Wood, brass, fibreglass, copper and bronze are the mediums through which 16 contemporary artists have sculpted varied forms. From human and animal figures, to heads and horns, this ongoing art show explores it all quite vibrantly.
“A lot of artists who make paintings are creating sculptures too,” says Sunaina Anand, the curator of the show. She adds that it was the need to showcase contemporary sculptures that led to this exhibition.
The artworks are quite an eclectic mix with around 25 sculptures conceived in different mediums. On display are works of artists including Sakti Burman, Laxma Goud, KS Radhakrishnan, S Nandagopal, Paresh Maity, Sujata Bajaj, Dimpy Menon, Jayasri Burman, Narayan Chandra and Apurva Desai.
Anand adds, “There are so many styles in which sculptors are working today. We purposely didn’t give them a theme to avoid interfering with their imagination and sensibility. Instead we wanted to bring together what they have created in the contemporary context.”
The artists have therefore drawn inspiration from different sources. “An artist can make eight editions of one’s work. I make only three,” says Jayasri Burman. Her bronze sculptures are an extension of her intricate paintings. Titled Pushpita, Burman’s work in green (due to patina, created due to oxidation) depicts a female form with wings atop a swan, and holds a plant. “This is my interpretation of mother artist,” says Burman explaining, “In our country mothers aren’t nurtured properly. So I wanted to make a sculpture depicting the mother art.”
Ceramicist PR Daroz draws the inspiration from the sea bed whereas Narayan Sinha’s creation Man, Machine & Nature is inspired by nature and was created using man made machines such as horns to create a flower, to show human relation with nature.
Even artist Subrata Paul draws his inspiration from nature. His bronze and wood sculpture Lonely Tune shows a boy playing a flute below a tree and is quite appealing for an urban viewer. “I like the colour combination of these two mediums – bronze and wood,” says Paul, who took one and a half month to complete this.
Anand says, “This is the first year that we have put together sculptures in such format. From now we plan to organise a show of sculpture every year.”
CATCH IT LIVE
What: The Sculpture Show 2016!
Where: Art Alive Gallery, S-221, Panchsheel Park
On till: September 15
Timings: 11am to 7pm
Nearest metro station: Hauz Khas on Yellow Line