The ongoing exhibition at Draavidia Art Gallery expresses the individual concerns of the artists
Eight artists in an attempt to revive the art experience that once took place at Draavidia Art Gallery have exhibited a body of works of individual concerns. The exhibition bears no formal title or theme; instead it portrays the artist’s expression without limitations. Anirudh Raman who has helped put the show together explains that art should not have limits. “We want to allow artists to be able to perform feely, without borders of any sort: in mind or matter. It has to be a platform where everyone can come together to showcase their works, in fact we hope to take it to a level where artists from every nook and corner can exhibit, be it national or international.”
In his work, Anirudh has displayed a clear portrayal of the conscience. Man’s greed, his need for more. Following the lines of God’s first creation Adam and the luring, sinful apple, Anirudh explains man’s deep desire for more, an unsatisfied appetite that has him lusting for materialistic things. His work of a man and green grass carries in the background a writing that says- ‘Grass is greener on the other side, greedy as a wolf’. The work is largely conceptual than an artistic imagery, one than Jain K G, an artist who speaks subtly through his paintings has however focused upon. Of melancholic moods expressed in non-verbal form. Of materialistic development and the haplessness of man painted metaphorically- man in pain, brought about by his own wrongdoing. Jain connects it through symbols, largely of animals. The artist emphasises this with the use of singular colours that provide the mood intended. Shibu Chand on the other hand has opted for bold, vibrant colours . Using regular images: a house or scenery, he has moved and pushed the objects in the subject to strategic positions to create an appeal of its own. A touch of surrealism exists and the artist has explored his potential and freely expressed them in his own style providing at angles a 3D feel. Following the traditional tantric art and influenced by it, Shibu Shivram uses geometric shapes and designs that he places with harmony and with symmetrical spacing. Austin Konchira has blended various colours to form a complimenting juxtaposition of texture and flow. Although varied colours are used, a warm picturisation in totality is brought about by, a controlled use of the same. Austin, 57, explains his work to be the result of a transition from surrealism to abstract, a result that has come forth from years of painting and teaching.
Surendran P Karthyayan’s work on the other hand is of realism. He explains his connections to the geographical aspects of Kerala; it’s lushness, where his painting focuses on Wagamon. He explains his intention to highlight the degenerative process that Kerala is now under the grip of. In his work he paints wooden shrubs rooted to the ground, almost nailed into the depth of economic development without boundaries.
Robert Lopez’s work is more colour oriented, where imagery falls into place later. Muhammed Shah’s work follows a monochromatic style in grey and black, a triptych, of a discussion in pursuit and a dead crow. Muhammed moves from a plastic outlook towards life, to irresponsibility and “the deathly ambience that has begun to wrap Kerala .” He explains it to be a take on an event in his life. The 28 works carry their own language and the artists’ individual perceptions . The show is on till the end of the February.TANYA ABRAHAM