Mumbai: Method, known for its commitment to making art a social experience accessible to all, is thrilled to announce the opening of its third gallery in Juhu, Mumbai. Since its inception in 2019, Method has been dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary and post-urban art, and the new Juhu location will further expand its vision by fostering creative development within the community.
Juhu, a vibrant neighborhood with a distinct lack of art spaces, presented an opportunity for Method to address this void and bring art closer to the local residents. The Juhu gallery is the largest of Method’s locations, spanning an expansive 1800 sq ft. With ample natural light and 12′ high walls, the space provides an ideal setting for exhibitions and creative interactions.
In addition to presenting monthly-changing exhibitions, Method Juhu will emphasize community engagement through regular workshops, artist discussions, and performances. The gallery aims to enrich the neighborhood by offering opportunities for creative exploration and fostering a sense of togetherness. Furthermore, Method Juhu will feature a café in collaboration with Subko, providing a relaxing environment where visitors can indulge in speciality coffee and delectable treats from Subko bakehouse.
Sahil Arora, Founder and Curator of Method, expressed his excitement about the new outlet, saying, “We’re thrilled to bring art to Juhu and create a space where people can immerse themselves in art, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and experience the transformative power of creativity. Method Juhu invites everyone to explore our exhibitions, discover unique art objects, participate in workshops, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee at the café by Subko.”
The gallery’s inaugural show, entitled “A Reverie of a Memory,” will feature the work of renowned artist Anilakumar Govindappa. Known for his ability to capture ordinary moments and infuse them with extraordinary depth, Govindappa’s solo exhibition will take viewers on a journey through his memories of various cities. Known for capturing small moments in ordinary life and expanding them into the extraordinary, in A Reverie of a Memory, Anilakumar Govindappa relives the moments of his distant and not-so-distant past spread across cities. Though not exclusively aligned with constructivism, he tells an open-ended story through the colorful lens of his wild imagination, leaving much to the viewer’s perception. Diving into universal topics of home, love, and attachment, Govindappa’s practice is one of observations, including acknowledgement of the political landscape of life.
Take what you will from each depiction and let it stir you to recollect the overlooked pleasantness of a moment weighted in the world.
About Anilakumar Govindappa
Anilakumar has a BVA in painting from the Ken School of Art in Bengaluru and an MFA in printmaking from the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad. A recipient of several awards, including the South Indian Art Exhibition Chandra Ilango Jury Award (2013) and the HRD Young Artist Scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture (2012), he has been part of many workshops, residencies and group exhibitions.
Method Juhu officially opened its doors to the public on July 17th, 2023, and the exhibition “A Reverie of a Memory” by Anilakumar Govindappa will run until August 21st, 2023. The gallery invites art enthusiasts, community members, and curious visitors to immerse themselves in the transformative world of art and engage with the vibrant creative community in Juhu.
“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”–Albert Einstein.
It’s unclear as to whether Einstein was talking about a political or scientific revolution, but it is evident that art and breaking away are intermingled at the core. The Method is an introspective and “extrospective” approach to art and the world in which it currently exists. By acknowledging that limitlessness is an inherent characteristic of creativity, we fall beyond the domain of predetermined outcomes as artists and as a community. In doing so, we transpose and expand with the movement of art. This cultivates collaboration and experimentation for the purpose of expression as well as discovery. At present, Method has three physical spaces in Mumbai. Method Kala Ghoda primarily showcases fine art and installations. Method Bandra focuses on new media, photography, and human connectivity, and Method Juhu is a community-driven space.