ARTSOME Exhibition

"@ /Cropped no U-turn solo show" by N. Ramachandran runs through April 30 at Apparao Galleries

If you were to take the historical toy-train up the winding ghats of Darjeeling, you will come across a milestone that states, "Too much hurry-burry, spoils the curry". The inspiration for N Ramachandran's new body of work derives inspiration from the hurried lives we lead that leaves us oblivious of the world around us.

Born and brought up in Chennai, the artist is a thinker, observer and conceptualiser. He translates his life, environment, memory and experience into a narrative that he conceptualises in his own language and idiom.

His preoccupation with the gathering experiences of the journey of an idea in a material form is translated in his artworks. Material is an important aspect of his work as he works with different kinds of papers including newspapers, tissues etc. What is prominent in his art is the method of paint application, the linear aesthetic and arrangement of forms. He also uses photographs, silver and metal colours to bring in the effect of mass culture in his works. The use of photographs also reflects his love for the medium. The artist also tries to comment on the superstitious trends in society by using silver Kavachas fashioned into different parts of the human body.

The elusive nature of truth that is always in flux and like a shadow dependent on light is what N.Ramachandran tries to capture in his works. Using a non-representational language he allows the viewer to interpret this truth in his/her own terms. This language according to the artist brings in the element of probability where one thing appears differently to different people. Though the content of his works are inspired by daily life his themes are based on the theory of probability (Maybe, Apparao Galleries, 2005). The human form and movement also serve as an inspiration for this artist

The urbanisation of our environment is seen in his slots of organised square with symbols that relate directly to the experience. He uses icons, objects and symbols all at once to bring the viewer into a relationship with him and his journey. Using a language derived from the immediate world of sensory experiences to dwell on the notion of immediacy, he uses a postmodernist vocabulary of collage, kitsch and found object assemblage to evoke the multi-layered reality of India where tradition and modernity exist in a happy mix.

In order to communicate with the viewers he has discarded the clichéd abstract visual language and instead come up with a unique idiom. This grid structure while carrying minimalist and conceptual overtones is also an important formal element as it allows him to create a sense of rhythm. This distinct visual idiom has an unusually rich ability to comprehend space as an undifferentiated whole. There is an elemental sense of effortless play in the manner in which he is able to dive into space at any point and pick out elements that assert the invariable nature of the space continuum. Space is treated as fragmented in segments, slices and planes, shards, slivers and other geometric abstractions which foreground differentiation.

In this, his most recent body of work, he has gone back to the prescribed traditional aesthetic, the Shilpashastra, to create a meeting point and hook in his conversation with the viewer.

The exhibition runs through April 30, 2014.
Venue: Apparao Galleries
Address: #7, Wallace Garden, Nungambakkam, Chennai.


April 2014