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Contemporary in approach

An exhibition at the Lalit Kala Akademi showcases the creations of the students of the Fine Arts Department of Stella Maris College. On till tomorrow.


THE FIRST year post-graduates and the third year undergraduates of the Fine Arts Department of Stella Maris College are holding an exhibition of their creations at the Lalit Kala Akademi till March 21, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

They are products of the post-modern era, to be sure; they seem to want to prove that they think boldly, freely and contemporarily. Well, some of them succeed to a certain extent; some of them also prove that they have been exposed to the creations of well-known international and national artists; one can observe look-alikes of a Jackson Pollock, an Alex Katz, a Palaniappan, or an Adimoolam or even a Dali.

They do prove to be bold in the use of materials in their mixed media work and installations. Anyway, when 48 aspirants are showcasing their works, it is not fair to expect them all to be of high calibre. Many creations appear rather half-hearted attempts; but the artists are young yet and can improve with better application.

Too many disparate elements in some of the compositions fail to hold the attention of the viewer and also do not make much sense. Some of them could have been made into two or three different paintings.

Nivedita proves good in portrait sculpture as evident from the old man's smiling face and the same man's agonised image in high relief in two of her mixed media works. Similarly, Elizabeth Sheena captures the character well in her pencil and ink portraits. Nithya Ramaswamy brings out the emotions effectively in her stylised female faces, which dominate her concepts. Tejashri Calve's abstract concepts are quite contemporary in approach. Ambica Banu, Komal Soni, Meera Asrani, Neha Sonthaliya and Manjusha Ninan exhibit promising talent.

The installations by Sakthipriya appear simple but reveal her imaginative thinking, as do those of Rose Parayil. Payal Shah's installations attract attention, but her manner of sprinkling of pigments reminds one too much of a foreign artist.

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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