The New Art Stop

Head to The Z's Precinct if your artis­tic side is look­ing for a new space to fuel its imag­i­na­tion

India Today - - INSIDE - By Ma­lini Banerjee

Head to The Z's Precinct if your artis­tic side is look­ing for a new space to fuel its imag­i­na­tion.

IS IT AN ART GALLERY, A SHOP or a mu­seum, you won­der when you first lay your eyes on the grace­ful white build­ing of the newly opened The Z’s Precinct. But it's all this and more, for this re­cently re­stored Kolkata-style bun­ga­low in a tree lined cor­ner of Dover Lane looks time­less in its beauty, re­flect­ing the by­gone years. Owner Ra­jesh Sen’s vi­sion was to “re­store the house to its orig­i­nal look with­out mask­ing its age or char­ac­ter, whilst mak­ing it at­trac­tive in to­day's sce­nario.” This vi­sion finds ex­pres­sion in many nooks and cor­ners of The Z Precinct—in the old fur­ni­ture that has been re­stored and used to dis­play the wares and bright red ox­ide and ter­razzo floors. The ve­ran­dah is wrapped in glass so that it looks like an open air space, let­ting the light into the gallery but keep­ing the heat out. The ground floor in Z’s precinct is called Zoyah’s trea­sury, named af­ter one of his daugh­ters. Trea­sury is an apt word be­cause it’s more of a mu­seum than a shop, for each piece dis­played here is unique and as Sen calls it, is “wear­able art”. Take for ex­am­ple hand-painted saris by Bodhi, a de­signer brand from Bar­oda. Or cush­ion cov­ers by Sam Well, an Amer­i­can artist based in USA and Bangkok —that fea­ture modern art­work em­broi­dered all over. A must-see here are Sen’s own col­lec­tion of ties, pocket squares and cuff­links that he has fash­ioned out of eth­nic weaves like ikkat and khadi. The first floor is ex­hibit­ing Cel­e­bra­tion Dhi­raj

81, fea­tur­ing works by renowned artist Dhi­raj Choud­hury, who is known to have ex­hib­ited in the same space as cel­e­brated Span­ish sur­re­al­ist artist Sal­vador Dali and Span­ish painter, sculp­tor, and ce­ram­i­cist Joan Miro. At The Z’s Precinct, 86/7A Dover Lane Tel 24619353

A band­hani stole should be worn with­out iron­ing out its shape. Sen sources them di­rectly from band­hani ar­ti­sans in Ra­jasthan for their “in­ter­est­ing pat­terns”. With 3D cloth­ing and tex­tured sur­faces mak­ing waves in the fash­ion cir­cuit, here’s a lit­tle bit of moder­nity and tra­di­tion rolled into one.

Hand­painted Indonesian dolls

Brooches and pen­dants by artist Kavita Singh

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