Stress on the third dimension

EXPRESSIONS IN FIBREGLASS Prasannakumar and some of his works at the show.

EXPRESSIONS IN FIBREGLASS Prasannakumar and some of his works at the show.   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: H VIBHU

S. Prasannakumar's ongoing exhibition of sculptures has a minimalist approach to everyday images

`Re-live', an exhibition of six high relief sculptures is a unique combination of fibreglass, bronze, copper and brass, along with four drawings. Artist S. Prasannakumar believes in a minimalist approach when it comes to representing his take on what he gathers from conversations with colleagues and friends, interaction with students in college and his very own observations on things that pass by everyday. He has found sculpture as a vehicle to present his gatherings. "Sculpture brings the third dimension alive and makes it tangible unlike in a painting where the third dimension is an illusion," says Prasannakumar.Predominantly working with fiberglass, all his works have a wall like structure forming the base for the reliefs. The reliefs, for Prasannakumar, are like writings on the wall. The embedded forms signify tension and contrast on the surface of the base. All his works have an underlying message of the presence of contradictions in different layers of society and what the society undergoes. The age-old concept of positive and negative, balance and imbalance, presence and absence existing at the same time, the politics behind it and the futility of it all, is communicated through his work.


A very prominent work features a tusker and shows influence of a mythical story of an elephant in Mahabalipuram. The kitsch ornate bronze relief represents a large brain like that of a human, contradicting the belief that elephant have small brains. Another interesting work is that of a predator and prey, represented by a crocodile with a relief of a brass fish. A headless quadruped walking out of the frame is a noteworthy work, too."Omission of the animal's head shows motion and activates the window like frame to maximize the effect of movement. The edge of this frame curves inward, like a guillotine," adds the artist.After finishing his MFA from Delhi University in 1992 he exhibited his work in the Art and Heritage gallery, Delhi, in a collective show about a decade ago. In 1998, he was awarded the State Lalitha Kala Akademi award. Subsequently, he took up teaching in the Thiruvananthpuram College of Fine Arts, resulting in very little creative output, since teaching took up a good deal of his time. However, last November he started on this collection and finished it in a span of 10 months. This is his first solo show in Kerala.Prasannakumar hopes this show will travel to other cities in India. His next show is already in the pipeline, this time New Delhi playing the host. As a professor of art, he notices that young students studying art today are not open to reality. They lack exposure and only a few students seem to possess the drive and take the trouble to go that extra mile to observe and learn from what's happening in the national and international art scene. This exhibition is on till November 18 at the Durbar Hall Art Centre.DIPTI DESAI

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