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Mixed media to the fore


Watercolours, dry point and fibreglass sculptures on view as part of the recent works from artistes here made for a vivid palette.

It is during the last year of an art school that one is actually conscious of being perched on a crucial juncture - the threshold of a passage that could decide ones calling in the real sense. It is also a period where the student has more or less evolved a language of his\her own - a time of crystallisation for the future expertise in visual language and sensibilities.

These probably are few reasons that make it inevitable for final year art school students to show their works to the public and also stand prepared for the suggestions and evaluation combined that come along with the praise and appreciation.

The five day long exhibition held at ICCR Art Gallery recentlyproved to be a confident attempt to show case their works.

Quite naturally all the works were academic studies from a variety of choice like model study, still life, landscape, compositions from day today life, but rendered in individual styles and modes of working evolved through their previous years of academic study combined with a simple thought process, resulting in a large panorama of eighty works in mediums ranging from pen and ink, charcoal, water colours, oil colours, acrylic colours to dry point and mixed media.

Shiva's watercolour studies of scrap behold simplicity of execution and rendering, portraying a sensibility that could have far reaching effects.

Venkat Ramul specialises in pen and ink creating an ambience of mystery, playing with light and shade with his dexterous scribbling and washes.

Debalina Nath presented skilful realistic landscapes in watercolours. V. Bhaskar's dry point of a languishing stray dog is an excellent example of sensitive line and feeling and Raghavender's studious outdoor watercolours speak of a personalised style of handling the medium.

There are influences - especially from their teachers and their idols from pages of art history.

There is also the visible fear of losing oneself in the field, which today seems too big-- too vast, yet the confidence and intensity the youngsters showed and if provided with sufficient exposure the fears would not remain unconquered and will usher in another generation of artists in the near future.

Four young people - Shivarama Chary, Murali Thrigulla, Visweswara Rao and Raghava Chary showcased their recent works at the Kalakrithi Art Gallery. Shiva and Raghava are two sculptors connected through their inclination towards spirituality and the non-material world. Shiva - a Telugu university and Central University alumna barters his mixed media addiction with the traditional terracotta to explore a personal journey since childhood - the process of meditation.

Using a repetitive variant human form with slight symbolic variations Shiva's horizontal presentation is a narration of the sequence of the meditation process. The theme, the medium and the presentation all, complementing each other.

Raghava, a graduate from the JNTU College of Fine Arts with a Masters from M.S. University Baroda, indulges with fibre glass and unveils himself as a bronze figurine or a couple of beseeching palms - sometimes as a loner in the vast universe denoted by half sphere of fibre and at times as a pimpled mass of desires. There is tenacity in Raghava's works that seeks attention raising a few questions concerning ones own space in the world. Murali and Visweswara are the painters with graduation from Telugu University and post graduation from University of Hyderabad , each engaged with various aspects of things and happenings around them.

Visweswara gathers things that immediately surround him be it his kitchen ware or his shoes of two years -to reconstruct a visual form. It is the thread of emotion that binds his theme and its portrayal. Murali on the other hand chooses the various contradictions that are around him and continues the tangent weaving an allegory around the chosen idea. This time the works revolve around the modern girl and the chain of events, situations, objects, accessories and emotions that could be involved with her.

The show is a mixture of experiences of young people rooted in the urban society empathising with its culture and their own stand with regards to it but with unwillingness to break loose of the rudiments that have been enforced into them at primary stages.

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