THE ART OF VENEER

The versatility of art is infinite. It can go as far as our imagination can take us. Art allows us to create self-imposed challenges, break stereotypes, and force ourselves to derive new processes in to revealing unique, unexplored outcomes.

 

The Art of Veneer campaign was introduced by VENZOWOOD to stir things within the veneer domain, push the industry to its fullest potential and show the fraternity what can be achieved with the use of veneer as a material. The artworks placed before you are creations of some of the most talented designers of the design domain executed by the fine craftsmanship of Venzowood. Each artwork is a culmination of varied veneer pieces, stacked and inlayed like a one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzle. The art in-itself is a manifestation of the designers’ unique thoughts expressed through an unconventional medium.

(Funds generated via sales will be donated to charity) 

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CODED ILLUSIONS

by Anand Menon

4 feet x 4 feet

INR 1,00,000

The artwork is an experiment in veneer marquetry that explores the geometry of the human face. Created using a mix of whites greys and black toned veneers the artwork uses strong geometry to create an intriguing composition of lines and curves. The precise line work with varied spacing creates a sense of depth and illusion. The artwork consciously attempts to follow the rules of scale and proportion and break it at the same time.

BINDU

by Ishan Grover

VIRYA

by AMPM Designs

4 feet x 6 feet

INR 1,00,000

This art is inspired by the famous Paris-based Indian artist Raza whose works are inspired by Indian religious imagers & philosophical concepts with the colour palette also coming from the vibrant colours of Indian primary shades. The most celebrated of his art series has been “The Bindu” (the dot or the epicentre) derived from the Indian concept of “Shunya.” - The abstract of nothingness & yet that has an ability to add value to whatever it is affixed to therefore leading it to Infinity. It is also interpreted as “the source of energy, source of life”.

 

Taking it forward we wanted to compare “The Bindu” with various forms of architecture. The most astonishing comparison came up with the architraves being the fundamental element in architecture & Interiors has a similar meaning of shunya to it. It also symbolises its transition of aura & energy from one space to another marking the beginning of the space while leaving behind the other.

 

The four forms of architraves with wide range of veneers are developed revolving around one common concept of Infinity with enriching colours from Raza’s various arts, also transforming “The architrave” from a very silent design feature to a very transitional yet powerful symbol like ‘The Bindu” which comes out of nothingness.

4 feet x 4 feet

INR 1,00,000

With the theme, iconic artworks of the world, it was essential for me to confine my search and take inspiration from within the realms of India’s rich art and architecture, which has always been the world’s envy. After endlessly searching through books and of course google, I came across the legendary works of Shri S. H. RAZA. My love for pure geometric patterns and symbolic gestures made Raza’s work the right choice.

 

His most celebrated series ‘BINDU’ is derived from the Indian concept of “shunya”- The abstract of nothingness and yet that which has the ability to add value to whatever it is affixed to. It is at the center of this work from which all creation is born. While going through the process of creating the ‘Bindu’, I considered the veneer at the center of this exciting task through which an artwork was born.

DROP

by Kanhai Gandhi

4 feet x 4 feet

INR 1,00,000

Water - the most precious substance on Earth. All living things need water to survive. It is the centrepiece of our lives. Benjamin Franklin had famously quoted "When the well's dry, we know the worth of water."

 

A drop or droplet; the smallest visible form of water to the naked eye, which is so pure and miniscule. It is considered as representation of water. To give an understanding that the petite form of water is also of prime significance.

 

The drop is topped up with the red bottles depicting the plastic squander that has been created by us “HUMANS”. Plaguing the planet.

 

"Grandfather saw it in a river,

Father saw it in a well,

We saw it in a Tap,

Our children see it in a Bottle,

Where will our grandchildren see it!

In a Capsule?

If we still neglect,

It will only be seen in Tears"

Anonymous

“Every drop counts”. We hope that this installation creates an awakening amongst global citizens to join hands and stop WATER from bleeding because of the WASTE that we generate.

