Friday, April 20, 2007

Bat N Ball - Art on Cricket continues

No Wendy Nanan?
World Cup Cricket is still being played in parts of the Caribbean and art exhibitions about the sport still continue under a less that sour note. The West Indies lost and the expectations of tourist dollars did not materialize. Nevertheless, this has not hampered those artists who use the theme in their work.

At the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society, Bat N Ball is an exhibition hosted by Gallery 101. There is no presence, the principle here is to get your work sold and Mark Pereira, the owner of the gallery is a master at that.

Mr. Pereira has invited ten artists to participate, and these are individuals who truly love and understand the game. More importantly, it shows how the game is ingrained in Trinidad and Tobago and other parts of the Caribbean. This should be a lesson to the World Cup organizers where the spirit of the game is more important than the commercial package it was presented as.

There is not much to say about this show, other than cricket is cricket interpreted in many forms. Oils, ink, gauche, wood and precious metals
. The list of artists includes Embah, Jackie Hinkson, Che Lovelace, Sundiata and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, names well known in the Art community, and buyers who are well familiar with the space and its owner. May the match be a draw. Bat N Ball continues until April 26th, Gallery 101, Trinidad. -thebookmann

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