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Contemporary montage

The second anniversary show at Shrishti Art Gallery features works of senior artists from different parts of the country

K.M. Adimoolam, `Untitled'

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS encompass a range of idioms, mediums, sensibilities and aesthetics. Hence, the visual language developed by each artist varies - even according to the conditioning consciously or unconsciously by the environment surrounding them.

The show at Shrishti Art Gallery, which is celebrating its second anniversary, consists of works of 11 artists, each with a unique imagery.

While Laxma Goud, Surya Prakash and T. Vaikuntam represent the twin cities, the other artists are from different parts of the country in the show titled "Identities In Contemporary Context".

There is no general theme binding the works. About two-three works of each artist have been collected and put together.

Paresh Maity, `Portrait Man & Woman'

Anjolie Ela Menon's (perhaps the only woman in the show) drawing of a woman's face (with a few strands flying out) done specially for this exhibition seems simple on the face of it. But a second look brings out the sadness in the face and the imprint left behind is a fairly haunting one.

Achuthan Kudallur and Adimoolam speak an abstract language on canvas, which is almost lyrical. Kudallur's abstraction includes bright colours, which kind of allude to calligraphy. As the canvas is covered with colours, some kind of form is hazily evident in the abstract whole. Adimoolam's bold strokes coat the canvas in colour leaving an indication of nature below.

Jogen Chaudhary's small drawings, albeit minimalist in nature, arrest the attention of the viewer on account of the thick bold lines.

In his inimitable style, the artist is able to convey the essence with just a few strokes.

The powerful image of the eye stands out in Paresh Maity's work. In a `folk' idiom (somewhat reminiscent of Jamini Roy) Maity paints his man and woman (more or less locked) in vivid red, white, blue and beige.

The eye imagery occupies centre-stage in his work.

Palanippan's water colour drawing makes for interesting observation. A few linear lines punctuate the space coloured in subtle fashion.

These linear lines give the picture an unsettled feeling. The background is a muted mosaic of `rainbow' colours on a white background. A rather simplistic drawing done with thought.

S.G. Vasudev's "The King" traces the face of a man surrounded by an earthy colour palette. "She and the puppet" has the woman and a puppet standing in front of each other though at a slight distance. The lines flow freely encompassing within them life's experience.

Yusuf Arakkal (perhaps the only artist to have exhibited two of his old works) draws man and woman (free contours) against a background of colour whereby the figures appear as thin outlines, which are visible on a closer look.

S. G. Vasudev, `He'

Laxma's bucolic canvas' of man, women and animal is enhanced by firm lines and bright colours. These `animated' figures engaged in conversation breathe life into the drawings. Surya Prakash paints a colourful picture of nature drawing the viewer into watching it.

T. Vaikuntam's Telangana women, familiar to one and all, are in his signature style - rather unchanging yet vibrant in terms of colour.

The exhibition showcases the senior and older talent of the country. In a montage of this nature a few young artists could have been included.

More so since the show is titled Identities in Contemporary Indian Art where the young also constitute the contemporary scene.

This show at Shrishti Art Gallery is on till April 4 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)


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