Abstract art is fine, but vague?! Well, that's the way to go after all the visual
metaphors have said all that they have to say. Anant Nikam seems to have realized
just that. These abstract but, mostly, vague images inexorably draw the viewer
into their matrices, hues and forms. Titled "Graphic Grandeur", the exhibition
carries this intriguing aura of all 'vague art'. For the artist, who traveled
from the rural Marathwada to Bhopal (Bhopal Bharath Bhavan's studio is where he
works) to work with the great print makers of the country and to explore the art
of print making, this is the proverbial giant leap.
While his work carries all these unseen expressions, from a distance, the pictures drag you closer as though they were magnets into their matrices, and lead you through the psychedelic shadows, at once playful and eerie. One has to experience the visuals in person to get that animated effect!
And the perceptions, too, vary with each individual. "The design builds itself up gradually, dramatizing the detail of color and texture. Anant Nikam's abstract patterns speak of unusual structure strength, of great stylistic integrity… they have as much beauty as personality," comments the curator, Dnyaneswar Nadkarni from Bhopal.
On the whole, the works, showed in collaboration with Gallery Beyond (email: email@example.com), are a great experience. Incidentally, this 38-year old
graphic artist, a product of Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai, has recently been chosen for the residency fellowship at Glasgow, UK, for the year 2001. Well, that speaks for itself!