Inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel, ‘The Double: a poem’, Double is a show by 16 youngsters. Curator Johny ML is editor, artconcerns.com. The canvases are big and the work contemporary. Each work demands attention as the concept behind each is bold and even intriguing. The idiom is international as young artists aim to match the international vocabulary. The average age of the artists is mid-twenties and early thirties and their enthusiasm is palpable.
Winner of the Bodhi award, K.S. Sujith’s untitled works will evoke consternation and wonder. The mind of the artist will defy you. Try deconstructing the work and revel in the conundrum. Anil Kumar’s ‘Dead Shark’ and ‘Red and Green Manifesto’, the latter especially is political in colours and imagery. Wit is an underlying factor in many of the works. Artistic licence finds ample expression. Anjaneyulu’s experiments with hyper realism have eye catching effect. Aruna Alancheri’s motherboard and cupidian psyche, oils on canvas are interesting work, interesting being the keyword for the entire show.
The colours and subject of Reji Arakkal’s works are inspired by his home state. Both untitled works by Varun Cursteji’s draw you with their simple straight lines, yet luring you onto the images of period furniture. The animal imagery intrigues. The mechanics of Umesh Unni’s mind is translated into fine works. Both works of Swapna Biswas are big ones and the woman –tiger imagery incites many interpretations. Sujith S. N.’s ‘place called city’, dry pastel and charcoal on paper (60x 60) is modern in style, technique, images and use of colours. Piyali Ghosh’s works clearly reveal a precious maturity, a talent that will take the artist far. Mahesh Baliga, Lochan Upadhaya, Hariharan K. N, Soumya Samantha are some of the artists whose works are on show. A good show, Double is on till August 31.