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One show, many images

`Emerging Directions 2004', an exhibition of paintings, proves that young artists are thinking differently



One of the paintings on display at the Emerging Directions show

`EMERGING DIRECTIONS 2004', the painting exhibition at Apparao Galleries, gives an idea of the current trends of thought among artists. The poor children in Elanchezhiyan's works are so realistic that their eyes command the viewers' attention and evoke an emotional response. The four ink drawings of couples by C. Kumar are empathetically delineated. R. Ravi's figurative paintings are stylised with female figures in lush green surroundings. The style is reminiscent of veteran artist Santhanaraj.

Deepthi Pandey seems to be quite taken in with the image of the lingam, particularly the three stripes of holy ash and the vermilion dot in the middle, which gradually gets enlarged in a series of watercolours. Benitha Perciyal's mild toned watercolours are small with personalised themes. They appear as if she is taking a metaphorical look into herself and trying to connect the physical and psychological aspects.

Inspired by yoga

The yogasanas and the concentration required to perform them to reach a higher level of consciousness are dealt with in Shailesh's paintings. The repetitive patches of blue dots in his works depict the repetitive aspects of life. The dwarf-like forms with exaggerated features, playing an instrument or holding some tools in Ramgiri Police Patel's works, evoke a smile on the one hand, and create disturbing feelings on the other. Prakash Wajhmare's paintings are Tantric. Tall triangles, with spots in the middle looking like energy points, are depicted in deep sombre tones. Bharat Jhaver's large diptych catches the eye with its bright orange surface; the human form drawn with a brush in dark tones appears energetic. Rajarajan's human forms are composed of shapes of vegetables, though these not immediately discernible. The bright hues give the effect of a mosaic. A different kind of kaleidoscopic effect emerges from Shruti Nelson's works that are intricately painted with flora and fauna in a sort of allegory.

While Karthikeyan indulges in abstract ink drawings, Tanuja's etchings are mainly of a single form. The interplay of lines, which at times move in opposite directions, and the textures created by the linear grains of the fibre material, pieces of which are pasted in various angles, evoke a mild sense of excitement in Mahendra's monotone collages. Viswam's abstract works are immediately recognisable with their quick broad strokes of the brush. Works of a few more artists are also on display.

The show, which is on till December 19, reveals that young artists are thinking differently.

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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