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Bronze in a new cast

A sculptors' camp explored the ancient art's modern expressions



MEETING OF MINDS The camp facilitated interactions among artists

Though bronze sculpture-making dates back to antiquity, contemporary artists have experimented extensively with the chemistry and art of casting to create strong individual expressions. In order to capture the spirit of experimentation, innovation and ingenuity, a 10-day sculptors camp was organised recently by Karnataka Shilpakala Academy (KSA) in association with the Regional Center of Lalit Kala Academi, Chennai.

Ten contemporary sculptors from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra, besides those from Karnataka, participated in the camp, which was held at the studio of well-known sculptor Venkatachalapathy, who also happens to be the Chairman of KSA. That the camp was held in a practicing sculptor's studio was in itself a unique feature of the event. The participants had the twin benefit of working under expert guidance of senior artists and also exploiting all the practical advantages of a full-fledged studio. Vijayavelu, a reputed sculptor and an expert in casting, successfully steered the participants through the complex technical grind involved in bronze sculpting.

According to artist and camp co-ordinator U. Bhaskar Rao, the success of the camp was manifold. "Several of the participants were not only practicing sculptors, but also teachers in different schools. During the camp, they tried to blend their professional skills with creativity through their work. The event also facilitated interactions among the participants and experts on many aspects of sculpting. Besides, we were able to get students from art schools in Bangalore, Gulbarga and Tumkur," he says.

The sculptures created at the camp were subsequently put on display at the Chitra Art Gallery, Kannada Bhavan, for public viewing.

ATHREYA

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