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Different perspectivesBhaskar Vadla and Murali Chinnasamy and their works

Different perspectivesBhaskar Vadla and Murali Chinnasamy and their works  

Bhaskar Vadla and Murali Chinnasamy present their perspective of nature

Nature is an integral part of the world of two artists who are exhibiting their works at Dhi Art Space in the city. Bhaskar Vadla and Murali Chinnasamy may both be preoccupied with nature and its deterioration, but their execution is vastly different.

At one end of the gallery, a vertical woodcut print shows a red sky. “Red denotes danger,” states artist Bhaskar Vadla. Look closer and one is intrigued to see a rib cage, black clouds and two drain pipes touching the sky. It is the effect of pollution and a stark reflection of the times that we live in, we are told.

Nature has been a source of inspiration for Bhaskar Vadla whose concepts highlight how nature is inching towards a destructive zone. Hailing from Hyderabad, the printmaker now resides in Baroda and oscillates between doing large and small works. A spectacular 19-ft print shows lush green lawns with the wheels of a lawn mover in the centre. “Creating a black and white print is easy but colour prints involve challenges as three colours have to be taken out step by step,” he points out adding he used three blocks for the print.

Stint as a teacher

Bhaskar who also worked as a teacher at Lovely University in Punjab began working on concepts during his final year there. “I would go outdoors to sketch,” he shares. When asked about his fascination for large works, he states, “We want to express some things in a big way and some in a concise way; just for the impact. Some works, though large do not have an affect but some, even though small grab our attention.”

Bhargavi of Dhi Art Space feels Bhaskar’s images have a shock effect.

The artist has also displayed a few small etching works in bronze, focussing on stories from the animal world. One exhibit shows earthworm like creatures intertwined in the soil. From close quarters, you realise they are actually plastic pipes all entwined.

His two-year stint as a teacher in Jalandhar gave him a new experience. “The students did not know anything about art. Even teaching them to draw was a big thing. I would give them assignments and make them do big woodcut prints. It was like opening the doors of a new creative world.”

The artist plans to tear his large works to create his next video installation. “That will be a new concept. The movement and energy in my works bring change.”

Lines and textures

When Chennai-based artist Murali Chinnasamy steps out, he is in his own world. “When I go out, I am alone and I observe the environment. I look at a tree and its different textures; one side of it is blooming and the other is dead with dried branches.” The amazing lines and textures of the abstract forms pull you in.

Murali showcases the forest through prints. “Detailing is tough. “I have used the dremal machine on one block to get the minutest lines. This machine is used by the jewellery makers for small carvings.”

Bhargavi talks about the yogic quality of his works; he appears to be doing meditation when working. “The works travel along with you and it is difficult to come out of it. As in yoga, one has to slowly come out of it.”

As one interacts with the nature in his works, the artists shows an abstract form and adds, “One cannot see what is inside a palm tree; This is my perception.”

(Echo’s Two Person Art Exhibition will be on at Dhi Art Space till July 31)

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