EQUILIBRIA

by Studio Osmosis

4 feet x 4 feet

INR 1,00,000

Balance is an ideology that drives all our lives. As Koi Fresco said, “Balance is the key to everything. What we do, think, say, eat, feel, they all require awareness, and through awareness we can grow.” Our life requires balance, whether it is the work-life balance, or personal and emotional balance. This is something that played a crucial role during the pandemic, whether it was adapting to work from home or having to modify your lifestyle. Keeping this universal notion in mind, we created an artwork that represents the concept through the lens of Wassily Kandinsky’s Composition VIII.

 

Our artwork ‘Equilibria’ exhibits the design principle of balance; composition, colors and forms. Unlike Kandinsky’s Composition VIII, we wanted to create depth using 3-dimensional forms and contrast of colors. Furthermore, the background merges with the foreground to create a linear yet dynamic visual narrative for the spectator. Elements like the shapes balancing on each other, the contrast of subtle background against the vibrant colors, create harmony yet a sense of intrigue and constitutes to a well-composed artwork. The veneer that the artwork is laser-cut and made out of, adds the texture and grains as well as a sense of direction adding another layer of detailing.

SYMPHONY

by Rajiv Khushalani

4 feet x 4 feet

INR 1,00,000

Kandinsky's 'On White II' is an explosion of colours, of contrast, an imposing jagged black cross is subdued by the yellows and reds on a white canvas. What could he be thinking when painting this? Or rather listening to as he famously said - Music is the greatest teacher. This is an important piece of art for architects, it being painted in a period where Kandinsky taught design theory at Bauhaus in Dessau.

 

This early modernist, oil on canvas like all abstracts is open to multiple inferences. Our interpretation is a way of paying homage to the master.

LUCKY 7

by Jannat Vasi

4 feet x 4 feet

INR 1,00,000

Prosperity and good fortune are the essence of this artwork. Based on the principle of seven horses bringing luck to a space as per Vastu, this piece was designed as a symbol of positivity. Using her eclectic approach to design, Jannat Vasi used abstract lines to create a work of art that would resonate with a person's wellbeing and harness good energy into their home.

POSITIVELY

by Manish Dikshit

4 feet x 8 feet

INR 1,00,000

 

Yesterday is not ours to recover,

but tomorrow is ours to win.

 

Turning over from the hasty break of the year that went by. A time that dispersed us; yet brought us together. At the crux of building over, Positively, we walk in union towards the future. It takes a small spark to ignite the wildfire of love and care.

LOVE IN TIMES OF WAR

by Kumpal Vaid

4 feet x 4 feet

INR 1,00,000

Given the current sentiment, I was reminded of a photograph that has people debating since 1945 titled V-J Day in Times Square, clicked by Alfred Eisenstaedt it portrays a U.S. Navy sailor embracing and kissing a total stranger on Victory over Japan. The photograph was published a week later in Life magazine, among many photographs of celebrations around the United States that were presented in a twelve-page section entitled "Victory Celebrations".

 

It was fascinating to me that a picture had so many interpretations and continues to light debates. But I would simply choose to use this impactful image to show as the end of one season and the beginning of another and how love/joy is an emotion that can overpower indifference, hate in times of war.

ART MAP 2020

by Saniya Kantawala

4 feet x 4 feet

INR 1,00,000

The art and design areas of South Mumbai.

Studying works of Mondrian where he contributed to abstract visual language in a large way despite using a relatively small canvas. We have used thick taupe brushworks (in the form of veneer) in comparison to black brushwork that Mondrian used.

 

We imprinted a part of South Bombay that imbibes – heritage, arts & design culture. Kala Ghoda was the first area that came to mind. Mondrian worked a lot with Cubism. He would use primary colours and imprint maps of various cities around the world. Taking inspiration from his famous 1929 artwork Composition II with red, blue, and yellow; his visual language is where we adopted something in a similar manner for certain areas of South Bombay.