"Nerves" is the outcome for the trio Nemiraj, Ramesh and Venkat of stirring concerns
for the surroundings, changes and attitudes. Charcoal drawings, almost like restless
scribbles and scrapes, invite the viewer to visualize. Such aesthetic pleasure
is experienced only when artworks carry fresh imagery that can stimulate your
sensibilities, provoke thought, and even disturb you to the extent of attracting
and holding your attention and making you think.
Each of these artists' canvases are strikingly different from those of the others, yet they share a common underlying spirit. For a change, we are confronted with works of art devoid of clichéd human figures arising out of redundant ideas. The trio originally practiced powerful figurative art and the present sudden change to the non-figurative for expressions is indeed significant.
However, the human element is felt in these drawings, with ordinary objects arranged in a manner to evoke feeling. And there is also a subtle element of ambiguity in these non-figurative images that invites viewer participation and provides scope for varied reactions. For the artists, these are their reflex reactions to the surroundings.
Venkat, basically a sculptor who has been working with bold figural images, begins to prod into the mechanized system of dealing with objects - 'use and throw', and the general underlying attitude of 'over passing' issues once the need or urgency diminishes. Whether it is a drawing of a junkyard or the recent issue of the pathetic skinning of tigress Sakhi, the general attitude is one of ostracizing.
"Issues disturb me. They challenge me to ponder the underlying reality of the floating emotionality of the fact that keeps me subjugated to the fever of emotion," explains Venkat, whose drawings depict objects that 'pile up as suppressed emotions'.
Ramesh's huge electrifying drawings in black and white on handmade sheets draw the viewer into the subconscious scapes. "For me, the chosen object in my pictures becomes the 'spiritual object', which does not mean godly, but one that is mundane. Here one has to live with minimum commitment towards one's spirit, no matter how compelling the material world is, to purify emotions with an equilibrium between the transcendental and the material," relates the serious thinking artist, for whom common objects become metaphors for the surrounding situation. For example, the recent floods and his experience with his own dwelling dwindling amidst gushing streams, stir his mind with reverberation and yet instill a sense of stability.
On the other hand, Nemiraj is seen in a state of solace in his newfound magic of meditation. "The no-thought state of mind represents nothing, but puts me in, and pushes me towards, an awareness of the present. It's energy, neither negative nor positive, is a culmination of 'yang' and yin'. I call it a 'kinesthetic' energy, that is bound to flow through an incubator - the nerves." And his ink and charcoal drawings seem to revolve with a placid grace in the confines of the frames. For the artist these are the result of a void: a void created by giving a break to continuity of thoughts, which always linger around the past and the future.