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A passion for dreams

IN ORDER to find his equilibrium Manoj Vyloor culls the best from his dreams and fantasies and then correlates them to the tangible, physical world around him. He sifts through the ensuing images, nurturing with sensitivity the ones that linger. Dreams and intuitions are his passion; cryptic messages that he is in a sense forced to follow. Soon the codified images find their assigned place on his canvas and the artistic process that began unwittingly comes to its final conclusion.

These images are silent tremors that pulsate within an artist, says Mr. Vyloor. And their epicentre lies hidden somewhere in the picture. But before the viewer starts to unravel this mystery he must feel the ripples; in a sense respond to them, which is the ultimate aim of any artist.

In the beginning of his career Mr. Vyloor had a short stint with figurative art but soon dismissed it in favour of metaphysical and surrealist styles. He found inspiration in the works of Kiefer, Kitaj and the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. But here in the current exhibition on at Durbar Hall, Mr. Vyloor takes off from a bronze sculptural piece done by French artist Brancusi. The latter's Sleeping Muse is the inspiration for Mr. Vyloor's Listening Muse.

He found in Brancusi's thinker the serenity of the Buddha and his own picture reflects a similar calmness. Mr. Vyloor's works are a metaphor for life. The routine mental and physical displacement of people disturbs this perceptive artist and he is moved to describe their pathos.

"Everywhere I only see an entangling effect of life." The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a poignant narration of the reverberations of the earthquake that brought life to a standstill in Gujarat. A similar dislocation marks the lives of acrobats and clowns, the characters of a circus for whom life is a play of chance.

In his canvas titled, Theatre of Lost Players, Mr. Vyloor uses vibrant, unmixed colours to create a brilliant pictorial symphony. His latest works are the two landscapes, Wall Poster1 and 2 where the artist takes photographic references of the scenery around him but doesn't leave it at that.

He continues to layer it with his own modifications and attitudes. Side by side are his earlier works like the Dance of Twilight, a brightly coloured picture that represents the idea of complete freedom.From Durbar Hall, Mr. Vyloor's collection moves to Mumbai's Satya Gallery where it will be on display, starting from the end of December.


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