For over a year now, Rangoli Metro Art Center has tried to bring to the fore many art forms that dot the cultural landscape of the country, giving a glimpse into the life and works of myriad artists. In yet another new initiative, the gallery will present 30 young creators, who have no big exhibition to their credit but whose works resonate with aesthetic brilliance. Surekha, the curator of the show asserts, “These are artistes who have just graduated from college. They have created some great works, but they are not market-oriented. There are not many opportunities in Bangalore for them as most galleries seek big-name artistes. This show is a stepping stone for them.”
The exhibition, which kicked off on August 15, showcases the contributions these artists have made to the rich tapestry of art. Surekha tells us that the artists work with different genres, so the show has paintings, sculptures, light, video and sound installations, prints, performance, photography, drawings, etc.”It is the freedom of expression that we celebrated this independence day, the freedom that the new generation of artists can enjoy,” she opines.
An artist, Deepak, who has studied art history and who is part of the exhibition, seconds the thought. “The exhibition tries to bridge the all-too prevalent divide in the art space in the city. To put it in perspective, there are over 70 galleries in Bangalore but only a handful, say 1 or 2 per cent of them allow amateur artistes to portray their works. Moreover, Karnataka produces at least 1000 artistes every year.” He has been working in the art space for over two years, having graduated in 2012. At the show, he is showcasing his sound art work which deals with the concept of ‘emotions and surroundings.’ “I have been fascinated by how a person reacts to the surroundings, how he responds with a flurry of emotions. My piece throws light on that aspect,” he says.
Another artist, Vineesh V Amin attempts to link consciousness with the subconsciousness and explore the philosophy of the process through installations and light work. He explains, “I believe existence is perceptual and dependant on possibilities which are an extension of thoughts. My work focuses on transition, delving into the intermediate spaces between spaces which are either abstract or virtual. I have used kinetic and mechanical installations to portray this transition and lasers, which just like belief, are intangible.”
Line and Beyond, according to him, is a place where all artists can congregate and exchange ideas. He adds, “There are two groups of artistes — the ones who dabble in commercial work and the others, non-commercial. As artistes working in the non-commercial space, we work with a lot of different theories and concepts. An exhibition like this, brings such artistes together to share different perspectives.”
Deepak adds that Line and Beyond also aims to break away from the conventional gallery construct and reach out to the public. “When you exhibit at a gallery, you only interact with the art enthusiasts and the elite. Here, we hope to mingle with the public and learn about their reaction to art, understanding our own work in the process.”
Published in The New Indian Express on August 12, 2014.