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Imaginative lines

Lines and colours dominate the paintings of C. Krishnaswamy, which are on display at Ashvita, Mylapore, till May 16.

COLOURS AND lines amalgamate to materialise into shapes and forms that transmute into motion. These elements are the focus of the paintings by C. Krishnaswamy, an alumnus of the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai. Floating shapes abound seemingly searching for meaning, almost reminiscent of a pursuit in creating order within a chaotic cosmos.

What begins as fragments and broken shards metamorphoses into an ostensibly sequential arrangement, and where initially the palette is restricted to a monochromatic scheme, a measured introduction of dual tones finally leads to a flurry of colour. The background comes alive from the passive sedentary flatness to a lively robust tactile space that houses buoyant groups of lines. Strict linearity morphs into the organic, the lines jostled around by the simple forms that fill the background, at first hazy then strongly linear, with shapes evolving into convoluted configurations evocative of yielding innards.

The artist speaks of his interest in movement, a carry-on from his childhood days when spinning tops and playing marbles were his passions. This gyratory movement is mirrored in his paintings where the lines may be read as suggestive of speed. Vibrations are sensed as the lines resonate from within affecting the contiguous space. The lines and shapes are formed by impasto with nothing being drawn or painted in the strictest sense, rather just applied, coalesced and shaped to mutate into abstract arrangements.

Alternating between transparency and opacity, straight and curved lines, between flat and tactile space the paintings assume vestiges of form. Masked areas serve to diminish the agitation with areas of pure colour balancing the profusion of activity.

Positively an interesting exhibition in terms of the concept and the progression of a theme, Krishnaswamy's paintings are on display at the Ashvita gallery, Second Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, until May 16.


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