Bygone Vignettes Exhibition
February 10 @ 11:00 am - February 18 @ 6:00 pm
Bygone Vignettes Exhibition
Speckles of dust upon a once robust Premier Padmini, paint off the once-coated double wooden door, mould over a flight of much-used stairs… all vignettes from a seemingly bygone era, captured through the lens of Vivek Mathew…
Over years of living in Bangalore, Vivek has witnessed several heritage buildings, markets and old parts of the city constructed by the British, biting the dust. In his endevaour to lend these disappearing vignettes… doors, stairways, push-carts, shutters, monkey tops et al an eternal platform to be seen and experienced by generations to come, Vivek has, since the year 2013, turned his lens on the innate character of wood, stone and the backbone of an era when Bangalore was a much-loved British cantonment, for posterity.
His love for old British homes first drew Vivek’s attention, with many monkey tops in Bangalore’s Cantonment disappearing on the same ground where apartments have appeared. Out of these homes, and into the streets, Vivek continued to document the textures, colours and patterns that define heritage Bangalore.
With few heritage buildings still standing the test of destruction, Vivek hopes that his series titled Bygone Vignettes will touch a chord among the citizens of the city to preserve what remains of a vanishing past.
Vivek’s curious lens have scored City Market, Russel Market, Bamboo Bazaar, Shivajinagar, Chickpet, Madiwala Market, Ulsoor Market, Johnson Market, Brigade Road, MG Road and Domlur, all Bangalore’s much-treaded areas. In future, these lens hope to bring more Bangalore vignettes, and perhaps other cities too, to the fore.
Via this exploration of vignettes past, Vivek has grown as a photo artist. More curious. More mature. More thirst to explore the artistic nuances of digital photography.
Vivek Mathew’s new series Bygone Vignettes will be on exhibit at Venkatappa Art Gallery on …
Vivek Mathew’s tryst with photography began with a simple thought – capturing the brilliance of a moment. Doing what he does best, Vivek today, has travelled the world and experienced the essence of life, through his camera lenses. And it is an addiction he never wants to get over.
Having completed his education at Asia’s top notch institution – The Light and Life Academy, Ooty – Vivek has gone on to bring life into Fine Art, Architecture, Travel, Nature, People and Interiors, through his photography. Considered as one of the “Young and Unusual” photographers of today by the India Today Magazine, he has also been featured in prestigious publications – The
Times Journal of Photography, Time Out, Design Today, Better Interiors, National Geographic Traveller India, Forbes India, Smart Photography, Bangalore Mag, The Times of India, Femina, Classic Imaging and Women’s Wear Daily -New York
Adding perspective to his works are his exhibitions, which have brought to light several aspects of daily life. I.Opener in 2005 at the ‘Renaissance Gallerie’ focused on subjects ranging from still life to portraits to exteriors, as Waterborne in 2007 at ‘Industree’, experimented with ripples, reflections and patterns. His third exhibition at ‘Sublime’, UB City in 2011 – Canvas wall – was inspired by the rustic and the crude. His fourth exhibition, Perfect Imperfections, in February 2015 at the ‘Art of Delight’ dealt with nature and man-made pattern. His fifth show, Yesterday Once More, in March 2017 at ‘Venkatappa Art Gallery’ was an array of architectural windows, chronicling time and stories, from different cities.His 6th solo exhibition Fluid Stillness,Life between Bangalore’s ripples, at ‘Venkatappa Art Gallery’ in March 2018, celebrated the beauty of Bangalore’s lakes captured in a myriad of colours.
Vivek has also been a part of several commercial projects and ad campaigns, the most prominent one being that of Bangalore Traffic Police’s “Don’t Drink and Drive” initiative. Manipal Education, First Flight, Lenovo, Volvo, The Leela Hotel, Home Solutions, Shell, Vimal, Bosch, Thought Works, Nikon, Wrigleys, Tata Global Beverages, Ubuntu, Indus Strong Steel, Minster, Thann, Ceebros, VR Bengaluru,Aranyani, Chancery Hotel and Belmonte, are a few of his other commercial endeavours to be named.
In his enthusiasm towards the art of photography in itself, he has also contributed to two coffee table books – The Laidlaw Memorial High School, Ketti, Nilgris, for their 100 years and Best of Bangalore Vol .2 Innovation Edition.
His pictures have also been appreciated, alongside various other artists in several group exhibitions such as;
Bangalore Photography Festival – in April 2007 – Leela Galleria, Bangalore
Shoot Out at Ranga Shankara – a part of the Theatre Festival at
Ranga Shankara in October 2007, Bangalore – Curated by photographer, Pallon Daruwala
Behind the Lens – in February 2009 at Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore – Curated by Ajay Rajgarhia
Wide Angle – in October 2009 – Alliance Franciase, Delhi
Streets – in January 2010 at Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore – Curated by Lina Vincent and Fiza Ishaq
Pressure to Globalize – in April 2011, Page Turners, Bangalore – Curated by Mahesh Bhat
The Festive Spirit – in October 2013 – Galerie De’Arts, Bangalore
Urbanscapes – August 2014, at 1 MG Road Mall by Galerie De Arts – Curated by Deepa Subramanian and Franck Barthelemy
The Many Faces of India – February 2015, at 1 MG Road Mall by Galerie De Arts, Bangalore
Photo Exhibition Fundraiser- April 2015, at Art Of Delight by Aarogya Seva
Whitefield Art Collective – February 2016, at VR Bengaluru by Art Chutney
Small and Beautiful – December 2016, at Art Houz, Bangalore
Happiness For Sale – December 2016, at Galerie De Arts, Bangalore
Pivotal 2017 Highlights – February 2018 at Gallery Manora ,Bangalore
Kala For Vidya – January 2019 at Taj West End/RMZ EcoWorld by Rotary Club of Bangalore and The Art Loka
His works are also currently on display at:
Galerie De Arts, Bangalore
Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore
Yep Art, Bangalore