You see dated knifes, sickles, daggers, blades, and more such jagged implements,
including pounding stones and rusted iron panels, all in piles. A simple looking
man, going almost unnoticed, has been collecting these farm implements and 'killer'
instruments for over few months now, by trekking across those narrow streets of
the Jumerat Bazaar in the old city. Back at home he works in an enigmatic craze
with these shocking collections!
Well, that is artist DLN Reddy, who, surprisingly, assembles, creates compositions,
and welds these tools - mans' very first invention. These implements, often used
for cutting, bringing to size or editing, amazingly interest the artist, who creates
a series of assemblages that are at once bold, simple and earthy.
DLN believes in experimenting with material to evolve a creative language, rather
than in merely indulging in a thought process. And he has always, with his innovative
experiments, given visual surprises to the audience. This veteran artist strives
to create a universal language rather than delve into personal preoccupations.
And he also draws inspiration freely from diverse forms to create his own language.
From the Cubist forms of Picasso to the Jain miniature images, DLN, with his own,
and often unpredictable and spontaneous, ideas, attains a perfect synthesis with
a universal appeal.
The present exhibition at Minaaz shows a composition titled 'Jungle', with varied
shaped knives and other tools, while a series of other assemblages depicts the
contours of portraits and busts. His paintings are another series of surprise,
where his powerfully emancipated images of women seem to burst out of the confines
of the canvas. And these drawings and paintings are extensions of his metal (brass)
sculptures with simplified yet obtruding forms. All his works seem to carry one
deep mantra - of simplification and editing, whatever comes in excess.
The show is a must watch for connoisseurs, artists and laymen alike to be exposed
to such highly creative ideas, so convincingly simplified with a rare reserve.