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A floor gives way to an amoebic hole leading to a new level; a man clad in a neon shirt rows a boat against a bright landscape; a giant chandelier made from brushes adorns the ceiling — these visuals are part of an exhibition titled A Matter of Importance, that showcases the diverse works of three artists from MS University, Vadodara.


Kartik Sood uses neon colours to depict freedom in his archival digital print ‘Lake’

Intrigued by the intimate details in life, sculptor Dilip Chobisa combines drawings, wooden frames, light and his knowledge of stage craftsmanship to animate the dimensional proportions of constructed spaces. His works are framed by elements of magical realism and surrealistic tones, prompting the viewer to peep in and explore. Kartik Sood, on the other hand, presents a series of nature and landscapes in the form of recomposed photos — creating an interface with the element of time, preserving the past and mapping cultural metamorphosis. Siddhartha Kararwal utilises materials such as plastic bags, foam sheets, firecrackers, cardboard, fibre and plaster of Paris to create his installations.

The interesting aspect is that each artist uses vastly different means to depict the madness of being trapped within the physical laws of space and time.

Explaining the concept of his work, Chobisa says, “Over the last few years I have been developing fragments of a large maze. I combine light and drawing to achieve the effects of set design. Laced with elements of fantasy realism and sometimes with dramatic surrealistic tones, my work plays within the realms of the monochrome fantasy. The use of graphite and light conjures up connections with black and white photography and the stage. My attempt is to make space melt through the positioning of tangible constructions. I use black and white surfaces to get more depth and illusion, because colours distract and divert me. As an artist, I get immense joy from creating sets in which hallucinations unfold.”

Sood, meanwhile, admits that design and bold hues influence his body of work. He says, “Through my work, I try to explore the idea of what is normal and how seemingly ‘normal’ things in life shift to another level of intensity and perception.” So, on one hand, Sood uses blurred, distorted faces in bright colours captured in black photo frames to tell a tale of memory, loss and how these affect our perception of reality, while on the other, he uses neon shades in landscapes to depict the idea of freedom.

Siddhartha Kararwal’s massive sculptures hold up a mirror to society, and in doing so, to the viewer. For instance, at first glance, one of his installations titled Denture Venture looks like a chandelier. But on closer observation, one notices that the piece made from brushes of diverse textures and sizes, looks like uniformed sets of teeth smiling back.

Whoever, said unity lies in diversity couldn’t have been more correct!

When: Till April 20

Where: Sakshi Gallery, Synergy Art Foundation Ltd, 6/19, Grants Building, 2nd Floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba

Contact: 66103424   

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