With red wine, crab souffle and some multicoloured headgear welcoming the guests at Art Chennai’s closing event at Park Hyatt, guests might have had an inkling of what the evening had in store for them. Some wining and dining, lots of socialising and a little bit of art — that was what it was all about.
Curated by artist and designer Mayank Mansingh Kaur, the Deep (Skin) Skin Deep show at The Flying Elephant drew plenty of oohs and aahs from those present. From Rajesh Srivastava’s miniatures about dismembered human forms at the entrance to Briana Blasko’s images about indigo dyers — the art showcased was a definitive mix of slightly morbid and the unreal. Add in artist Sahej Rahal’s performance titled The Bootlegger’s Addendum under what looked like UV lights, and the evening just took a turn for the weird.
However, ask the curator about his evening and he shrugged, “My flight was over five hours late...” This was shortly afer the Delhi-based gentleman rushed into the restaurant breathlessly. Stopping to admire Niyati Upadhya’s installation of barber’s tools, Mayank said, “The show is about marrying art and fashion – about how fashion has taken over every single aspect of our lives. All the artists I’ve showcased here have been inspired by fashion.”
The show had art work from 10 artists put together, each one interpreting the theme of how fashion has become as essential as food in its own way.
As the evening wore on with the art, crowds, socialising et all, we weren’t quite sure what to make of this particular showcase of frames. But these guys certainly knew how to throw one heck of a party!