CHENNAI: Form and Function, a sculpture exhibition at Gallery Veda, proves to be an exploration of the seamless possibilities that the art of sculpting can provide. Bringing together 15 artists, the exhibition unravels the experiences of each artist, and his or her association with the work on display.
A few artists have given shape to a sculpture representing god, using bronze, while a few others have deviated from the conventional forms and used not-so-common mediums to perpetuate their message.
The exhibition has brought together artists Gukan Raj, Potrarasan, Shailesh BO, Yuvaraj, Parvathi Nayar, Seema Kohli, Raviram, M Sreenu, Chippa Sudhakar, Vijay Kumar, Ramesh Gorjala, Janarthanan, Srinivasa Rao, Maria Anthony and Kumaresan Selvaraj.
Janarthanan’s work includes a yellow rectangle framework made of wood with nails arranged on it to convey the concept of unity. “When you look at the nails as a group, it conveys a completely different meaning from when it is observed individually,” he says. Janarthanan says that he does not confine himself to one medium, but experiments with whichever realm his thought process takes him to.
For Gukan Raj, who has done a ceramic sculpture representing the earth and reflection, among other topics, it is the intensity of natural effects that fascinates him.
He says that the images of sea, earth, trepidation of continents and mountains leave a strong impression in his mind. He believes in seeing the separate entities as a collective, and this opens up a new perspective or theme for him, he says.
Similar to Janarthanan and Gukan Raj, the other participants at the exhibition have their own stories to tell through the medium of art. The display works revealed their perspectives and interpretations.
The exhibition is on at Gallery Veda, fifth street, Rutland Gate, Nungambakkam, till January 8.