Great Banyan Art presents an eclectic collection of compelling contemporary artworks from across the globe at ‘Around the World in 7 Days’. The show exhibits avant-garde works by artists from 19 countries as diverse as The United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, Lithuania, Ukraine, United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Russia, Indonesia, South Korea and Kenya.
The artworks curated for ‘Around the World in 7 Days’ reflect and respond to today’s highly digitised world, where we are constantly influenced and shaped by pop culture movements such as consumerism, relationships, materialism, cult-movies, comics, infatuation with sports and prominent world personalities. For the Millenials travel has become easy and accessible today. We can virtually traverse great distances across the world in a matter of seconds. Technology has made it easier to experience diversity of culture, international sensibility and aesthetic sense. To highlight the cosmopolitan nature of the world we live in, ‘Around the World in 7 Days’ seeks to open a window between International art and Indian collectors.
Many of the artworks curated for this show belong to the genre of pop art. Some works are satirical and a comment on how urban life pressures are shaping our society. For example, Budi Ubrux’s work of haunting faceless figures wrapped in newsprint, depicts the power and politicized nature of media and its impact on society. Similarly, Deny Pribadi’s paintings portray humans as predators and their innate greed and need to dominate, colonize and fight even if its done for levity. Gabriele Sermuksnyte’s works refer to a vacuous existential crisis that many experience due to their virtual identity on social media networks, which constantly and increasingly alters our sense of reality. Gülin Hayat Topdemir delves into the subconscious and the dark side of human nature. She narrates and paints metaphors in tones of surrealism to convey her story.
There is significant influence of pop art in the collection. Alessio Bolognessi’s work is inspired by the father of Pop Art, Roy Lichtenstein but introduces his own character of ‘Sfiggy’. Similarly, Pepijn Simon from Netherlands re-visits old masters from the 17th and 18th century but gives his works a contemporary edginess. Iskandar Fauzy from Indonesia, paints a tribute to the late actor, Heath Ledger who created an iconic Joker for the new millenium and made his mark in the history of pop-culture. His artwork immortalises Ledger in a manner reminscent of Warhol’s artworks of Marilyn Monroe. Mexican artist Marcela Montemayor paints pop art objects, which have the ability to generate emotions of joy and take you back to your childhood. South Korean artist Jinho Kee’s playful balloons depict an accurate metaphor for life - the vicious cycle of tension and relaxation and the ephemeral life of balloons.
I hope the show engages with viewers and allows them to appreciate and respond to the whimsical, at times intriguing and yet relatable artworks, influenced by popular-culture.
The show embraces works by artists such as Budi Ubrux, Iskandar Fauzy, Gulin Hayat Topdemir, Pepijn Simon, Deny Pribadi, Alessio Bolognessi, Lesley Oldaker, Ion Vacareanu, Carla Sa Fernandes, Maria Aparici, Alexander Illichev, Emil Aziz, Gabriele Sermuksnyte, Pascale Taurua, Sivan Sternbach, Francesco D’Adamo, Karen Wong, Marcela Montemayor, Jinho Kee, Laura Stockl, Elaine Kehew, Maria Folger, Valérie Andriantsiferana, Vadim Panchenko and Ivan Pili.