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‘Upon entry’- a group show

Upon entry' is the name of the camp project the works from which showcased in an exhibition at Cochin based Kashi Art Gallery in August 2006. Five artists took part in the camp, namely Rajendra Kapse, Udaya Vir Singh and Nanaiah C.R. both from Bangalore and Jyothikumar and Valsaraj, two talented painters from Kerala.

Udaya Vir Singh and Nanaiah C.R. explore public and alternative art practices. The latter created a printed poster artwork using an image of the 'permanently markered' finger of a voter superimposed over a systematically dotted grid with a Malayalam caption 'How to draw a line without dots'. Udaya Vir Singh created two sculpture using found objects and a series of works on paper.

Valsaraj's used oil and charcoal/soft pastel to create images of Kasaragod's current landscape; walls of wells that had been at ground level now appear as precarious towers as rich, red earth is being raked away and transported kilometers away to development areas. Jyothikumar for the show laced fine charcoal lines together to create charcoal on paper artworks.

Rajendra Kapse, a Mumbai based artist with a satirical flair, completed two oil on canvas ''baby gods'' paintings and 'water works', a maze of black PVC electrification pipes.

Paintings by Manish Pushkale
One of the promising young artists from India, Manish Pushkale's talent has been recognized by India's premier artist S. H. Raza He is also a recipient of the S. H. Raza foundation award.

Manish Pushkale's works are on view at Bodhi Art Gallery, Delhi till September 16, 2006. The artist has researched extensively social religious customs, especially in the Jain sects, and has combined these experiences with the works on his canvases.

In his works the artist has made an attempt to capture the resonance of the chanting (japa) and to visualize the auditory experience. The chanting, a purely personal, introverted process, finds an echo in the artistic process, recoverable in fragments to the viewer through the experience of repeated seeing.

The artist is known for using the definiteness of certain shapes such as the square, triangle or circle, and in the process, striving to transcend its limits and diagrammatic quality by stepping out of the grid. He negates the objective reality in his meditative spaces, almost doing away with the object and retaining only their 'shadows'

View artist Manish Pushkale's works in the Saffronrat catalogue

'Chasing the reality' by artist R. M. Palaniappan
A recent show, presented by Apparao Galleries showcased works by senior artist R. M. Palaniappan at Museum Gallery, Mumbai.

Palaniappan, who has completed his Post-Diploma in Industrial Design (Ceramics) from College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, is also an expert printmaker and graphic artist. He is well known for creating striking graphic images, which derive their visual sensibility from topographical maps. Aerial views of local terrain, a sense of flight and the technicalities of movements in space all seem to imply a much sublimated yearning for some kind of spiritual freedom.

He looks at a work of art not merely with aesthetic awareness but critically engages with it on a conceptual/analytical level. The usual perception of viewership is re-structured by Palaniappan through his works, which are mainly built on topographical pictures, plans, maps, etc. This kind of abstraction has allowed him to play with both the formal and conceptual in art.

Palaniappan closely follows a geometric grid-like formatting in structuring his works. The preliminary focus is on the line, the calligraphic linear motif that is the essence of his formal language. He carefully removes the complex layers to reveal the underlying surface. In this process he creates art that is stimulating to both the physical and the psychological sensibilities.

Previewed works of art of R. M. Palaniappan in Saffronart events

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