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Alluring assemblage

The forsaken items gain identity by the sheer touch of the artist and his display

Photo: P.V.Sivakumar

D.L.N. REDDY the well-known artist from Hyderabad, presently teaching at the Hyderabad Central University has always been unpredictable. Highly gifted in his perceptions, he is one of those rare ones not to wallow in stylistic mechanisms or succumb to commercial viability. His new body of work after sporadic time gaps from time to time evokes curiosity and interest, for there can be an expectation for something new, novel and unanticipated.

His latest exhibition `sculpture to sculpturesque' is no exception. Exhibiting in Hyderabad after a long gap, in this show at `Chitramayee' State Art Gallery, DLN emerges in a new avatar of a `visual assembler' - making pictorial statements considering space, material, dimension, theme and attitude. Deviating from his previous engagement with drawing, painting, graphic and sculpture in various media, which have been well explored, DLN surfaces with this new facet of his versatility. The present show is an interesting potion of assemblage and presentation - assembling and presenting found objects that he has been collecting for the last two years. The materials range from glass pieces, brass, copper, metal utensils, weavers shuttles, ice cream moulds, lipstick, and cosmetic cases, pieces of stone and mats to an array of small industrial assortments and much more. Contrary to the image presented that the large panorama of these gathered paraphernalia, that seem to be carefully chosen `material idioms' for a planned presentation of three dimensional initiatives, the instinctively chosen trinkets at random, in fact become personal metaphors pipelined through an inordinate mind of a visualiser with immense capacity to conceptualise and ignite a dialogue by creating an identity to these forsaken items.

The exhibition initially might seem like a simple exercise in material organisation and articulate display, yet over a little more time spent and closer introspection the gallery reverberates with a Zen like tranquility, each assortment signifying a theme represented with simple precision and ease. In works like `Communication city' (medium: computer chips), `Space for more' (ice cream moulds), `the Butterfly in disguise' (stainless steel, brass), and `Guldasta' (18 wooden pieces) to mention a few, the physicality of the material regenerates to give a deeper meaning and newer aesthetic dimension. This capsule of 35 odd assemblages bearing titles for better understanding can be viewed as an opening for the Hyderabadi art lovers and enthusiasts to know and enjoy at least one unconventional trend of contemporary art in the country.

The show is on view at 'chitramayee' State gallery of fine arts January 21 daily between 11.00am and 7.00pm.


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