Tablescaping, the art of setting a beautifully decorated table, is a practice as ancient as communal dining itself. It's a manifestation of art, self-expression, and hospitality entwined in one, where the table becomes a canvas for creativity, a reflection of culture, and a gesture of welcoming friends and family. In this world of design and aesthetics, Eeshaan Kashyap, founder of Tablescape, takes table arrangements to a whole new level, blurring the lines between art and function.
Eeshaan Kashyap is a multi-disciplinary talent who weaves together food, beverage, design, photography, art, styling, and social media to craft inspiring narratives. His concept store, Tablescape, is a testament to his passion for redefining the dining experience. Now, in collaboration with Anupam Poddar, co-founder of the Devi Art Foundation and a renowned contemporary art collector, Eeshaan is pushing the boundaries of what art can be with their collection, Artist Proof.
Artist Proof delves into the enigmatic realm of what an artist creates for themselves. It encompasses experiments, nurturing ideas, and crafting the impractical—all without fretting over the final outcome. It's a journey that embraces spontaneity without hesitation. This limited-edition collection is a fusion of discovered pieces from various creators, interspersed with Eeshaan and Anupam's distinctive take on materiality.
Eeshaan Kashyap's artistic journey encompasses an impressive array of materials, including clay, metal, wood, semi-precious stones, and paper. He skillfully shapes these elements, transforming them into a diverse range of creations, from tableware and sculptures to vases, planters, candlestands, lighting, textiles, and even furniture. His work reflects an expansive scope, highlighting his passion for handmade craftsmanship, materials, forms, scale, geometry, extravagance, and humor.
Although rooted in his culinary background and a deep love for pottery, Eeshaan eagerly explores new horizons, delving into stone craft in Jaipur and Rajasthan, experimenting with various metalwork techniques like repoussage and sandcasting, and immersing himself in the age-old traditions of tantric and kalamkari art. This exhibit, presented on indigo-dipped bricks, offers a tantalizing glimpse into the universe of this maverick Chef-Designer, a testament to his ever-evolving creative spirit.
Eeshaan Kashyap's work is a captivating convergence of dining rituals, design, visual arts, community, and gastronomy, weaving together these elements into a harmonious celebration of life. This immersive fusion will be showcased in his upcoming exhibition, Artist Proof at The Stands, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, from September 6 to 12, 2023, promising a transformative experience for all who attend.
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