Any and all kinds of art are fascinating and especially when it comes to art on the wheels. Have I got your attention? Yes, we're talking about an art exhibition that's mobile and had started on November 4, 2017. A caravan of automobiles painted from the outside portraying of different cultures is on the go. That means, 15 different artists from all over the nation have started to contribute in this premeditated journey of art and are traveling through major art and cultural centers (cities) across the country.
We're not talking about ordinary vehicles here; three shipping containers of 20-40 feet in size are painted in vibrant colors from the outside. These containers as part of the art gallery will be witnessed by the nation and feature the work of some unsung heroes too, among other artists. So, before we jump to who are these people and what is the buzz all about, let me give you a brief insight of what actually is the 'moving artwork' a part of. The bigger picture:
You're reading about the first of its kind National Art Event where 'Formulation of Shipping Containers into an Art gallery' will take place. The journey which started from Jaipur was inaugurated by Mr. Ashutosh AT Pednekar, Commissioner Higher Education along with Mr. Atul Priyadarshi, the Dy. General Manager of Indian Oil in the presence of more than 300 students and art enthusiasts from different colleges and schools. Some big wheels had started rolling down to Ajmer, then Ahmedabad and several other cities are lined up in the span of coming three months. The Cartist Yatra recently traveled through Mayo College, Ajmer and Sabarmati riverfront.
From urban cultural shifts to dynamic changes the Society of Art practitioners and Art lovers is witnessing, a lot is getting lost amidst. CARTIST, which represents the amalgamation of art and culture, is based on two fundamental concepts - CAR (Auto-mobility) and ARTIST (Creative-mobility). This way, the journey will not only embark on new destinations in the urban space but will also have significant contribution in recognizing emerging trends of the creative space, through automobiles around the urbanizing society. It will act as a bridge for all the unknown art genres adopted by the unsung heroes and other artists in India.
The idea of traveling art exhibition stands for a much bigger cause and the prime conception of the same by the Cartist organization is dedicated to the tales of unsung heroes from the art fraternity. This initiative has already begun to amalgamate the multicultural and diversified social space we have in India and is seeking various art students, practitioners, and art lovers to ignite the creative urge within and create art. Who are these artists, what have they done till date and while you're reading this, what all is it that the Cartist Yatra is up to? All will be told, let's start with Jaipur then.
For starters, the containers you see in the images are painted by Artist Yantr from Assam, Akhlaq Ahmed from Delhi and few of the artists from the group of Unsung heroes. The idea behind painting these containers and driving them across cities is to engage public in this initiative, i.e., local artists, media, art fraternity, and youth; making them aware of moving Artworks. This is how it will be done.
That's right, you might be an artist inside, but with this busy work, life can't find much time to pursue your passion. Here's your chance to be a part of this amazing journey and witness it when the caravan passes through your city. These containers exhibiting artwork made their first halt at Mayo College, Ajmer for mural painting. The following is what they did there before I tell you about the next in line destination Ahmedabad.
After hitting the road, the caravan made its first stop at Ajmer's Mayo College for mural painting. The 15 artists (Anupama Kumari, Swayam Prabha, Rajan, Mihir, Ashok, Sanjay, to name a few) who are a part of the rally reached Mayo and were assisted by students there to paint a mural in the college hostel. Since the theme is based on automobiles, one can see various art forms depicting automobile art.
The participants of the nationwide travel event, especially students of Mayo, painted canvas and drew imaginative paintings relating to cars. Students also showed their interest in sculpting automobile models and showcased the miniatures from their collection.
Students standing by their automobile models.
Himanshu Jangid of Cartist said that "We are pleased to receive this overwhelming response from the staff and the students during the welcome ceremony organized by the college administration for team Cartist. As we are traveling the nation to spread the essence of this very nascent concept of automobile art, it is a great experience to see these enthusiastic young students indulge in making artworks on this theme."
The event at Ahmedabad included art sessions, workshops, live painting sessions, art gallery, automobile painting and a lot more. In the live painting session, 125 local artists participated and were given a canvas to paint based on an automobile theme. Apart from the Sabarmati riverfront being converted into an open-air art gallery, another highlight of the event was the live canvas painting event engaging 125 artists and art students from different parts of the city and the state.
