‘All Night I shall Gallop’ by Anju Dodiya and a show of works by three young, talented artists

Anju Dodiya's new series of works

Anju Dodiya's new series of works showcased at Bodhi, Singapore titled 'All Night I shall Gallop' brings to fore various fascinating aspects of her art practice.

An accompanying note mentions: 'Strongly autobiographical, the artist's paintings explore internal/external realities, reflecting amongst other things the conflicts of womanhood, the various dimensions of human relationships, or the artist confronting her various selves. Intensely private and thoughtful, her imagery, though theatrical is balanced by a calm and almost detached sense of scrutiny.'

Predominantly figurative, her aesthetic trajectory has been inspired by masters like Giotto and Massachio; her works often drawing from elements from Gujarati folktales, traditional, Japanese Ukio-e prints, and world mythology.

The self is at the center of Anju Dodiya's works. Though not solipsistic, the majority of her works give the viewer access to private moments, lifted from "the private discourse that goes on within oneself when one is alone. Although she is interested in the neutral notion of private self and the realm of introspection, there is a distinctly feminine aura about her work. Whether in her use of embroidered textiles as canvas, her depiction of floral forms or her literary allusions, one senses that her protagonists' desires and anxieties are often those unique to woman.

Despite of her brilliant colors and the numerous symbolic layers woven into each painting, one finds a stark simplicity in Anju Dodiya's adherence to the essential and the feminine ' clearly seen in her use of embroidered textiles, floral forms and/or her mythic references. Her paintings are often exercises in conceptual reinvention: Penelope in Pink Clouds, for instance reinvents the classic archetype of the young lover waiting patiently for the return of her consort.'

Works of three young and talented artists on view

New Delhi based Palette Art gallery is hosting works of three young and talented artists. The metaphorical usage of serene colors, the flying dainty figures, the scratches, the realistically done attributes are all like motifs stitched together with excellent skill and obviousity of Alok Bal's inner urges. The play of colors and juxtaposed frames of alluring images are themselves praying the viewer quite dramatically to take a voyage in the intrinsic avenues beyond the surface.

The foreground in his painting always obstructs the viewer with lyrical sophistication. But once the mid or the background is trespassed it takes him into the imprudent world of show up and insecurities of self existence lost in the materialistic world, the world which is illicit and asinine, one where human beings carry themselves as effigies of egotism and voyeurism. This vicious world which is overlooked by most of us is eloquently portrayed by him.

Pratul Dash who has been painting for close to a decade now has done paintings and video works largely based on his experiences during journey from Orissa to New Delhi. The sense of displacement and disorientation has often made its way into his creations, as he has tried to make sense of a cacophonous urban space and his existence as a migrant.

In fact, facing the urban reality invariably decides the aesthetical moorings of his thought provoking creative process. According to the artist, his works talk about his life as an observant migrant who dissociates (from) and associates with the events around him. Through his works, he constantly tries to solve his existential dilemmas. He made a self portrait series in various postures, at times going to the levels of contortionism. His sustained interest in postmodern theories and various articulations of these has taken Pratul Dash to make a lot of works on paper also.

A series of paintings on contortionism has helped the artist to bring in his observations on the dilemma of contemporary lives. Apart from Pratul Dash and Alok Bal, works by Josh are on view. His creations are not about celebration of the present with smattering of bright colors; they are greyer in look, simulating the feeling of the old documentary films, and appearing like stains on the plain white surface. The artist has been exploring the idea of stains for last several years. Though the artist was not talking about colonial history at that point of time, those experiments led him to reach the present series. In thematic terms, his concerns have been largely with the colonial & the subsequent post-colonial discourse. For him, chronological and historical narratives are as good (or as bad) as prevailing myths.

View artist Alok Bal's works in the Saffronart catalogue

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