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Inspired by asanas

C. Krishnaswami's series of paintings, Kundalini Rising, transforms yogic postures into colourful canvases

INNOVATIVE APPROACH C.Krishnaswami uses his body to paint

In a globalised-technological age where computers and varied gadgets rule the roost, an artist has engaged his body in an act of controlled yogic energies to create art.

The artist is Chennai-based C. Krishnaswami, a Fine Arts graduate from the Government College of Arts and Crafts. He is showcasing his `asana impacted paintings' at Ashvita Art Gallery, in an exhibition titled "Kundalini Rising".

Indian art can establish its superiority in the global art terrain through such acts of developmental higher consciousness of creative expressions.

Body art

Using the medium of body, C. Krishnaswami has created a series of 28 canvases.

But how does an artist use his body to create art works? In this series, Krishnaswami has performed asanas on canvases that have been smeared with paint to create marks, which evidently are images of his `self'. The process requires a large, unstretched canvas laid out on the ground, which is smeared with colours such as van dyck brown, cadmium yellow, burnt sienna, reds or any other in either structured zones or allowed to fluidly meld and fuse at the dictate of the artist.

Precise positions

With precision Krishnaswami marks out his position, takes a step on the canvas and performs the asana leaving an impression of his body's image on the oiled and pigmented canvas. While in the process, he emphasises specific areas, which will accentuate the trace of his body; after which slowly and gently he removes himself from the canvas. And the process is repeated in other parts of the canvas with other asanas.

Sometimes he performs a single asana four times sequentially creating a rhythmic pattern against one particular monochrome background such as the blue or he splashes multi-colours and then intricately weaves his body images on it. In works as these, there is neither a narrative nor figural forms to interrogate to interpret the artist's intentions. But what emerges is the coordinated control of body and mind, which characterises Krishnaswamy's innovative and experimental works. Nevertheless, there are images created that appear mystical, esoteric, downright ghostly or organic.

Kundalini Rising translates the dormant creative energies through yogic postures into colourful canvases. This dynamic process imparts a different character to the art, perhaps leading to an alternative art.

Krishnaswami has been performing yoga for the past ten years. He has also worked in linear abstracts and manifests a brilliant sense of colour combination and harmonies as evident in this series.

The exhibition is on at Ashvita till May 15.


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