all genres and mediums –  from photography to prints, sculptural installations, drawings, assemblages, and works on paper, wood, canvas. The subjects of the works, inspired from the shared experience at the retreat, encompass the journey to Mukteshwar, the place itself and the dialogue and interaction amongst the group.

Participating artists: Aji V.N., Anoop Panicker, Atul Bhalla, G.R. Iranna, George Martin PJ, Gigi Scaria, K. M. Madhusudhanan, Murali Cheeroth, Parvathi Nayar, Pooja Iranna, Prajakta Potnis, Prasad Raghavan, Riyas Komu, Sumedh Rajendran, Vibha Galhotra, and Vivek Vilasini.

Selected works by Anoop Panicker, Atul Bhalla, George Martin, Gigi Scaria, Pooja Iranna, Prasad Raghavan, Riyas Komu, Sumedh Rajendran and Vivek Vilasini will be shown at W+K Exp between March 25th and April 30th, 2011. The remaining works from What Happens in Mukteshwar can be viewed upon appointment. 

Aji V.NAnoop PanickerAnoop PanickerAtul BhallaAtul BhallaG R IrannaG R IrannaGeorge Martin PJGeorge Martin PJGigi ScariaGigi ScariaK.M MadhusudhananK.M MadhusudhananMurali CheerothMurali CheerothParvathi NayarParvathi NayarPooja IrannaPooja IrannaPooja IrannaPooja IrannaPooja IrannaPrajakta PotnisPrajakta PotnisPrasad RaghavanPrasad RaghavanRiyas KomuRiyas KomuSumedh RajendranSumedh RajendranVivek VilasiniVivek VilasiniJanuary 22nd – January 31st, 2011

What Happens in Mukteshwar is an exhibition that resulted from the first ever artists retreat organized by W+K Exp. The retreat took place earlier on in the year in the sylvan and mountainous region of Kumaon where the artists spent six days traversing through Mukteshwar and its surrounding areas. 

Whim_press_release.pdf Whim_press_coverage.pdfWhat Happens in Mukteshwar <BR/> An exhibition of works inspired by our first artists retreat

Writing Visuals

W+K Exp, in collaboration with the Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata present Writing Visuals.

Curated by Adip Dutta, the exhibition Writing Visuals attempts to establish the relationship between writing and drawing. Just as writing is a mode of expression through language and the alphabet, drawing too has its own visual alphabet – such as line, form, symbols, motifs and sometimes even text. When these are creatively put together they create a sense of language –a visual language.

The exhibition will include linear drawings and geometric forms by Vivan Sundaram and Manisha Parekh, etchings on silk by Mekhala Bahl, etchings on paper by
Paula Sengupta, text on a paper sculpture by Pooja Iranna, an artist’s book by
Jogen Chowdhury, working drawings for a sculpture by N.N. Rimzon, hair imprints by Mithu Sen, ‘caricreatures’ by Kishore Chatterjee, charcoal drawings by Samir Roy,
Dilip Ranade’s pen on paper, mixed media works on paper by Jayashree Chakraborty and graphic illustrations by Sarnath Banerjee, amongst others. 

          

Writing Visuals is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. 

W+K Exp
B10 DDA Complex, Sheikh Sarai Phase 1
New Delhi 110017
Tel. +91.11.4600.9595
For more information, write to us at [email protected].

December 17th 2010– January 24th 2011

Curated by Adip Dutta, the exhibition Writing Visuals attempts to establish the relationship between writing and drawing. Just as writing is a mode of expression through language and the alphabet, drawing too has its own visual alphabet – such as line, form, symbols, motifs and sometimes even text. When these are creatively put together they create a sense of language –a visual language. 

Writing_Visuals_r.pdf Writing_Visuals_pc.pdfW+K Exp, in collaboration with the Harrington Street Arts Centre,<BR/> Kolkata present Writing Visuals.

Butterflies, Birds + Spray Cans

Aerosol art exhibition featuring renowned UK Graffiti artist, Xenz

In partnership with British Council

W+K Exp presents a first-of-its-kind graffiti art exhibition, ‘Butterflies, Birds + Spray Cans’. In collaboration with British Council, the exhibition features works of one of the traditional urban art forms, aerosol art or graffiti art by prominent UK artist, Xenz aka Graeme Brusby, who is a major figure to emerge from the infamous Bristol street art scene.

Within the gallery space, the works displayed will include paintings, on recovered and recycled metal surfaces, discarded objects found on the streets of London, a multi-layered screen print, traditional canvas and a Mosaic made of 64 canvas tiles. Xenz explains, "My aim is to develop a community around these mosaics, where people who come to the show are the only ones to ever see it in its complete state - a bit like seeing graffiti before it's buffed or destroyed. Each participant becomes part-owner of the mural - almost like buying shares."

