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Artist Ashish Kushwaha’s Tribute to his Inspiration – Nature: This Exhibition compels us to think about Present day Human Habits

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New Delhi, May 28, 2017: In a world dominated by urban sprawl with high-rises and rampant deforestation, birds and animals are suffering a loss of habitat which, in turn, adds up to a loss of inheritance. An exhibition here compels us to think about the present day human habits.

From the rhinos at Kaziranga to the magnificent deer with antlers that could very well re-imagine a map of boned abundance to a peacock sitting and watching bricks being tossed up, artist Ashish Kushwaha is an environmentalist at heart.

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His tribute to nature, “Inheritance of Loss” is on view at India International Centre till May 29 here.

The artist creates works that have an ecological echo.

While the works give us an urban overview of a landscape these are not pretty in the least.

They reflect the cruelty of large scale rampant deforestation and the race to develop grasslands into skyscrapers that banish wildlife species.

“Over the past five years, he has continually exposed the workings of urban development,” according to noted art curator Uma Nair.

Nair feels that the works look like as we are looking at urban metaphors.

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“These works on canvasses, as well as a few small watercolours, look at the loss of habitat for animals and birds in the face of vanishing forests and large scale development without a thought for species who are facing the reality of no place to exist,” she said.

For the artist, his paintings are silent conversations.

“I am always thinking of prakriti — of the earth as a planet in which there is harmony between animals and man. But what I see is very different and very difficult for me,” Kushwaha said.

“I believe that art must communicate. It must tell a story and it must have a message. Animals and birds and man – we’re two halves of a whole,” he added.

“Sometimes I feel at the rate at which we are moving we certainly won’t last forever,” he maintained.

As an artist, Kushwaha is making a commentary on the many high rises and in telling a story of shrinking space between animals and man.

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“Tomorrow this story will make history because we will be looking at the endangering and extinction of animals and birds because of our selfish habits,” he said.

“If my canvasses and watercolours tell the story, our story, a human story, then in a hundred years, they can be considered an art reference, when, like the sparrows, we will hardly see these beautiful birds and animals,” he added.

The exhibition questions contemporary realities and leaves viewers deeply disturbed because it is the beauty and magnificent monumentality of a rhinocerous from Kaziranga, a graceful deer and a rapturous peacock that will stir us out of our stupor. (IANS)

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Follow these Home Decor Trends in your Homes in 2020

Technology to meet nature in 2020 homes

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You need to adopt these modern home decor trends in your homes soon. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

The new year brings with it new decor trends, and what better place to start than your home.

Improve the look and feel of your home with these 2020 Home Decor Trends, suggested by interior designers, architects and home decor experts.

Say yes to plants

1. Indoor gardening will see a big push as an effort to purify air while beautifying the living quarters naturally. There are already vertical gardens in apartment balconies, and people give importance to designing their garden with ornaments and interesting pots, to bring in natural sources of oxygen. – Syed Habib, Danube Home

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Do not forget to decorate your home with indoor plants. Pixabay

2. With the 2019 pollution menace, city homeowners will incorporate nature into their home design. It is not only restricted to bringing in plants but also using more natural materials like wood and stone. If one does not want the added effort of upkeeping plants, a different way to bring in flora into your space is using floral printed wallpapers. – Sameer A.M., Bonito Designs

Earthy tones are in

3. Taupe, forest green and clay colours like terracotta create a serene environment for unwinding after a long day. Colours and textures of wood, metals, clay, rich forest greens and foliage found in nature will be used to create a natural look. Home is all about comfort and well being, cut out to perfection. – Sonal Tayal, Livspace

Technology rules

4. An oasis of serenity and self-care, bathrooms are quintessential to every home and they are integral to the overall aesthetic appeal of the house. In 2020, smart showers with automatic temperature controls and sensors, self-cleaning and bidet-style toilets, showers with LED lighting, motion control and voice-activated lighting will be in vogue. – Sanjay Kalra , Brilloca Ltd.

5. Think about a house where appliances talk to each other and they operate basis the usage and also helps consumers save energy. Intelligent devices across a range of products such as water purifiers, water heaters and air conditioners will gain widespread adoption in 2020. – Rakesh Kaul, Somany Home Innovation Ltd

Nod to neutrals

6. A big yes to the neutrals this upcoming year! We should never underestimate the power of neutrals. Whether it is about walls, furniture or bedding, neutrals always spell sophistication at its best. The warm tone of grey, beige and white will make their way in for 2020. – Heena Jain, WoodenStreet Modern, stylish kitchens

7. The year 2020 is going to see a lot of matte finishes and bold, patterned backsplashes. Bohemian, Scandinavian and rustic styles of design are going to rule kitchens. Colours like turquoise blue, rich emerald and bold yellows will trend when it comes to kitchen cabinets. Classic subway tiles and Moroccan patterns will continue to be a rage. – Sonal Tayal, Livspace.

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Your home designing is incomplete without modern and stylish kitchens. Pixabay

Modern, stylish kitchens

8. Homeowners don’t like to see appliances sticking out everywhere anymore and that’s the new face of luxury. From a design standpoint, the modular kitchens are now being customised to suit one’s need. Auto clean chimneys are now a mainstay as Indian cooking uses oils and masalas and it helps in keeping kitchens smoke and grime free. – Rakesh Kaul, Somany Home Innovation Ltd.

Decluttered homes, please

9. A trend we expect to see is the use of clever furniture to declutter homes. Decluttering homes and bringing in furniture pieces that have both a functional and aesthetic appeal is the way forward. Pieces which can double up as a bed or sofa or seating with a storage unit has seen high demand in the last few months. Ready-to-be-assembled products – smart products that can be stored in smaller spaces will take over the shelves in the coming time. – Syed Habib, Danube Home

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A welcoming cocoon

10. 2020 is the year to flaunt the house and welcome more guests over. Homeowners will feel the need to focus on making their home environment more sociable. Design elements that inspire conversation are to be incorporated into the space. To create a sociable vibe in a limited area, pair one sofa with a chair and a footstool that doubles as a coffee table or an additional seat. – Sameer A.M., Bonito Designs. (IANS)