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An artist's search for innocence

Artist Arun Pandit looks at the stark differences between city life and the simplicity of village living in his latest exhibition of paintings and sculptures

art and culture Updated: Oct 29, 2011 02:18 IST
Chetna Dua

Artist Arun Pandit’s latest exhibition is a realistic take on village and city life. The shift from a village to city and the change in life is portrayed through sculptures.

“When I came to Delhi from Patna in 1995, it was a big change for me. I have tried to portray those changes in architecture and landscape through human figures,” says Pandit. Art critic Uma Nair says, “The expressions and movements of these sculptures tug at your heartstrings. They are like a breath of fresh air reflecting originality and fearless creativity.”

Each symbol and icon engraved on the bronzes serve a specific purpose. “There is a lot of struggle for land in cities. The villages are growing horizontally while in cities the growth is vertical due to lack of space,” says Pandit. The bronze sculpture titled ‘Maa’, where four people try to adjust in a mould on a single brick, reflects the same.

Another highlight of the series — ‘Couple-image from vertical life’ — has even won a national award from the Lalit Kala Academy in 2010. This sculpture shows woman as the nurturer of the family, and man as the one with the desire to move to different cities.

Pandit does not stop at the architectural differences and explores the human nature as well through his creations. One of the sculptures, which has a mask seller selling masks while his own face is covered, reflects the hypocritical personality of urban life. “We are taught to build a personality and behave in a certain way in urban society, often trading our innocence and honesty in the process,” says the artist.

Catch him here
* What: Human Angst, An Elegy
* Where: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
* On till: October 31
* Where: Hotel Fortune Park DJ Avenue, M G Road, Metro Pillar 129, Ghitorni
* When: On till November 5