The Loft To Be Converted Into A Studio Apartment
The next time (or perhaps the first time) you visit The Loft, you’d be forgiven if you plop yourself on a couch and make yourself at home. As of next Wednesday, May 23, the art gallery in Lower Parel, located in the same compound as Blue Frog and Cafe Zoe, will be converted into a 582 square feet split-level studio apartment, with a kitchen, bed, living and dining space, loo and shower to boot. “The architecture of a gallery is very intimidating, because you’re always looking at the art from a distance of six feet,” says owner Anupa Mehta, who opened The Loft in 2008. “But in a home, you’re forced to engage with it, you can come up close and peer at it.”
To this end, Mehta will use the light-filled space, with its sloped wooden ceilings (it was once a printing shed), as a functioning apartment/culture hub, not only putting up artists during their residencies, but holding small dinners, poetry readings and performances. For the inaugural show, Reconstructing (White) 3, which opens on Wednesday, nine artists, including Abir Karmarkar, Mithu Sen and Prajakta Potnis, will interpret the idea of the “white cube”, traditionally a term for stark white gallery spaces, but here a series of one square-foot large square boxes that will be placed in situ, much like they would in a real home.
The apartment will be open to the public, even when an artist is in residence (the first one moves in this December), situating art works and design pieces in a context more akin to the buyer’s reality. Mehta says she’d like people to see the apartment as a living installation of sorts. “We want to make it more comfortable for the visitor,” she says. “So if you come all the way here, we’d like to be able to offer you a cup of tea.”Tags: Anupa Mehta, Art, The Loft
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Tulsi Pipe Road
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