Footnote to the "State of The Art" show
Jaideep Mehrotra & Akbar Padamsee
[June 2000]


One of the painters who was originally supposed to be a part of the State of the Art show was Jaideep Mehrotra, who quickly twigged at the time that he couldn't really let raw personal creative juices flow over the shoulder of a computer-operator/assistant, and so he dropped out of the project and went instead to the trouble of immediately and very sensibly getting himself a computer of his very own ~ an XT with 2MB RAM, and a 10MB hard disk!

Several upgrades, a shift to Mac and a quick trip to the Big Apple for Iris printouts later, and Mehrotra was back in Bombay with a solo show of images like the one above at the "J51" gallery, in 1996. Reading from reports, the show received a cracking good press and also proved for the first time in India that "art"-buyers could indeed be found for such "Digital Lithographs" ~ although whether that would bring home the bacon over and above costs like trips to NYC for expensive printouts was not proven at the time and perhaps appropriately remains iffy to date in this country.

Purely as an artist at the turn of millennia however, Mehrotra has proven to be a man worth watching out for, as he continues to explore new frontiers in various streams of technologically-empowered art,.. including for example his more recent video-based installation at "Flashback / Fastforward" ~ a show sponsored by the RPG Group in Mumbai for showcasing works in unusual media.

A second artist who had been associated with State of the Art was also invited to ~and did~ participate in the Flashback / Fastforward show,.. but sort of as an oldie in the Flashback section. This just happened to be Akbar Padamsee however, who immediately Fastfowarded out fresh computer-based works in the form of breezy CorelDraw abstracts like those below.