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Updated: December 31, 2012 20:06 IST

Form and formless

Harshini Vakkalanka
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Celebrating the transition from figurative to abstract
Celebrating the transition from figurative to abstract

Sachin Jaltare’s latest exhibition exudes peace

Half-formed figures rise against the swathes of colour: grey, blue, black with occasional bursts of scarlet and ochre in Sachin Jaltare’s latest solo exhibition, “Tales of Infinity” at the Kynkyny art gallery.

The figures are of a man and a woman, as lovers, and beings in deep contemplation. Their features are barely discernible, the man with a lean silhouette, lovingly approaches his slender, yet strong woman in a protective embrace. Their half-shadowed features seem to be formed out of the surroundings, as though there is no difference between the two.

Abstract motifs formed out of the thick, bold strokes appear in the backgrounds, the swathes of colour seem to be alive with an energy forming the shapes that arise in them. Spots of bright vermillion, red-orange or gold appear on their foreheads, sometimes on their lips or amidst the moving colour.

These formed beings, though aware, seem to be completely dissolved in themselves, as do the solitary figures. “The exhibition conveys my thoughts of something that is happening within me. This series is about infinity, energy, and consciousness. We are all infinite and life is infinite. Life is a mystery and when you dive into it, you become calm, quiet and serene. That’s what I’m trying to express,” explains Jaltare.

“The single figure represents Brahman, which is the core of existence and the man and the woman represent Shiva and Shakti.”

The crescent moon that rests on the Indian God Shiva is one of the few clear motifs in the series.

The series also celebrates Jaltare’s gradual transition from figurative to abstract. But this is an abstract that conveys a mood of the sanctity and reverence of creation.

“Tales of Infinity” will be on view until January 11 at Kynkyny, 108, Embassy Square, 148, Infantry Road. For details, contact 40926202.



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