It would be lovely to hear your response to these questions.
Taking cue from Tushar Joag’s history with graphic novels in his own extraordinary artistic stride, our artist-mentorship program, Partner a Master, saw the idea conjuring up its own nimble course with the students.
Representations and illustrations of mind-mapped stories, everyday happenings and the banalities of existence have their own dynamics. Students were encouraged to think and arouse curiosity through their graphic novel.
Students were ushered into the thinking mode, toying with the idea of a story for their own novella. Mulling over the plot of the story, they whipped up a scenario about the trials and tribulations that a woman has to endure in the world of beauty and glamour.
Following that, Tushar initiated them into the technicalities and thematics that would be imminent in the ‘making’ of the illustrated novel. The ‘devices’ to be weaved into any story to achieve the final product, were turned over in their minds by our artist-mentor.
As an artist, Tushar Joag has been consciously taking it upon himself to bring to the fore socio-political issues afflicting people at large. In the public realm, he allows his artistic expression, through intervention, to speak the language of the common man.
Tushar was born in Bombay in 1966. He studied at the J.J School of Art and then studied sculpture at the M.S University of Baroda. His art and practice paves way for both his aesthetic practice and activist ideals to find rightful expression. Invoking some thought on the mundane but hard-hitting issues is what his artistry speaks for.
As a child, he recalls making drawings all the time. That is a memory from his childhood that lives with him when asked about his inclination towards the arts.
Public art therefore becomes synonymous with Tushar’s work. His works largely translate, transact and communicate community issues and values thereby depicting transformative ethics, generating public awareness and inciting questions in our minds over a ‘collective expression’.
S.H. Raza, the Indian modern artist, was bestowed with the highest French civilian honour, The Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur (the Legion of Honour), by ambassador Francois Richier at the French Embassy in India on July 14, 2015.
Raza’ Bindu, a child-centric book of ‘I am an Artist series’, mapping the making of the legendary artist, is a small drop in the ocean lauding his efforts and contribution towards the Indian modern art scene.
Fernández offers graduates ten practical tips on being an artist that have been helpful on her own creative journey — but they double as an ennobling moral compass for being a decent human being in any walk of life:
- Art requires time — there’s a reason it’s called a studio practice. Contrary to popular belief, moving to Bushwick, Brooklyn, this summer does not make you an artist. If in order to do this you have to share a space with five roommates and wait on tables, you will probably not make much art. What worked for me was spending five years building a body of work in a city where it was cheapest for me to live, and that allowed me the precious time and space I needed after grad school.
- Learn to write well and get into the habit of systematically applying for every grant you can find. If you don’t get it, keep applying. I lived from grant money for four years when I first graduated.
- Nobody reads artist’s statements. Learn to tell an interesting story about your work that people can relate to on a personal level.
- Not every project will survive. Purge regularly, destroying is intimately connected to creating. This will save you time.
- Edit privately. As much as I believe in stumbling, I also think nobody else needs to watch you do it.
- When people say your work is good do two things. First, don’t believe them. Second, ask them, “Why”? If they can convince you of why they think your work is good, accept the compliment. If they can’t convince you (and most people can’t) dismiss it as superficial and recognize that most bad consensus is made by people simply repeating that they “like” something.
- Don’t ever feel like you have to give anything up in order to be an artist. I had babies and made art and traveled and still have a million things I’d like to do.
- You don’t need a lot of friends or curators or patrons or a huge following, just a few that really believe in you.
- Remind yourself to be gracious to everyone, whether they can help you or not. It will draw people to you over and over again and help build trust in professional relationships.
- And lastly, when other things in life get tough, when you’re going through family troubles, when you’re heartbroken, when you’re frustrated with money problems, focus on your work. It has saved me through every single difficult thing I have ever had to do, like a scaffolding that goes far beyond any traditional notions of a career.
“Maurice Sendak’s books were shaped by his own childhood: one marked by the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the concentration camp deaths of most of his extended family, and parents consumed by depression and anger. When Sendak started illustrating and writing for children, he vowed that he wouldn’t write stories of sunshine and rainbows, because that’s not real life” says Stacy Conradt
Maurice believed that it is unnatural to think that there is such a thing as a blue-sky, happy-clouded childhood for anybody. “I’m totally crazy, I know that. I don’t say that to be a smartass, but I know that that’s the very essence of what makes my work good. And I know my work is good. Not everybody likes it, that’s fine. I don’t do it for everybody. Or anybody. I do it because I can’t not do it.”
His book MOMMY? is a riot. Take a look at the video and also enjoy the playfulness of his illustrations.
More on Sendak in the next post
Day 3 was held at Gallery 7 where all the children went to see the exhibition of Ram Kumar, a Bombay Progressives artist.
The show started with Mr. Prayag Shukla, art critic & poet, introducing the artist and his life. He also led the discussion about the interpretations of art and its meaning(s).“Apni masti mein chalta hai artist, it doesn’t matter whether we paint or not, but we become an artist when we see a work of art. We become an artist because we start adding and subtracting from the work; we see what is there but we also see what is not there.” The kids learnt that every piece of art always has more than one meaning and should always be open to interpretation.
The children then went on to create spontaneous works where they explored the beauty of lines and color, inspired by the creations of Ram Kumar.
This piece is written by Rehaan Kaul, a student intern for Art1st.