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Footprints through art

Sudhir Deshpande's belief in the spiritual is reflected in his work


SCULPTOR, PAINTER and graphic artist, Sudhir Deshpande from Nasik is currently exhibiting his works at Alankrita Art Gallery in Jubilee Hills. Although the exhibits display the diversity of his art, one also realises that Deshpande is a sculptor.

Executing maquettes is how he prefers to regard, realise and install the expanded scales of his works. But this exhibition, his first in Hyderabad, does not provide him that scope or scale and space to install his sculptures. Indeed, his exhibition area dictates or pronounces his limitations.

"I am not bothered about this life, but I am definitely concerned about my life after death," says the sculptor. The statement sounds religious and, to some extent, spiritual. But Deshpande's aspirations are absolutely clear. He intends to leave his "footprints" generally by the choice of his medium and sound engineering he employs to install his huge metallic sculptures.

Thematically conceived, Deshpande is a staunch practitioner of Kinetic art form. "My sculptures move," supplements the artist. Forever negating the static state, he is consciously and unconsciously instilling movement into his three-dimensional works.


Deshpande acknowledges the lineage which provides the spectator that advantage of aptly perceiving the artist's inclination to surrender his concepts and executions to the force of kinetic art.

The digital graphics on display then in comparison to his kinetic sculptures and action paintings can be considered as incidental works. For the artist himself discovered the potential of cyber art due to some personal limitation. Therefore, these can be studied as grids which are at the bases of his sculptural works.

Perhaps, the next time Sudhir Deshpande exhibits again, we hope to see some of his sculptures in the scale and scape which are best suited for his medium. For he views his works as `Public Art' instead of the figurine concept that retards the magnificence of scale.

Having exhibited in the country and abroad, he once again displays this restlessness to spread himself in the world.

This exhibition is on view at the Gallery until November 15.

ATIYA AMJAD

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