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Colours at Crimson

Two ongoing shows by the gallery are worth a look



Ved Nayar's Celestial Dress Amidst Planets- 2

CRIMSON - THE Art Resource has organised two exhibitions simultaneously in the city — one at The Hatworks Boulevard (see box) and the other at its own gallery at Safina Plaza.

Beyond Boundaries at Hatworks celebrates coming together of 18 Karnataka artists and includes some well-known names like Yusuf Arakkal, S.G. Vasudev, Paresh Hazra, Bhaskar Rao, Jasu Rawal, Rekha Rao, Babu Eshwar Prasad and Suresh Jayaram.

Arakkal, in The Framed Portrait, brings a stark grimness through deep tones of oil on canvas, while Jayaram, in a set of four small postcard-sized works, experiments by Revisiting Ravi Varma. Vasudev's women profiles glow in blue and yellow, and Bhaskar Rao's puppets are neatly etched and disciplined pieces which try to breathe life into inanimate objects.

Among the eye-catching works of the exhibition are Ramesh Rao's Fugitives, portraying three squatting villagers and a dog loitering in the vicinity, and Rekha Rao's Cloud Seeding, with its dramatic rendering of the wait for water. The latter combines moods of anticipation and muffled anguish even while hinting tones of optimism in the form of a blooming flower.

Sultana Hassan's delineation of men and women are made interesting in her use of pastel colours on paper.

Jasu Rawal and M.S. Murthy work on their abstracts, while Gurudas Shenoy seems intent on swamping his canvas with colours and J.M.S. Mani continues his interpretation of Badami People.

Haunting impressions

Babu Eshwar Prasad's Between the Sky and the Earth brings together seemingly disparate elements to create haunting impressions of excavation and exploration.

Two untitled works of T.M. Aziz in the three-foot square format make for interesting visual experience. In the first, a magnified palm superimposed by black scrabble-like pieces strikes with its intriguing revelation. Even better results accrue in his presentation of a little boy, his arms outstretched, standing on a mosaic floor. The unusual angle and well-controlled approach to form, colour and content enhance the overall feel of the work.

Naozar Daruwalla comes up with a couple of intriguing works. One has the fascinating image of a male head while the next one, curiously titled Thandi Hawa, Garam Chai, creates an exciting but random collection of ceiling fans, empty teacup, and a sleeping couple on a railway platform.

The exhibition at Crimson's gallery at Safina Plaza features the works of Ved Nayar and Gogi Saroj Pal. While Nayar interprets human predicament with his elongated figurines engaged in a variety of activities, Gogi's colourful works in the phulkari series, painted with acrylic colours on canvas and printed export cloth, are quite familiar to the city's viewer.

Both exhibitions close on October 30.

ATHREYA

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