Date:29/08/2002 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mp/2002/08/29/stories/2002082900910200.htm
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Egg of life

Sudhir Kumar Duppati's exhibition of paintings titled `Eggxhibits' will be held at Minaaz Art Gallery between August 31 and September 5. A preview.

ANDE KA funda. Yes, that could be a light-hearted title of a genuinely serious show about to open at the Minaaz Art Gallery (Banjara Petals, old road no. 5, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad) from August 31. Eggxhibits-II, an exhibition of drawings and paintings, by Sudhir Kumar Duppati, contains all the pun intended. Indeed, it is an exposition of the zygote in myriad manifestations.

A Hyderabad based artist, Duppati, teaches painting in the Asmara School of Fine Arts, Eritrea, Africa. A fine arts graduate from the JNT University, Hyderabad, he opted for MA in Art Criticism in the MS University of Baroda. Addressing the aspects of genesis and evolution, the artist explores the issue of existence. Negotiating a diagrammatic treatment to a conceptual content, Duppati moves on to embody life in its primary form. "Egg to me is a symbol of life," says the artist, "that which is neutral in its being - devoid of gender specifications." Concentrating upon the absoluteness of the egg form, the artist zeros in on the process of creation. The ovalness of the egg at times suggests the triangular aspect, reminding the spectator of the `kama kriya'. But the existential manifestations applied to the egg are so centric to this series that it becomes difficult or quite superfluous to approach the act of creation. Therefore, what fills the view and the intellect of the spectator is a play of form that illustrates the conceptual aspirations of the artist.

The game of existence is related to the viewer in abundance.

Says the artist: "Forms to me are metaphors to identify the `real' departing into the reckless paradoxes of life. These contradicting elements displaced from their existing context reappear in a space provided, juxtaposed with contradicting images...." While `The Ejaculating Soul' expresses faith of the artist in life and humanity, `For Sale' and `The Suicide Instinct' exemplify corrupted existence. `Self Portrait, a switched egg sitting inside a helmet demonstrates an absorbing range of visual idea following a line of thought. Illustrating some tangible aspects of life, Duppati generally traverses upon a questioning trajectory, which is self-introspecting. The charcoal on paper `Who am I?', `The hourglass' and other such works fall into this category. Being conceptual in content, the works of this artist touch upon a very diagrammatic handling of images. Duppati has always rejects the picture making mode or the decorative aspect of art practise.

And this exhibition confirms his refusal to paint for commercial reasons. In fact, deep within him dwells a spirit, which perceives life singularly and paints intelligently.

To be inaugurated by Dr Sudhakar Krishnamurti, the well-known andrologist and microsurgeon, Eggxhibits-II will be on display at the Minaaz Art Gallery, until September 5 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday 11a.m. to 7p.m. Tel: 3357129 / 7792018

ATIYA AMJAD

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