Drawings to Sculptures

Art usually speaks to different people in different ways. The ongoing ‘Sculpsit: Between Thought And Action’ art exhibition doesn’t just stop at normal drawings or paintings but turns the drawings into sculptures. The purpose is to show the original idea and the outcome in its final form. It was unusual to see the artists play two roles- artist and engraver. The exhibition curated by Sasha Altaf is being held at Sunaparanta who collaborated with The Guild Art Gallery. Comparing the sketches and its corresponding sculptures was interesting and thought-provoking. Some eye-catching exhibits include a carved human pillar of human beings, a sculpted obsolete object, and more.

A sneek peek:

Baiju Parthan: The artist’s diverse practice pays attention to intermingling technology with its alternate states of reality, genetic engineering, and religion, along with notions of post-humanism.

Sudhir Patwardhan: Urbanist narratives are explored through inaccessible figures that are self-contained. The politics of home and self are realised in his painting and sculpture works. His figurative reliefs conjure together the imagery of painting in a tactile scape.

Gigi Scaria: The sculptures explore relations between nature and our built scapes. Cities everyday look forward to a flourishing future but its prism reflects us to a different reality – one filled with excess of environmental disasters and an exhaustion of natural resources.

Akbar Padamsee: Padamsee’s bronze sculptures are portraits that are deep in thought; works are drawn from his paintings of figures and heads. An existential dilemma may be the only true identity of these faces – the artist’’s way of self-reflecting.

Anupam Sud: Her sculptures are based on emotive postures of the female figure that hold on to different spiritual experiences, reflecting moods and desires. Symbolically depicting human figures through a feminist lens – as she inter-relates her subjects found in etchings with the medium of sculpture.

T V Santhosh: The work reimagines and resurrects obsolete objects that have become part of our nostalgia today – a bygone era and its residual imprints. The artist takes inspiration from cinema, news media, art history and popular culture – influencing his sculptural explorations of our present day crisis.

Rajkumar Kommar: The artist’’s wooden carved pillar is based on the community of Bastar, Chhattisgarh. The pillar has humans holding onto each other for support – together building a tall structure that exists in both their efforts and struggles.

Shantibai: Her sculptures express a deep empathy for women and children. This columnar synoptic narrative is made up of many interlocking episodes, depicting agony of women in vulnerable situations.

Navjot Altaf: Navjot Altaf draws from Indian history and craftsmanship, exploring social, political narratives through her sculptural works.

Himmat Shah: Shah captures life cycles and endless realms in its impermanent states. From rocks and caves to human lives, his works are inspired by his birthplace of Lothal, surrounded by the remnants of the Indus Valley Civilisation.

Jyoti Bhatt: A painter and a printmaker, Bhatt began to explore photo-documentation processes to capture the disappearance of craft from tribal communities.