CHENNAI: Sculpture and paintings blend so perfectly at Crossover, an exhibition at the Cholamandal Artist’s village. Pioneered by the Chandra Ilango Visual Art Foundation, the exhibition is an assimilation of the works of artists AV Ilango, Elanchezhiyan Pichaikannu, Nedunchelian Desikan and Sivarajah Natarajan, each of them bringing forth sculptures and paintings.
Crossover is the result of the works of the group of four artists formed ad hoc to bring their own version of sculptures. While Elenchezhiyan works mainly on sculptures, for the others, paintings form the crux of their endeavours. However, after their union at an exhibition in an international show at Kuala Lampur, they decided to meet at Elenchezhiyan’s studio in the outskirts of the city and camp there to try their hands on the art of sculpting. Hence, Crossover happened, giving way to impervious forms of art in the form of sculptures which were made in the course of just 15 days.
Ilango’s work predominantly contemplates on lines, space and form. Deeply analysing the intrinsic beauty of line has been his passion for the past 40 years. For him, it has a sublime identity of its own, which, in turn, had him fascinated, making him explore the various possibilities within it.
For Elanchezhiyan, nature is an integral part of life. And this inspired him to create his own versions of bulls and other works through the medium of bronze.
Sivarajah Natarajan who is based in Malaysia tries to emulate nature’s fury through sculptures. It is an attempt to depict the attitude of utilitarianism among people toward nature and how nature will one day transform from being a positive figure to a state where it shows its wrath on mankind. For artist Neduncheliyan Desikan, his constant motif seems to be horse, as his deep connect with tradition and folklore such as poikaal kuthirai, karagam, kaavadi, oyilattam and others.
The exhibition is on at the Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Injambakkam, ECR, near VGP Resort, till December 23.