ABOVE Solutions promotes Art through its 'Art@ABOVE' initiative. ABOVE's art mission is to present and support art in its various forms through exhibitions and programs that occur frequently.
As a part of ABOVE's CSR program the objective of this initiative is to foster awareness and appreciation of art among people and to support the development of emerging and professional artists.
Art@ABOVE serves as a staging ground for all those who have a passion for art. The venue has 900 square feet of exhibition space. Art is the process of arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions. We aim to make Art@ABOVE one of the most sought after exhibition venues in Bangalore that is acclaimed for its eclectic mix of emerging and professional artists.
The gallery space is given out free of cost and proceeds received from the events go towards various charities that ABOVE works with.
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ABOVE Solutions Inc., held its first Art@ABOVE initiative "Metal Palette" on September 18, 2010. Art@ABOVE provides a unique platform for artists to express their creative abilities. The event saw a combination of tattoo artists, bikers and photographers come together for an interaction of emotions. Filmmaker and Board Advisor, Shekhar Kapur was also present on the occasion.
Ryan Lobo a photographer who has achieved world wide acclaim through his photography unveiled a unique - 'Tattoo Photography Series'.
Also present was 'Skin Deep Tattoo Studios', who showcased their talent by tattooing people live.
Speaking on the occasion, Founder of ABOVE Solutions, Poonacha Machaiah said, "Nurturing talent and providing a platform where artists can interact, socialize and participate is core to ABOVE's belief of fostering communities and collaboration. As a company, we build collaboration and learning solutions and applications; this is a different manifestation of the same core belief."
The three seemingly disparate art forms converged at a single premise, in one event that brought to the fore a common passion for all things creative. People got a chance to share the experience of using the medium of visuals, ink and paint.
The event was open to all and saw good participation from a cross-section of the public.
ABOVE held its second Art@ABOVE initiative- Soul Mince on May 7th and 14th 2011. The featured artist Praseeda Menon showcased her unique paintings. Her medium is water colours and the paintings were a riot of hues that reflect her soul. The entire collection showcased a series of paintings that came alive on canvas.
The paintings depict a culmination of work conjuring together a painterly realm of meditations with memory, of dreams and the dynamics of the relationship with them that fugue into a lyrical continuum with no particular theme.
Well re-known artist, S.G. Vasudev who is a very prominent painter from Karnataka was present on the occasion. The event was a huge success and received a very healthy turnout on both the days. Reflecting on the two days Praseeda said, "This experience has been more than I ever imagined. Art@ABOVE has been so encouraging and has given me an amazing chance. I am now, geared up to have many more exhibitions in future."
Proceeds received from Soul Mince have gone to HelpAge India, an organization that was set up in 1978, that helps to raise resources for India's grey population through various interventions.
Art@ABOVE held its third initiative, Dreams Infinite on July 23rd and 24th 2011, featuring artist Theja George. Items that were on sale included paintings on canvas, pots and handmade scented candles. The theme of the work was free expression.
Proceeds received were given to the Rakum School for the Blind which is located in Indiranagar. The school was set up for children who are born blind or visually impaired and who come from families below the poverty line. The school has over 500 children aged between two and twenty-six years. The proceeds sponsored the children's dinner on August 5th.
Art@ABOVE held its fourth art initiative Nature's Within on October 15th and 16th 2011. The featured artist this time was Ravi Shah, a senior artist who has won a number of accolades and who has exhibited his art work abroad.
The show was one of a kind; dedicated to wood sculpture, ink drawings and photos inspired by Nature. The theme of the event was all about preserving Nature.
All of the art work drew heavily from installation art, an artistic genre of three-dimensional work that is designed to transform the perception of space.
The gallery was transformed completely and visitors had a chance to experience something truly unique. A healthy turnout was received on both the days.