@rt Virtually Real
at Art Alive Gallery,
Plot 120, Sector 44 - Gurgaon
from 15th September to 20th October 2012
About Exhibition :
According to the curator, the exhibition intends to explore dual and multiple selves that are created in both real life and the internet. Over recent years art has expanded its notion to move beyond formal canvases, sculptures or even installation-based art to include a slew of flash art, gaming inspired art, found footage, video art and art that comments on social networking sites.
However the one area that has remained uncommented upon, until now, is the online marketing of art. The earlier mistrust of looking at thumb-sized images of artworks on rather awkwardly designed websites has given way to the full-scale flash formatting of sites that give a viewer not just an experience of looking at the artworks but also virtually visiting a gallery. Slippages and disjuncture continue to exist between the real and the virtual and it is from within the trenches of this ravine that one begins a dialogue.How do artists respond to this widening market? Has it changed the way they work, the way they position themselves or the way they perceive their audience? @rt Virtually Real pursues this trajectory and enquires, through the works of selected artists, is virtual reality now more real than reality itself? How does it percolate as associations and triggers that effect the way artists perceive their world? How do they fashion their personal politics around this? While some artists see themselves as active agents involved in this changed perception of worlds, others are caught in its crossfire and chose to revolt through their work, employing artistic methodology that is often thought of as obsolete. However none can claim to be indifferent to the global impact of a virtual presence.
For opening night the gallery hosted a performance by artist Parag Sonarghare who reconstructed a barber shop in the second level of the gallery. His performance was a take on the effects of virtual reality that both isolates us from our immediate surroundings and from each other, yet gives birth to a new updated self. Parag was wrapped in plastic from head-to-toe while in the other chair, a regular barber attended to customers who had a haircut and shave. The point of presenting this duality was to bring home the two aspects of recreating the self while trying to find a ‘real’ skin to be comfortable in.