Array of imageries
The exhibition of sculptures called `New Expressions' being held by the four young students of JNTU reflects the mix of their creativity with their background.
SYMPHONY OF SHAPES: The exhibition is a representation of experiments and learning. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu
IT CANNOT be anything but high passion that leads young people to professions that are surrounded in uncertainty concerning fame and success. With dreams in their eyes, hope in their hearts and unbounded desire to `learn' youngsters enter into virtually unknown horizons: The college thus plays a vital role in students' lives - almost defining their future.
OF THE EARTH: `Portrait,' Terracota, K. Raghava Chary
Many things - unforeseen happen in the process of learning. One important factor is striking up new and even unusual alliances with unknown friends, which could lead them through different alleys - in all probability, finally to success.
Perched on such a threshold, hoping and aiming to carve a niche for themselves in the field of contemporary sculpture are four young people in the early and mid 20s. Raghava Chary, T. Subodh Singh, H. Baswa Raj and Amrita Shah are students of JNTU, College of Fine Arts who are presently having a group show of their sculptures called `New Expressions' at the Exhibition Hall JNTU college of Fine Arts.
H. Baswa Raj
Coming from different backgrounds, the students have used the sculpture department of the college to the maximum as a platform to explore and experiment and to present an array of creative sculptures, putting together a semblance of their backgrounds, aspiration and experiences. On the whole the exhibition is a representation of the extension of exercises, experiments and learning, the group has gone through, during their BFA tenure. The arrival at this juncture is a culmination of students under lecturers, where they have not in very indefinite terms evolved a visual vocabulary each. This could be an important fulcrum to formulate specialisation regarding their styles of working and choice of material in the years to come.
Raghava Chary and Subodh who have just completed their Bachelor's degree in sculpture are busy preparing a portfolio to get into Master's any where in the country. Chary imbibed his artistic skills from his goldsmith family. Painting, not the usual calendar pictures and portraits as a child, but various facets of drought and famine of his village, Marikal in Mehboobnagar district, a small award from a small local organisation got him recognition as `the artist' there. The force of which propelled him into the college of Fine arts here. His hard work and learning has precipitated into a simplicity that matches his psyche today. "I work spontaneously and enjoy getting quick results. I do not like to struggle too hard to create a work but believe in working very fast using simple techniques." Not surprisingly Himmat Shah and Henry Moor inspire his terracotta sculptures on show, yet they bear mark of his own simplicity.
Subodh Singh on the other hand sheds his conventional training as a professional in making statues of Ganeshas and Durgas in Dhoolpet area and employs his skill and sensibilities in creating mixed media sculptures. Mature in vision and speech, Subodh recites Kabir, talks of spirituality and philosophy and has worked on the theme `Kal Chakra'. Using wood, plaster, metal, bricks and other found objects he explores how the `whole world is bound in time'. The works, inclined towards installations, expatiate on the concept of man and the indomitable compulsions regarding time. Subodh shows a sense of novelty in his presentation of the abstract, objective and the subjective.
Baswa Raj and Amrita on the verge of completing their bachelor's portray two different cultures. Baswaraj, who hails from, Nayalkal, a small village in Medak District, as a child made heads of deer in simple materials and hanged them on his walls. He practiced by making pictures for his teachers and made small toys very often. He did know sculpture could be a profession, but after four years of regular work, is proficient in working with different medium and exhibits works titled `my strength', and `aim', echoing his abilities, faith and ambitions. In two relatively large terracotta sculptures he reminiscences the story of two sisters in his village -- a delightful allegory in relief with umpteen number of simple motifs. The highlight among his works is the `musician' in terracotta. Small and delicate it gives a stringed feeling -- lyrical and harmonious.
His classmate Amrita Shah is an urbanite `interested in making sculptures which are beautiful and engaging'. Her images of `men with cup' are amusing as if liberating man from the mundane realities of everyday. She establishes her urban moorings by using elements like telephones, play cards and buildings. Her `inverted heads' made out of wheel thrown pots are rational ironies tuned out with spontaneity.
The exhibition is refreshing for the visible lack of any pretensions. The conventional understanding of sculpture and the academic training merges well with the straightforward blending of personal perceptions here. Heavily loaded with symbolism - telephones and pyramids in Amrita's works, circles and wheels in Subodhs, flight of steps and rural idioms in Baswaraj's are metaphors of innocence and feeling, straight from the heart - not camouflaged in some understandable cerebral exercise.
These elementary steps towards creating a strong personal imagery for themselves with the same fervour, could help the youngsters to fortify their passion and gradually transform them into special individuals some time very soon. The exhibition is on at the Exhibition Hall, JNTU college of Fine Arts till March 12, daily between 11.00 am. and 6.00 pm.
B. PADMA REDDY
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