ARTSOME Exhibition

Solo show by Rao Kadonda opens on October 10 at Petite Morte, New Delhi, India

Rao Kadonda, Sightseers, 2013, oil on canvas, 72 x 84"

Rao Kadonda's paintings create a deliberate dialogue between the crowd and the individual and the constant fluctuations of the two in social contexts. Primarily landscapes, they often include architectural details and anonymous populations. Faceless masses of people open up a spectrum of readings. Rao points out that the 'crowd' is a volatile organism that is indefinable and can morph into anything. In these works, the body politic seems subject to the forces of nature, history is shaped by the collective force of individual wills. To Rao, the 'crowd' and the 'individual' are caught in an inherently dysfunctional relationship, in a state of constant ebb and flow.

Rao strikes a careful balance between the overall composition and fine detailing in these works. His colour sense is artificial and the works hover between abstraction and representation. Watercolours on paper, included in the show, provide notes to the large paintings, allowing us to witness something of his powers of observation.

The exhibition runs through November 15, 2014.
Venue: Petite Morte
Address: M-44/2 Basement, Greater Kailash Part-II, New Delhi-110048


October 2014