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Unique alchemy

Fourteen Indian artists have lent their innovative touch to fashion. Their works are on show at Apparao Galleries


ART HAS been re-inventing and redefining itself consequent to changes in ideologies that allows it to be viewed as a cultural object within a contemporary milieu. Despite complexities in understanding its visual language it has been appropriated by another cultural player — fashion. And today art and fashion have seamlessly integrated as the recent fashion-art show "Culturalties" demonstrated.

Within this context, Apparao Galleries is showcasing the works of 14 high-profile Indian artists whose works have proved as a referential and inspirational springboard to Satya Paul's line of neckties. The 14 Indian artists who are part of this exhibition are A.

Balasubramaniam, Premlata Seshadri, Rm. Palaniappan, K. Muralidharan, Maya Burman, Sakti Burman, Harshavardhana, Sujata Bajaj, K. Laxma Goud, Anwar, P.G. Dinesh, Sidharth, Smriti Dixit and Senaka Senanayaka.

Their creations range from figurative to abstract. A. Bala's bold and dynamic structured composition of black and grey are not only arresting but also refreshingly different. He exhibits the same minimalism that he demonstrates in his sculptures and installations. Palaniappan's canvases further minimalise the narrative of line against perfectly a orchestrated textured background to create a dance of linear shapes. Harshavardhana in the tradition of post-painterly American Abstractionists challenges the viewer with its large areas of monochromatic colours juxtaposed with slight brilliant hues or playful triangles in white. Sujata Bajaj invokes Indian ethnicity through deployment of traditional colours splashed in a vibrant manner. Smriti Dixit's structured white on white compositions created with cotton or silk threads are a radical departure from her earlier works.

Premlata's distinct birds in minimalist calligraphic rendering evocatively establish the routine of avian activities with their movement, silence and preening. The delicacy of design in the recreation of Nature and the meticulous precision of details are aptly demonstrated in Maya Burman's works. Sakti Burman `Alchemist of Dreams' dexterously combines the Indian and Italian mural technique to create a surreal ambience. Senaka's works of avian creatures dressed up in pinks and mauves are breathtakingly fresh in their colours and draftsmanship. Dinesh's works strike a distinct note. He evolves his ideas not on the traditional flat support of canvas or paper. Rather he uses three-dimensional white wooden blocks on which his imagery plays maverick tricks, providing a visual challenge. Laxma's erotic and sensuous hybrid female forms and endearing representations of goats come alive through delicate rhythmic linearity that nevertheless has established his signatorial style. Muralidharan's sacred iconic forms and mythic animals are playfully stretched out on the textured surfaces of his canvas.

Along with these artists the gallery space is also shared by international artists whose reproductions are also on display. This makes the viewing tedious and mind numbing. Lack of space becomes a major constraint when showcasing these diverse and different works.

The exhibition is on at Apparao Galleries till February 10.

ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT

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