HYDERABAD: “The Crows verdict’ is a series of works by artist Kandan G, which is presently on display at Icon art gallery. The artist puts forth his observations and contemplations about contemporary life styles in his paintings. For the present series of work, the artist has worked with acrylic on canvas and mixed media on canvas board. The abstract treatment of the picture surface is ambiguous and at times reminds one of the land and at other times of wide open sky. The artist perhaps leaves it free and open to be interpreted by the viewers. The application of the space is such that it exemplifies a rich texture and multiple tonal gradations. He arranges a few forms on the picture surface which intensify the allegorical aspects of the works. Crows, paper rockets, barbed wires, skeletons, guns etc are a few metaphors and symbols that the artist makes use of frequently in his paintings. The artist works on an open space and limits the well defined forms to the bare minimum. The abstract terrain with reflections of real as well as imaginary spaces makes for an interesting base on which the artist puts up his dialogue and expression. Through the use of apt metaphors, the artist has tried to bring forth his views about society, politics and mass media. These days it has become very easy to send messages, information and news from one place to another. Even trivial happenings gain importance and get broadcasted frequently these days. The artist explores the facts about mass media, its strengths and how at times it can be crafted and manipulated for personal reasons and gains. Such aspects of media get highlighted in the works.
The present series of works is dedicated to a serious concept and subject matter. The colour palette is restricted as the artist works in limited colours and mostly in subdued hues and lots of grey.
The present show will go on at Icon art gallery till November 8.