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Art In The Science Center

Art In The Science Center is an event that took place between 05-Mar-2001 and 14-Mar-2001 in Hyderabad.
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If you were there, you will agree that the 10-day sculpture camp at the L V Prasad Eye Institute, coordinated by theatrist-in-residence Surya Prakash and involving 8 artists from different regions of the country, has supplemented the already existing ambience of art and aesthetics at this prestigious science center.

It may sound a bit repetitive, but I feel it essential to congratulate Prakash once again for introducing artists to Hyderabad from various other parts of the country, like Bhopal, Pune, Vizag and Calcutta this time. Of course, Srinivas Reddy and Shyam Sunder from Hyderabad and Rajshekharan Nair from Cholamandalam, Chennai, are familiar names, but the others like Hari Prasad (Vizag), David Robin (Bhopal), Gopal Prasad Mandal (Calcutta), Dinkar Thopate (Pune) and Roy Chowdhary (Calcutta) are fairly new to Hyderabad. Only Hari Prasad wasn't new, since he was part of a group show held recently at the Lakshana Art Gallery.

Be the artists known or newfound, the event itself was another occasion for the art conscious in Hyderabad to congregate at a common platform. Watching the work in progress, the interaction with artists, the ensuing discussions, the professional alliances and, most importantly, the promise of a new future, revitalized the city's art circuit.

Expositions and press reviews aside, camps are affairs that not only provide an insight into the work of an artist due to his/her presence, but are also a way of assisting everybody involved in crystallizing issues of all hues and shades and arriving at a creative solution. So, was such a thing was tackled at the camp?

Gopal Prasad Mandal's "Anguished Buddha" was a direct reference to the Bamyian demolition. Chiseled six feet and higher, this weeping Buddha is symbolic of the insensitivity that pervades the human bosom. The intolerance, bigotry and destruction of heritage carved by Mandal tackles very contemporary subject which chronicles merely a reference in time. But the question of whether humanity can ever be purged of such narrowness remains to be answered.

Although Mandal responds to a very profound matter related to mankind, his skill and presentation fail to evoke any sympathies. But as far as the rest of the artists were concerned, the chipping headed towards a regular line of work. Chowdhary's models of birds in white marble and Thopte's "Mother and Child" in the same medium were pleasant works that again failed to stir much in the audience.

The gigantic three-piece work of Nair in soft stone attracted the attention of the people, but its appropriate installation subtracted its due appreciation. This work, somehow, could not produce the binary texturing generally worked out by this artist. In fact the conceptual executions he displayed via his slide show eclipsed this particular work.

Like Nair, Robin David works in large volumes. His textured two-piece sculpture, in square forms with a semicircular cutout in the center, explains his sheer joy in rendering simple constitutes. A flowing solidity, in fact, belies the original character of any stone that he starts to work upon. The perched eye cannot miss the poetry chiseled out of rock.

As far as Srinivas Reddy and Shyam Sunder are concerned, both seem to follow the column arrangement. Reddy chipped on his personal vocabulary of fantasy play, whereas Shyam Sunder evolved his idiosyncratic heads followed by simple texturing.

Hari Prasad, a confident traditionalist, is on his way with a peculiar sense of conceptual execution. A revelation in Hyderabad, Prasad appears to be an emblazon of our future. Though good, he could not justify his metier during this camp. His mural like sculpture did offer much to gage his otherwise creative compositions.

The body of work collected during this camp will once again vouch the institute's commitment to art. The camp itself concluded with a slide show projecting 10 slides each of the participating artists. And though the camp is over, the products will be on display till the 20th. Please contact Surya Prakash at 374-7049, 374-0424 for further details.

The participating artists: Srinivas Reddy, Shyam Sunder, David Robin, Gopal Prasad Mandal, Dinkar Thopate, Rajshekharan Nair, Roy Chowdhary and Hari Prasad

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