Gallery Ark presents Embark III
The gallery brought together work by the brightest talent, at affordable prices, for their digital exhibition titled Embark III
For the last three years, Vadodara-based Gallery Ark has worked closely with the Faculty of Fine Art, MSU, to create a platform to showcase promising talent. Titled Embark, this annual exhibition spotlights a selection of young artists, a year after they complete the Masters programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts.
In its third edition, Embark III carries forward the same spirit and objective, but in a whole new form, reflecting the reality of the times and the necessity of following a more pared-down approach. With the impossibility of hosting a physical exhibition in the current scenario, the exhibition is being hosted entirely digitally, on the gallery’s Online Viewing Room since Saturday, August 1.
The works of art have been priced affordably, with most under Rs 10,000 so as to encourage younger and first-time collectors. As a commitment to supporting this pool of young talent, the gallery has forgone any commission and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of artworks will be going directly to the artists.
For Embark III the final shortlist of eight artists came from the Class of 2019; the line up includes Kavya Kumar Bhatt, Pranay Dutta, Vasudha Kapadia, Ushnish Mukhopadhyay, Mausham Raj Manglla, Savitha Ravi, Sheshadev Sagria and Zarrin-Fatima Shamsi. The artists work across a range of mediums (including a digital video by Pranay Dutta), showcasing a diversity of styles and subjects. However, through this diverse range of themes, there is a common thread that is particularly resonant with the current times – the relationship between bodies and spaces.
Elaborating on the impetus behind Embark, gallery director Nupur Dalmia said, “Every year, a new crop of young artists graduate; the year after graduation is often a difficult and tumultuous time for them. As a part of the contemporary art ecosystem, we felt it was important to create a platform to support promising talent at this critical point in their careers, which is what led us to create Embark as an annual exhibition.This year, the logistics of selection and display were much trickier, but we are delighted to finally have been able to pull off the exhibition in its digital iteration. We hope the curation will excite our audience and be a valuable source of support for this wonderful group of artists.”