These days, it is not easy to determine an artist’s roots – where he hails from, etc. Young aspirants think, conceive and express their ideas through a style and technique that are essentially global.
The six young artists — Chandrakant Halyal, Suraj Nagwanshi, Prashant Kuwar, Gauri Ambekar, Nilisha Phad and Vijay Yannawar — from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, where they are pursuing their post graduate courses, showcasing their creations at the InKo Centre, Chennai, are no different.
The exhibition ‘The Moving Finger’ is a part of the Arts-in-Partnership initiative ‘Emerging Frame’ organised periodically in association with art institutions/organisations in India and Korea. The partner in the current show is Sir J.J. School of Arts and has been specially curated by lecturer Smita Kinkale.
The concept here is movement, which can be spatial, mental, emotional or even the simple movement of the pencil or brush on paper or canvas.
The expressions depend on how the individual understands it. The variety of concepts and techniques in painting and etching are quite impressive and unique.
Gauri’s love for animals is the main idea in her etchings where the cat and a chair can be prominently seen along with other elements like a fan which she admits inspire her. Her fingers have ‘moved’ with easy, almost casual flow of lines on plain backgrounds.
On the other hand, the prints of Chandrakant show literally the slow movement of the turtle; the form of the turtle is only suggestive and is brought out in bluish tint in combination with a mild ochre.
The style appears soft and sensitive, as if the artist is caressing the animal. “The turtle, which symbolises the organic chain in Nature is integral to my work. The patience and forbearance of the turtle, even in unfavourable environments inspire me the most,” he declares.
Vijay is basically from a ‘Shimpi’ family and the sewing machine is an integral object and a source of livelihood.
This has been the major theme in his prints. They show the different parts of the machine running fast on the material. Some parts appear almost human and the criss-crossing lines on the surface where the machine moves are suggestive of really fast movement, while adding textural variations.
Portraiture is her favourite subject says Nilisha and the couple of her works in the show are by no means photo realistic portraits. But the strong rugged features have their own personality. “Most of my works are visual documentation of my personal observations of the world around me,” she says.
Her paintings are abstract expressions on a somewhat dark surface with glowing reds, oranges and a dash of white make one feel as if they are a kind of a fire emerging out of her mind.
Irrespective of language, “words used in everyday life express emotions, thoughts, ideas in order to connect people to communicate, interact and co-exist.”
These words and abstract ideas are shown through common objects in Prashant’s works. Paintings that portray the modern habit of feeding a baby from a bottle rather than breast, the cross-section of the brain inside a kerosene lamp; the air, which we can’t see or touch, depicted by an upturned drop of liquid as if about to fall on a plate and a knife above it wanting to cut it, as it were, are examples of his ideas. Some of his prints are also a little creepy and surreal.
According to Suraj, when two objects combine the result will be a surprising third form.
Using strong hues he depicts three dimensional forms moving in space which appear like a green field, yellow ageing grass or colourful surface of swirling sand.
The creations of all the artists, made especially for this show, reveal their individual traits in thought and techniques. Their creations are on display at the exhibition, on till December 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., except Sundays.