Arzan Khambatta, an architect by profession and a sculptor by choice, started sculpting after his 10th standard exams....
Walking through Arzan Khambatta's studio, seeing in close proximity a 15 foot metal tree sweeping up to the ceiling, a foot-high metal man standing muscles taught and ready to hold reins, and abstract metal lantern-like shapes hanging from the ceiling, one is immediately struck by the energy and dynamism inherent in each of these disparate creations.
A self-taught artist who loved messing with scrap metal as a kid, Arzan developed his own disciplinary approach to sculpture. Trained as an architect, he says, "I draw comparisons to architecture also. How some buildings are supposed to evoke some sort of feeling - the same thing applies to sculpture as well."
We are delighted to invite Arzan Khambatta - seeker of the unexisting, sculptor - to Mumbai Local, to share with us his approach to making work - how he thinks about sculpture as meant to evoke feeling, sensation. How that drives his design and creative process. And how he continues to play with possibility in his ongoing artistic journey.
Expect a session where we will be treated to images of his work, and taken through his process from thought to creation. Expect also to get an insight into how he works metal to become pliant and expressive, no matter what the scale. And finally, expect to simply have fun with sculpture, and its myriad possibilities.
We look forward, as always, to seeing you at this Mumbai Local. Do help us spread the word and bring your family/ friends along who would be interested in this session.
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@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
Arzan Khambatta, an architect by profession and a sculptor by choice, started sculpting after his 10th standard exams. He would scout the streets, garages, construction sites for scrap metal, collect the same and weld them into pieces of art he fondly christened "SCRAPTURES". A word that has become synonymous with Arzan.
What started off purely as a hobby, slowly began to yield income when his first buyer, architect Dara Mistry bought his first piece in 1983 for 2000 rs. He got his first public response in 1993 when he opened SCRAPTURES to the public at the Jehangir Art gallery in sept 1993.
There was no looking back after that.
Commissioned works started pouring in, the first one being the MOGHUL outside the jewel of India at the Nehru centre commissioned by Noshir Talati in 1989.
Now Khambatta's works are found in corporate houses, hotels, and private collections around the world and range from six inches to seventy feet in height, The most prominent ones being the dolphins at worli and the Ceat rhino at Juhu Circle.
Currently 11 solo shows and over 100 group shows around the country and the globe, Arzan has embarked on a venture that is close to his heart, namely Photography.
He also made a film titled "DECIBEL", a whacky view on noise pollution in our city. This movie has had successful screenings at the Kaala Ghoda festivals.
Also to his credit, he has just finished one of the largest ever suspended sculptures measuring 25 feet diameter and weighing 3.5 tons, suspended by 500 stainless steel cables.
His latest most prestigious project is the sculpture for the Legendary INS Vikrant, which opened to the public, this republic day 2016 at the traffic island opposite the LION Gate.
Besides sculpting, photography and film making, Arzan dabbles in a number of activities namely designing props and sets for experimental plays, designing and making trophies, he is an avid Iyenger yoga practitioner, loves travelling abroad, and extensively by road in India. He loves food, friends and family, he teaches sculpture and creativity to kids at his studio, he cycles extensively, currently solving a jigsaw puzzle that has 18 thousand pieces, is an excellent story teller and yes, he does stand-up comedy as well.
A large part of his time he spends with imparting his craft to children from all strata of society, be it the IB schools or the NGO children from slums and the streets of Bombay.
He is passionate about his work and takes up challenges, which defy his own creativity.
He lives by his favourite saying, which is "THE IMPOSSIBLE JUST TAKES A LITTLE LONGER".