SPOTLIGHT VOL. 24, NO. 25, JAN 14 - JAN 20 2005 ( MAGH 01, 2061 B.S. )

EXPOSITION Collective Reverberation

In his first exhibition of 2005, young artist Manish Lal Shrestha has come up with a collection of his old creations By THAKUR AMGAI Artist Shrestha, who is known for his artworks that activate the positive energy inherent in each individual, has once again used his creations - old and new, to catalyze our awareness and urge for peace. The painting exhibition that begun in Gallery Nine on January 12, has three new paintings along with the selected paintings and art works of the previous exhibitions. Shrestha's art journey, that begun with "Situation"-his first solo art exhibition held in Times Bank Hall in Mumbai in 2000, has gone through seven solo-art exhibition including the latest and ongoing "Collective Reverberation". Over these four years, the Shrestha's creations have traversed from a capture of the immediate and surrounding situation to the deep call for the awakening of ailing fellow citizens for the peace of mind. In his creations, Shrestha uses jar bells extensively as a sign of alerting at times of crisis. Like any other artists he is most touched by the current situation of the country and therefore the theme of his creations pivot around the peace and awakening. Use of dots is another thing that a viewer notices to have been used extensively. His explanation, "Dots are a symbol of eternity. It can be the tiniest possible and also expand to the huge size of the universe. As it moves round and round it had no ending. That is why I have used it as a symbol of eternity." Experimental by nature, Shrestha, uses the liberty of art to try various forms of creations. Through what is seen as a sewn together rag from thrown away pieces of garment, Shrestha celebrates life.


SPOTLIGHT VOL. 24, NO. 17, NOV 26 - DEC 02 2004 ( MARGA 11, 2061 B.S. )

EXPOSITION Nature Screams

Of late, artists have started to use their brushes to depict the current mess in their country By THAKUR AMGAI "We depend on the news for the current happenings. In that newspapers are suppressing our lifelines. This is an indication that we should also suppress the news at times." This is the message the numerous newspapers scattered around the art gallery of Nepal Association of Fine Arts are giving out to the viewers. As you walk along the galley, hundreds of newspapers scanning of Rakus prepared by artist Gopal Das Shrestha, a.k.a., Kalapremi Shrestha hung on the wall depict, symbolically, the petrifying situation in the country. On the adjacent rooms are the paintings depicting sobbing nature. Artist Sarita Dongol has colored the trees as if asking for a rescue which both indicate the cry of nature because of the deforestation and deteriorating environmental situation and as a reaction of the nature towards the ongoing bloodshed in the country. On the opposite gallery young artist Manish Lal Shrestha urges people for an awakening for peaceful eternity. The bells used in almost all paintings signify the symbolism of awakening while dots used in squares stand for eternity. Three artists got together to bring out their shows depicting the current scenario through the eyes of the artists. Kalapremi's show of Rakus is thrilling. It depicts the situation where there are fishhooks without a prey, a vulture waiting for a fetus to be born, monks involved in violence and many more symbolic representations. The plates to eat are broken- a symbolic representation of day to day activities being suspended. The use of black and white color in the Rakus indicate no color in life. Yet, people have not given up hopes and they are entangled in a thin hope. The broken plates joined by golden threads symbolizes hope - golden color being the symbol of hope. Dongol's and Shrestha's paintings are colorful and experimental. Dongol adds variety to her exhibition by adding collage showing how the conflict has marred lives of various innocent people in the country. Her experimental installation art with mirrors are there to show you your internal self. Shrestha also has put some installation arts. He puts other arts in boxes of canvas making it a bigger bulk in order to show the importance of the appeal of awakening. His installation arts give further impetus to the self-awakening of the people.


SPOTLIGHT VOL. 23, NO. 12, SEP 12 - SEP 18 2003 ( Bhadra 26, 2060 ) ART

EXPOSITION Familiar Sounds

The bell, as usual, dominates artist Manish Shrestha's works of art this year too By DEWAN RAI Bells are one of the most familiar items to all people. Human beings have great affinity to the bells since a long time ago. But the bells symbolize awareness in the paintings by Manish Shrestha. At his solo exhibition under the theme "Sound of Intimacy" displayed at Siddhartha Art Gallery, the artist depicts the sounds that are most recognizable. Shrestha's Painting There are altogether 34 paintings on display and the bell appears in each of them under various shapes with different effects of colors. Squares, pyramids, clouds and circles are other objects that can be found in his paintings. They are all symbolical, asserts the artist. "Overlapping squares depict intimacy and strength," says Shrestha. "Likewise, pyramid stands for optimism, circle for eternity and the cloud for freedom." The bell is wordless speech, stronger than human speech. The sounds of bells invoke the spiritual being in human. At different moods and modes of life, the sound of bell always acts as something that alerts people. The bells at shrines clang to convey ones inner wishes to the God. Manish draws the bells from Mangal Bazar, his place of birth to convey the message of peace to all Nepalis. "We need peace to live. It is possible only through unity," said he. To understand his work we must begin from the frame of his canvas. The pieces of frames are joined together to refer to unity. The shapes of the bells appear on texture in some paintings. The colors, sizes and shadings of bells vary according to moods, represented by the overlapping squares of different colors and texture. Shrestha, 25, chose a bell, which we can relate to spirituality, to articulate his feelings. Moreover, nine dots or circles in his paintings represent the eternity. The bells flying above the cloud suggests the call of freedom and the optimistic surrounding is created by the symbol of pyramids. "No, it is more focused on intimacy and unity," he declines to be called spiritual. But for ordinary viewers the paintings seem to possess spiritual quality. Shrestha, a graduate in Fine Arts from J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, has already exhibited his works in Kathmandu. This is his second solo exhibition in the town. Barbara Hewitt, director of British Council inaugurated the exhibition on September 7. "The bell in my cultural context, could be announcement, prayers, invasion or even death," she mused. Addressing the function Sangita Thapa, the curator, commented, "Precisely we can say that Manish's canvases reflect his joie de vivre and keen optimism even during our nation?s troubled and traumatized times." The exhibition will continue till September 26. Sounds of Silence by our most popular artist, Manish Acrylic on Canvas 14" x 20, Opens external link in new window