After a short interval, the art activity in Hyderabad is gradually brightening
up for the season. And this time around it's the corporate houses that are playing
host to art and the artists. After the impressive art camp and exhibition sponsored
by Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, it is now the new bank in town that's doing it
- the ABN-Amro Bank on Road No. 1, Banjara Hills.
Although the plush reception area of the bank is an ideal showcase for the 5
participating artists, the display of works was a bit misplaced on the crowded
opening day on July 7. Inaugurated by Padmasri Jagdish Mittal, the show highlighted
a freshness of style and treatment.
Srinivasa Chary and Sajid Bin Amar especially exhibited singularity in expression
and artistic process. Srinivasa Chary's works can be interpreted as instances
pertaining to the artist's personal experiences - his transcendence from the
material to the spiritual, attempting to maintain a balance between the elusive
reality and the abstract reality.
His small portrait frames magnify his technical abilities to exploit his artistic
conceptions. In fact, his workmanship unfolds a duality; primarily a painting,
there is a concentrated treatment, a brilliance in application which generally
goes into frescos on walls. Such a result is due to his layers of egg-tempera.
The most progressive among the group of five here is Sajid Bin Amar. His works
exhibit a passion - a passion for collecting and keenly studying the visual
pleasures in all sorts of designs available - glossy print adverts, design drafts
and packaging material - to reinvent a text and texture dormant in his collection
of media. His pleasure exudes in the sheer textural variations that he installs
upon his mount board which contest his insatiable appetite for living in the
'present' with a link with the past and a hope for a future.
The only abstractionist in Hyderabad, L N V Srinivas, exhibited frames that
indicate his base in semi-figurative and pure abstraction. A meditative painter,
Srinivas is forever attempting to emancipate the artist in him from the existing
clichés of his individual expression. In fact, the blue palette is a sequence
of his personal search.
The sculptor, Srinivas Reddy, presented his usual exotic busts in fiberglass
and painted terracotta during this show. Although the expressive metamorphosis
is definite in his work, the stagnation of content is equally visible for his
regular audience. But perhaps his shift to metal casting will hopefully mould
some interesting shifts.
The gloomy graphics by Hanumanth Rao were a little enlivened due to a painting
by the same artist. But the sudden bust of color upon the melancholic subject
was in sharp contrast to the monotonic prints.
The show is open to the public at the ABN-Amro reception area between 9.00am
and 9.00pm until July 14. Please contact 666-4321 (ext 5101) for further details.