Man Enough – Exhibition at The Cube Gallery Goa – A Contemporary Art Exhibition in Goa Investigates Traditional Manhood



Untitled 1 | Suhas Shilker

Untitled 1 | Suhas Shilker

Man Enough – Exhibition at The Cube Gallery Goa
A Contemporary Art Exhibition in Goa Investigates Traditional Manhood

TOUGHEN UP, CHIN UP, MAN UP.

A GROUP OF GOAN AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS COMPOSE MULTIMEDIA WORK AS HUMOROUS AND BITING RESPONSES TO TRADITIONAL MASCULINITY.

MAN ENOUGH, AN EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART OPENS WITH A PARTICIPATORY LIVE PERFORMANCE BY BHISAJI GADEKAR AT 7 PM ON THURSDAY, 4 OCTOBER AT THE CUBE GALLERY, MOIRA.

As discussions of gender identity evolve and intensify, a collective of male artists assesses their individual experiences with conventional masculinity.

On the opening night, Bhisaji Gadekar – a versatile Goan artist who is internationally recognised for iconic live pieces – will hold an interactive performance that invites audience participation. In the 90 minute act, the artist will mask himself in layers of clay. In using the earth’s soil to canvas his physical form, the artist links man to the origins of civilisation and contrived masculinity.

The gallery floors and walls will feature versatile works by Alok Johri, Francis DeSousa, Julio Dsouza, Max Orlitsky, Querozito De Souza, Ramdas Gadekar, Shripad Gurav, Sonny Singh and Suhas Shilker. The artists uniquely subvert gender-driven definitions of sexuality, family and individuality to explore male identity from a human perspective.

Noted abstract painter, Suhas Shilker, employs magazine cut-outs layered with ink and paint to depict commercialised sexuality that reinforces traditional gender roles. Concurrently, Shripad Gaurav’s multimedia drawings parody this socialised version of male sexuality through bitingly satirical depictions of overt confidence and deep vulnerability.

Firefly | Max Orlitsky

Firefly | Max Orlitsky

Photographer, Alok Johri, captures candid portraits and nudes to emphasise the psycho-social effect of and self-reflective masculinity. The vulnerable strength of his male subjects poses an important philosophical question: how does inward perception alter the outward image?

In a similar fashion, playfully bold installations by Sonny Singh employ weapons and mechanisation to link masculine traits with human volition – positioning individual choices as anchors to broader social constructs.

Established post-modernist, Francis DeSouza, also employs an observant, comedic tone to tackle the ironies of household power dynamics with a signature palette of wit and watercolour.

In a more sentimental conversation on family life, Ramdas Gadekar’s monochromatic ceramic sculptures expose the emotional and psychological cost of stoic masculinity.

Still in charge | Francis Desouza

Still in charge | Francis Desouza

Delving further into the philosophical nature of self-recognition, recognised Russian artist, Max Orlitsky, creates richly coloured expressionist canvases that illustrate identity as a conscious synthesis of countless internal and external forces like genetics, gender, age and culture.

Julio D’Souza draws upon Nietzsche’s analogy of ‘The Superman’ to study a similar vein of self-evolution. The artist employs a unique style of gothic surrealism to sketch inhuman and parahuman creatures that symbolise gender-driven self-conflict.

Metaphysical works by Querozito De Souza extend this psycho-social exploration as the venerable Goan painter separates identity from anatomy to spotlight the distinction between individuality and gender.

With both humorous and poignant tact, the artists uniquely dissect existing gender doctrine to distinguish between ‘the man’ and ‘the self’; thereby, reinterpreting the inherent chaos and adopted order of broad-brush masculinity in an evolving social construct.

The show is curated by Elvina Halli and Sonny Singh.


ABOUT CUBE GALLERY
Founded and designed by architect and artist, Sonny Singh, The Cube Gallery stands veiled amidst the lush landscape of a hill in Moira, Goa. Constructed to resemble a dislodged Rubik’s cube, the geometric, asymmetrical structure symbolizes a departure from the traditional. With noteworthy in house areas for a residency, store and cafe, the space transforms from a sleek exhibition hall to an inviting home base that hosts leading minds in a range of visual and literary forms of ideational exchange. Representing both established and emerging talent, the gallery houses a rotating roster of mixed media works and objets d’art by international artists and designers at the forefront of the contemporary scene. The Escher-esque space is versatile both in structure and function, making it a live-wire nexus of fine art, design and creative dialogue in Goa.


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