What does the expert say on – The Importance of Angle in Life and Art.

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What does the expert say on – The Importance of Angle in Life and Art.

Shilpa Gupta

Shilpa Gupta (b.1976) is an artist from Mumbai, India. She received her BFA in sculpture from Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts in 1997. Her mediums range from manipulated found objects to video, interactive computer-based installation, and performance. Her work is situated in a wide range of artistic expression: video and performance, net art, installations, and actions in public space diversifying in approaches and materials. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Toronto, Auckland, Sydney, Aix en Provence as well as in numerous group exhibitions in Germany, India, Canada, the Netherlands, the USA, Australia, Mexico, etc. Shilpa Gupta has created a number of on-line artworks.

In the year 1930, Robert Ryman’s renowned painting called bridge was sold for 20.6 million dollars which leave us thinking about the work and the labor within the art but the art was a white painting on a white canvas with patterns. This is what we call minimalist art. The stereotypes of art like everyday objects, and painting reality shifted with modern art from the year 1880 till 1970. The modern art era was the evolution of minimalism, monochromatic, and textures & patterns. Modern art can also be referred to as abstract expressionism. Artists don’t hem and haw with minimalistic art.

Art has completely integrated with life. The mandatory presence of art in life is omnipresent and inevitable. Art defines a culture, nation, species, and objects that are abstract like emotions or thoughts. Ms. Shilpa Gupta says, ‘I would say that I work between art and life, which in turn is connected with the medium and method.’ Art is not conclusive, rather they are diverse and subjective. Why is it subjective? The fact white paintings can be soothing for a group of people or insinuate anger or bitter emotion for another group, and to some, it can be a source of happiness or instant gratification and to some who do not understand art it is just a white paint on white canvas which implies no meaning. You just need to have a different viewpoint. The psychology of art has found the prevailing relationship between art and emotion as they intervene and are responsible for activation in viewing art. As hard-wired humans, we are bound to be affected by patterns and traits since the evolution of ancestry. Art can cause multiple emotions to trigger at the same time which can be referred to as meta-emotions. ‘I am interested in human perception and how information –visible or invisible – gets transmitted and internalized in everyday life’, says Shilpa Gupta living the dreamy teenage life in Mumbai, 1990 was torn by sectarian violence. With that being the situational predicament, art was narrowed down.

The subjectivity of the meaning of art is what makes it diverse and engaging. The distance can be a physical factor, an imaginary perspective, geographical outset. ‘I am interested in how various subjectivities alter the way we make meaning.’ The modern art era was followed by contemporary art in the second half of the 20th century and the initial outset of the 21st century. Contemporary art is culturally defined and copes with the advancing technological world.  Contemporary art is a challenge for the artists as it is diverse and includes materials that expedite the expectations and a stand-out art from the modern era. Contemporary is more personal which can be an apt depiction of cultural identity, community, nationality, and family. Hence the evolution of art is advancing in the way of more complexity and different dimensions. It is also considered an experimental form of art. Art is majorly the base or the object upon which the art is defined. Modern art used canvases mostly to define art or abstract expressionism but contemporary art used a variety and spectrums of medium for art. The art is understood by those who see beyond what the mere eyes can see. Art is a major vent for a majority of people to express and talk about the emotions that words cannot suffice. Art can serve as a memory that can last a lifetime. The black square by the Ukrainian-born, Kazimir Malevich is worth a few million. The meaning is subjective, its timidness outgrows its natural essence of boldness. It is also passionate but ironically lifeless. To some it is just another black square drawn by a supposedly great artist with a notion of million dollars to that painting is overrated. This is also life. The perspectives are different because of the different angles at which you see it. Angles are misplaced, correct them to have a brighter perspective.

Correspondent: Sujithra G.
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