In his latest works which will be on display at the exhibition at W+K Exp, Xenz explores the romance of nature captured through a series of paintings that explore an enchanted forest in search of mythical birds. The birds that feature are inspired by native Indian species like The Sunbird, Indian Fairy Bluebird, Ringneck Parakeet, Green Magpie and the Sparrow. These creatures thrive in fantastical surreal forests with pink blossoms, golden trees and butterflies. In fact, butterflies with colorful touches on their wings have become Xenz’s trademark, especially in his new collection inspired by creatures of flight.

The exhibition will be open from September 6th - October 8th 2010.

For more information, write to us at [email protected].

XenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzXenzSeptember 6th - October 8th 2010 11am – 7pm

W+K Exp presents a first-of-its-kind graffiti art exhibition, ‘Butterflies, Birds + Spray Cans’. In collaboration with British Council, the exhibition features works of one of the traditional urban art forms, aerosol art or graffiti art by prominent UK artist, Xenz aka Graeme Brusby, who is a major figure to emerge from the infamous Bristol street art scene. 

xenz_delhi_pressrelease.pdf xenz_delhi_coverage.pdfAerosol art exhibition featuring renowned UK Graffiti artist, Xenz

The Art of Motorcycling

On the weekend of March 13th/14th, W+K Exp hosted a two-day exhibition that celebrated The Art of Motorcycling. It was a weekend dedicated to the religion that is the Enfield motorcycle. Motorcycle exhibits ranged from the brand new Classic 500 to an exotic variety of more than 20 customized Enfields, ranging from classic looks, to racing bikes to outright show bikes to take your breath away. Art exhibits included photography by renowned fine arts photographer Bharat Sikka and digital art by the Indian art world's rising star, Prasad Raghavan. As a special treat, the Battle Green Classic 500 Export model was here on display.

Prints of the artwork were available for purchase, as well as beautifully styled range of limited edition T-shirts, created especially for the occasion and some classic Enfield merchandise.

To add some industrial art to the mix, master painter Kishore from the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai was there to demonstrate his phenomenal tank-painting skills. Participants also got a chance to interact with Enfield's Head of Product Design. Additional attractions included test rides on the brand new Classic 500 motorcycles, hand-painted helmets from luxury brand GOACHIC and cold beer, courtesy of Budweiser.

With over 1200 people walking through the doors over the two days, the energy went from relaxed to electric and back again (as you can see from the pictures below). This was the first show, but given the phenomenal response, you can be sure it won't be the last!

Watch out for live updates on our facebook group

Saturday 13 March – Sunday 14

On the weekend of March 13th/14th, W+K Exp hosted a two-day exhibition that celebrated The Art of Motorcycling. It was a weekend dedicated to the religion that is the Enfield motorcycle. 

AoM Release.pdf AOM Coverage.pdfThe Art of Motorcycling

Typographica & 50 Years of Seminar

Typographica is the first exhibition of the eponymous graphic design journal. Groundbreaking when first published in 1949 and now considered legendary, Typographica showcased the very best in worldwide visual arts. The journal was founded by a 25 year-old Herbert Spencer, who went on to become one of the most influential British communication designers and typographers. Typographica's pioneering content included concrete poetry, avant-garde type experiments and photo-documentary, all highlighting Spencer's ability to fuse images and words in meaningful new relationships, and featured the work of, among many others, Dieter Rot, Robert Brownjohn and Alexander Rodchenko. The exhibition is curated by Rick Poynor, founder of Eye magazine and author of the book Typographica, published in 2002 by Princeton University Press. The exhibition launched at London's Kemistry Gallery as part of September's London Design Festival and is being brought to India for the first time by W+K Exp.

Alongside the Typographica show, W+K Exp celebrates India's own groundbreaking testament to the power of the word made type, Seminar magazine. Celebrated over its 50 years for bringing "opposing viewpoints within the covers of a single magazine", this exhibition focuses on the magazine's unequivocal support of typography. Unheard of in the publishing world, Seminar has appeared every month since its inception with a purely typographic cover. Curated by its current designer, Akila Seshasayee, and publisher, Malvika Singh, the exhibition will present the best covers from 50 years of the magazine as well as selected spreads.

While the exhibition will appeal to hardcore type lovers and graphic designers, it will also serve as a valuable introduction to very high quality graphic design for those who know little about the form.

Digital prints from both exhibitions will be for sale. 

17 February – 9 March 2010, 10am to 7pm

Typographica is the first exhibition of the eponymous graphic design journal. Groundbreaking when first published in 1949 and now considered legendary, Typographica showcased the very best in worldwide visual arts.

Typographica__Seminar.pdf typo.pdfTypographica is the first exhibition of the eponymous graphic design journal.

Pages