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Space for all forms

RENUKA PHADNIS

Fluid Space, the latest gallery in the City, aims at showcasing a variety of art forms.


Paresh Hazra's work on display.

BANGALORE NOW has more "space", literally and figuratively, to showcase creative talents. With the opening of the latest art gallery — Fluid Space — at Manipal Centre, City artists now have yet another avenue to exhibit their talents.

The gallery is "fluid" as it is meant to display a whole range of oeuvre — from paintings to photography, illustrations, and stand-alone art such as sculpture, installations, product design, jewellery design, and fashion, from any tradition and period.

The 3,000 Sq.ft. gallery was inaugurated by Nafees Fazal, Minister of State for Science and Technology. The event was welcomed by artists who see it as an addition that is "needed in a growing city that is bustling with art-related activity."

The works of artists such as S.G. Vasudev, Paresh Hazra, Milind Nayak, Gurudas Shenoy, Ajay Gulati, Pallon Daruwala, and Waseem Khan were displayed at the gallery for the inaugural function.

"My dream is to see Bangalore as a `gallery city'. It is a growing and a happening city with artistic activities, and it needs many more galleries like this one. It is good to showcase new works and talents," says Gurudas Shenoy. "I would like to see more people coming to galleries. Art is not restricted to the elite."

Milind Nayak, whose photographs were exhibited at the gallery, says that galleries should encourage upcoming artists. "By and large, most galleries readily exhibit works of well-known artists, but they may not really need a gallery. It is when they are growing that artists need support," he says.

Paresh Hazra, whose motifs of Krishna and Ganesh were on display at Fluid Space, says: "Bangalore has very little art activity compared to other metros. It should increase. And the gallery can help." According to him, artistic output is more in places that have undergone struggles — natural and man-made. He feels that art is an expression of the turmoil, and likens it to childbirth. "While art makes people happy, it comes from struggle and pain."

The gallery, with pale cream, almost white, floors, has an air of space about it. A steel staircase takes you up to the mezzanine floor, making use of the vertical space. The gallery has "non-invasive", fixed steel and glass display systems, movable props, professional lighting, and a tea bar.

Pritika Narang, the young architect of Fluid Space, says: "The place had to be used to display different forms of art. The products had to be highlighted. So the gallery had to be in a neutral colour. The interiors could not have been flashy. While the ground area was less, there was the advantage of using the high, 16-foot ceiling. So, there is the floor, up a steel staircase. The floors are white, broken only by steel. The frames are glass and steel — in all, giving a light, contemporary look. It is all simple and practical.''

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