Amalgamation of arts, artists
Mix of voices, styles and medium
Thursday February 8 2007 10:11 IST
Leena Chethan is a woman with a mission. She wants to bring the zing back in contemporary art, to create a space for young talent. That space is still some time coming in a physical sense but under the tang inducing title, Tangerine Art Space, she has brought together about 14 young talents from all over the country at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat.
The show which concluded on February 7 was an interesting mix of voices, techniques styles and medium. If Benitha Perciyal plays with the colour-bleached, mixed media imagery of seeding fruits, to tap into a woman’s core, Swapna Biswas paints an outrageous fusion of beastial and feminine elements in psychedelic colours on larger than life canvasses, provoking both curiosity and wonder.
Sujith SN’s ‘Backside of the City’ is a mystifying, soft pastel depiction of a city growing cheek-by-jowl with not a window proclaiming its right to breathe or to look out.
A moon-stealing thief crouches on one of the roofs, showing us how soul-less cities have learnt to subsist without even basic overtures to natural aesthetics.
Sujith KS on the other hand uses a lush, colour palette to paint surreal animal kingdoms straight out of botanical journals but with a twist. Reji Arackal with his bulbous jackfruit is a scene stealer.
This jackfruit is a thing of extraordinary detail, scale and wit. It lies like a miraculous accident next to two small red apples in a plastic bag.
What could have been a routine still-life becomes a witty celebration of texture, form, size and colour. Lokesh Khodke’s graphites on paper are minutely detailed and introspective in their psychobabble.
Tangerine Art Space in its maiden exhibition, featured a group of fourteen young painters
A new art-promotion outfit in Bangalore, Tangerine Art Space, has in its maiden show featured a group of fourteen young painters, who have either completed or are pursuing their master’s degree in reputed institutions in Baroda, Hyderabad, Trivandrum or Shantiniketan.
Among the other eye catching works on display are the charcoal drawings of Lochan Upadhyay which achieve a forceful ambience.
Reji Arakkal’s elongated jackfruit (Still Life with Covered Apple; oil on canvas), S.N. Sujit’s Backside of the City (soft pastel) sighting a thief who has just stolen the moon (!) and is making his way among the mishmash rooftops of an unidentified city, Mahesh Baliga’s Wallet (mixed media on canvas) rendered in monochromatic hue, and Swapna Biswas’ untitled oil on canvas of a lonely girl sleeping on a green lawn are intriguing in their intent and structure.
Shefalee Jain’s oil on canvas, When Desire Becomes Memory (oil on canvas) impresses by its uncomplicated arrangement and delicate expression.
Contrastingly, Piyali Ghost employs tempera on canvas to unravel a series of sights and symbols in a rather ambitious work titled Morning Glory. G Mahesh’s untitled work tries to capture the frivolities of an ordinary street scene, while Sujit K S enters his Mamma’s Territory (acrylic on canvas) by delineating a surreal landscape in which a chameleon is about to grab a fly with its sticky and rolled out tongue.
In Magic Hat of Colonial King (Pastel, lead pencil on paper), Anil Kumar tries to generate a phallic emblem. Benitha Perciyal also hints at female sexuality by arranging textured mixed media bits and pieces in a semi-abstracted manner (Distant Within ). In his rather verbose graphite on paper work (Portrait of my Mother and Critique of the Self as an Artist), Lokesh Khodke shows an inherent skill which can be put to better use.
The show is a mixed bag of some interesting and ordinary works; while the skill and talent exhibited by several artists is encouraging, the paintings expose the problems and shortcomings in terms of content.
Tangerine’s enthusiastic effort would have benefited by a more careful selection of works and a forceful curatorial intervention.
The exhibition concludes at Chitrakala Parishat on February 7.
Times of India
Art Review – Tangerine group show
(By Nalini S Malaviya)
Tangerine art space has launched itself with a group show featuring works by fourteen artists. According to Leena Chethan from Tangerine, they zeroed on these fourteen artists after months of research, deliberation and screening with the help of art critics and advisors. All artists except two are still studying at various art schools across the country. Tangerine claims to have found “…14 of India’s most phenomenally talented young artists” whose “…works are affordable and still poised for a quantum leap in value in the foreseeable future.” Despite these tall claims, unfortunately, some of the works are bad, with blotched up paint and poor compositions. On the plus side, a majority of the works are skillfully rendered, display good technical skill, and also deal with interesting concepts. Swapna Biswas’s series of three paintings interestingly juxtaposes animal figures with self-portraits to accentuate the existence of human and animal instincts within a person. An inverted tiger next to a crouching figure of a woman illustrate the interrelationship of conflicting emotions in man. Using bold primary colors her paintings are well executed and have a striking effect.
Anil Kumar offers unusual imagery in his ‘Magical hat of colonial king’ and ‘Public call’. All his works have been done with pastels on paper. Reji Arackal has a humorous take on ‘operations’ – with wrestler like figures slicing at different fruit. An acrylic painting of an exaggerated figure of a woman holding an ice cream stick looks ferocious, and at the same time has a child like glee on her face. The artist likes to combine local motifs and objects in his paintings. Pierced eyebrows and earrings are meant to be pure decorations, probably to emphasize the feminine side to a wrestler like woman. Another still life with a huge jackfruit – bright green and exquisitely detailed is placed next to a couple of apples has an unusual effect. KS Sujith paints a surreal picture where animals and humans cohabit in a bright, vividly colorful and painstakingly detailed world full of foliage. Gigantic reptilian figures overlook the tiny monkey like human figures.
The exhibition can be viewed till Feb 7, at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore