The symbolic foliage brings in the fragrance of the village milieu.
A TWO-man show of art works always allows a better percentage of mediation and interpretation, allowing the viewer to establish a better interaction with the works as a resultant product of inevitable comparisons. , Thirty three year-oldexpressive and bubbling, N. Srinivasan and , the quite, sedate and intense, 45-year-old, K. Balasubramanian, presently showing their works at the Lakshana Art Gallery, are a visibly contrasting twosome.
The younger of the two, represents the new trend of using technical application as an addition to the conventional fine arts study at college. He presents large digital prints, while Bala uses the traditional paraphernalia - canvas, brush and colour for his paintings. Then, what is it? That makes them stick, appreciate each other's works, travel together, exhibit together and in their own words `have fun, fun, fun and fun all the time.' Despite the apparent differences including the themes they have worked on Srinivasan's dynamic "Hero" series and Bala's sedated "Panchabhuta" series, the bonding comes from the rural moorings they share, the common profession of teaching and more importantly their intense sensitivity to tradition and religion.
Representing the artists
The works are representative of their creators; Srinivasan shows the restlessness of a young man celebrating his position to enjoy the facility and temptation of the new age. The 3dsMax-5, Photoshop CS, painter, flash MX and a variety of designing soft wares are his tools, explored to rekindle his interest in religion, particularly "Shiva Siddhantha," his memories, as a rich landlord's son in native Tanjavur; through his images of `heroes' modern, mythological and satirical.
Mixed medium on canvas by K. Balasubramanian ; N. Srinivas
He specialises in juxtaposing sprightly, energising linear figures against the backdrop of a vibrant multi-coloured textured trajectory.
Compatriot Bala who works for a Medical college preparing teaching aids for medical studies involved with anatomical drawing day in and out, eases out with the life outside, which is a vast expanse of sublime negotiations devoid of the presence of any human forms. Condensed into geometric forms, his circles, triangles, squares and rectangles signify various facets of nature changing their identity with variations in placements and colour. The series of works titled `Panchabhuta' is a depiction of the prime five elements conceptualised in colour and shapes with strong adherence to memories.
The reference to rangoli, the earth colours, the symbolic foliage bring in the fragrance of the village milieu. Srinivasan, a faculty of the Architecture College, Anna University, is an active NSS Programme officer. He has participated in several group shows in the country and has done several digital photographic documentations for the offices of the President and Vice President of India.
`Hero Series' - Digital
Bala, a post graduate from the Government College of Fine arts, Chennai, has been regularly participating in exhibitions, workshops and seminars for the past two decades including the show by contemporary Indian painters at Belgium. He has had seven solo shows and his works are in many collections including the National Gallery of Modern .Art, New Delhi.
The exhibition is on view at the Lakshana Art Gallery, Masab Tank, till March 5, daily between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tel: 23378033.
B. PADMA REDDY
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