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Illustrations of a passage

The exhibition of the three-Delhi based artistes chart three different journeys



JOURNEY They are different in their styles and approaches to life

Three young Delhi-based artists, Rahul Chaudhury, Bara Babu Mahto and Manoj Kumar set apart by “Three degrees of Separation” depict their lives and journeys at Olive Beach. Shailin Smith, the curator of the exhibition, explains that while the three artists are all from New Delhi, they are different in their styles and approaches to life by only three degrees. Babu, who hails from Bihar and educated at Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi with a B.F.A and M.F.A in Sculpture, chooses to express his feelings of aspiration in deep, dark hues on paper. His song of an immigrant and as a struggling artist is etched into his works, as he portrays the constant struggle for survival as an artist and human being in upward movements. Stark inky black tones loom large in the acrylic and paint on paper. He chooses dark colours to portray direct emotions and feelings, as soon as one begins to introspect in your head. The abstract figures are constantly evolving, pointing upwards in the spiral drawings in the artist’s use of mixed media.

Rahul Chaudhury who is a Delhi-bred artist uses sharp, fluorescent tones of pinks and yellows to express his human desires in water-colours. Two different senses — shadow and sound — constantly lurk and find their way into his works. Distorted images of an ogre-like figure, with a double image are supposed to signify our shadow or inner most expressions and feelings that is constantly put behind and covered up by our frontal form. This duality of the individual is a point in expression of the fact that there could be conflicting views that are not always expressed. Sound is another sense that the artist uses to expound in his collection “Burning Desire”. A phallic symbol signifying more than masculinity — passion and drive — is used to visualise the artist’s drive.

The impact of sound both in the mind and environment around is painted in the disjointed images.

Manoj Kumar Paswan from Madhubani in Bihar uses deep colours of black, green, blue and red in his works. Again, the journey of the immigrant from the rural to the urban is strongly expressed in the use of red ants on their journey in the intensely colourful, yet sober “Transformation of Desire”. A map-like geographical representation charts the personal journey of the artists. The blue and the green are again used to convey the deep influence of the rural landscape on the artist. The different shades of green in “Woman and We”, again signifies pastoral colours. The usage of defining lines don’t tend to separate, but rather entwine and overlap. While “Interaction with Nature” is a black and white with a strong impression of the rural, the medium is mixed media, unlike his canvases. “Interaction with me” shows the culmination of the artist in his immigrant journey.

Illustrating the passage from the rural to the urban and human desires of growth, “Three degrees of Separation” is on display at Olive Beach, No. 16, Wood Street, Ashoknagar, till August 1, 12 noon to 11.30 p.m. Call 41128400.

AYESHA MATTHAN

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