A student of fine arts from Baroda Jahnavi Baghela who is creating an artwork said that "I have done fire painting on a vintage car and given a touch of Ahmedabad's traditional jalis to revive the ancient heritage of the city. For me, being a part of Cartist Yatra was an enlightening experience as I was able to work with many prominent artists and enhance my skills. We wish to have such art events at Baroda as well."
An art gallery was organized on November 12 (last day of Cartist Yatra's halt at Ahmedabad) where all the creations of artists who participated were exhibited. Additionally, two of the painted containers, automobile artworks, and a vintage car collection by Gujarat vintage and classic car club, were also put up to display.
It's not only the art that's being contributed by the artists to the nationwide travel event, but even automobiles. Five automobiles including cars and autos have been made a part of Cartist Yatra as contributions and all other cars which you see in the images will become a part of Ahmedabad's heritage and culture.
One of the cars is being presented by Vijay Bhai of Ahmedabad to Cartist who has shown his willingness to donate the painted car to the handicapped people. This car is being painted by a local artist group known as Creative Group. The car belonging to the heritage property of Mangaldas Ji "House of MG" is painted and converted into a chariot by artist Rajan Vaidhya.
Himanshu Jangid of Cartist said that, "For us, this was a historical journey in itself. We started from Jaipur on 4th of November with a hope to see people support us and after receiving tremendous support from Ahmedabad, we are highly obliged. After seeing the love of art, we will definitely come with even a bigger event in the near future."
One of the artists painting a car said that, "I am willing to give this painted car to the handicapped people so that they can easily travel from one place to another and the colors on this car can fill some colors of happiness into their lives. Any organization associated with such people can come and contact Cartist for the same."
Several other automobiles were also being painted during the event inclusive of two motorcycles, one MG a vintage car, One Maruti, One Tata Nano, One Toyota, and a car of the house of MG. The vintage car MG is being done by artist Yantr who has given vibrant colors to the car and created a rabbit like structure on either side filling it in his genre of depiction. On the Maruti car, Hiral Shah, a local artist from Ahmedabad is showcasing the heritage of Ahmedabad with the authentic traditional prints and designs.
The Nano Car is being painted by the unsung hero of Rajasthan, the inhabitant of the Jogi family, Govind Jogi who is one of the few people who is carrying forward the legacy of dying artform Jogi Art. Jogi art is an art form originated from a tribal community of Rajasthan in which folklore is done through creatures and the filling is done with lines and dots.
Himanshu Jangid of Cartist said that "We are taking this art journey to the whole of India with a notion to engage the community to enhance and unleash their creativity through creating artworks. In addition, we are willing to provide information and resources that help to raise the perceived value of native art practices in revitalizing communities, creating memorable places, developing culture and fostering environment. It seems like we are on the right path to success after seeing the participation from Ahmedabad."
There's more to it when it comes to the vision of Cartist. Its team will be organizing Art Camps & Workshops on Regional Art and Cultural amalgamation of art and artists. The theme of Yatra will remain to be based on automobile yet will have all kinds of different art forms like paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, drawing, digital art, and emerging trends by eminent Artists of a particular region.
As mentioned earlier, through the creation of different artworks, Yatra aims to engage distinct communities and encourage them to come out with their creativity through Community Involvement. With the same mindset, Cartist desires to raise the perceived value of native art practices and revitalize communities, create memorable places, develop culture and foster environment. To support the same, information and resources will be at their disposal.
Along with the various Vintage Cars displayed by Gujarat Vintage and classic cars club including Buick, Dorche, Morris, Jeep, etc. and artworks and containers by Cartist, the 125 artworks, and the seven automobiles were also displayed in the form of an open-air art gallery.
Lastly, out of the 125 artworks, 20 will be selected and called to Jaipur for Cartist Automobile Art Festival, 2018. A coffee table book will also be published in which all the selected artworks will be featured.
November 12 was the last day of Yatra at Ahmedabad, still, there are plenty of places it will travel through. From Ahmedabad, the yatra will proceed to Mumbai to create a buzz in the art world of Maharashtra. In the days to come, you can also experience it in Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, and New Delhi, to name a few places.
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