A wide 'Span' of works with varied themes and styles

Interesting works by leading artists form the core of a new show that celebrates the contemporary, bold, experimental, realistic, interactive language of expression. Sakshi Gallery is hosting a major show ' a sort of retrospective of contemporary Indian art. The show is aptly titled 'SPAN' as it spans a wide range of media, themes and styles by several leading contemporary Indian artists.

It's the annual show of the art gallery that unveils the works of twenty-six young artists from all over India. The show envelops a spectrum of ideas and ideologies, reflections and statements that transport the viewer into a journey that defines the art scene in this country. All of the participating artists bring their latest work to the show that's an exciting amalgam of compelling and contrasting artistic statement.

The participating artists include Anandajit Ray, Anant Joshi, Anjum Singh, Arunkumar H.G, Ashim Purkayastha, A. Balasubramaniam, Gurusiddappa G.E, Harsha N.S, Jitish Kallat, Justin Ponmany, Manisha Parekh, and Naren Yadav. There are works of other artists on view such as Nicola Durvasula, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Reena Saini Kallat, Riyas Komu, Sachin Karne, Shibu Natesan, Sojwal Samant, Sunil Gawde, Subba Ghosh, Sudarshan Shetty, Sumedh Rajendran, T.V. Santosh, Valay Shende.

Naren Yadav's intriguing work that is curiously titled 'life sustaining illusions for every living partitioned into two' holds your attention. His mixed media work show 'dust particles suspended in air to perform pranayama.' Valay Shende's video installation in barbed wire is a figure of a woman who seems to have been shackled and suppressed. Here, the artist makes a veiled reference to the state of women even in today's so called liberalized, modernized society. Sumedh Rajendran produces another thought-provoking, attention grabbing work titled 'Severed Limbs' made of leather, iron and aluminum and another one made of wood and leather.

Sojwal Samant's untitled work is also in wood and metal. Her other work on view titled 'Sopadish' made of wood ceramic is equally interesting. Riyas Komu depicts 'tragedy of a carpenters son' done in iron & automotive paint. Reena Saini Kallat's work titled 'blue print : birthmarks and tattoos' ' an amalgamation of 64 photographic prints is simply mesmerizing.

Other interesting works on view include 'Education', an oil on canvas by Justin Ponmany. Untitled - set of 180 stamps ' a mixed media work, 'Together III', an oil on canvas by Ashim Purkayashta, 'Revisiting the Heaven', an acrylic on canvas by Gurusiddappa G.E. 'Whose war is it?' an oil on canvas by T.V. Santosh raised a pertinent query about today's socio-political issues. There are works in mixed media on paper by Nicola Durvasula, Shibu Natesan's oil on linen work titled 'absence' and oil on canvas by Sunil Gawde.

Sachin Karne's acrylic on canvas 'the flower bed' and 'misplaced icons - traffic island' - oil & acrylic on canvas, Manisha Parekh's series of work ' basically - layers of handmade papers on board titled 'Confined', 'Contended' and 'Enclosed' are appealing.

Arunkumar H.G 's digital print and used plastic toys and digital print and used matches sticks produce works that make you sit up and take notice. The artist has produced some unconventional works such as his work titled 'Bulls Are Watching' done a couple of years was a huge structure put together using latex toys and steel. He makes sculptures from such traditional materials as wood and bronze as also modern stuff like vinyl-covered textiles. On other hand, Anandajit Ray, an artist works in controlled formats which recall genres as diverse as the miniature and the comic strip, showcases digital print and used matches sticks and watercolor and gouche on paper that leave a lasting impression.

The show titled 'SPAN' continues till September 23 at Sakshi Gallery.

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