What we talk about when we talk about art

  • The first iteration of the workshop shed light on the history of art and aesthetics, and its interpretation
- Timothy Aryal

Aug 15, 2015-

Kala ko Bisaya, a series of art workshops, kicked off this Friday, August 14, at the Siddhartha Art Gallery in Babarmahal. The workshop, which is slated to be held every Friday for the next four weeks, started off with introductory lectures on Nepali art and aesthetics. The programme, which was divided into three parts, shed light on the history of art and aesthetics, its current status and the basics of interpretation. The programme was facilitated by Devendra Thumkeli, Keshab Raj Khanal, and Nhooja Tuladhar--all members of the recently formed Lalitkala Patrakar Sangh (LPS). Organised by the LPS in association with the Siddhartha Art Foundation, the programme saw artists and art journalists come together to discuss ways to write about art.

“Art journalism in Nepal has always been below par. In the present context, there is very little literature written about the current art scene. Among journalists, the knowledge required to analyse art pieces is lacking,” said Devendra Thumkeli, a visual artist, who is also one of the facilitators. “The sole motive of this workshop is to make ourselves aware of the basics of arts and to discuss the art of writing about art,” Thumkeli added. Thumkeli lectured on the history of art and aesthetics around the world, the scope of art and its basic concepts.

Next to present a lecture was Keshav Raj Khanal, who shed light on the interpretation of arts and the fundamental concepts of understanding visual arts. Khanal discussed the presence of elements such as composition, colour, harmony, rhythm and balance of art pieces. “I hope from now on that artworks will be judged not only on the basis of its shapes and sizes but also its concept, composition and significance,” Khanal said, addressing the participants.

Meanwhile Nhooja Tuladhar’s lecture concentrated on the understanding of contemporary art and how to develop a critical eye for contemporary artworks. Tuladhar, an art writer himself, focused his lecture on the critical interpretation of arts. “While our interpretation of artworks may differ, having a basic concept of interpretation is a must for those who write about the arts.  We should be able to differentiate between a good piece of art and a bad one,” Tuladhar said.

Published: 16-08-2015 10:29

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