‘Inside Areas’, a digital exhibition, is the seventeenth solo exhibition by the artist
It was sheer coincidence that Murali Sivaramakrishnan titled his portray exhibition, ‘Inside Areas’. He had no clue that it might find yourself as a digital present, whereas he was all set to showcase them on the artwork gallery of Alliance Francaise de Trivandrum (AFT) in April. “I had named it ‘Inside Areas’ a lot earlier than the COVID-19 state of affairs got here in. Though a few of the works had been carried out throughout the preliminary days of the lockdown they weren’t made with the pandemic in thoughts. Nevertheless, the idea grew to become related for the present state of affairs,” says the Thiruvananthapuram-based artist-poet.
He explains that the sequence, with over 40 work carried out in oil and acrylic, is extra like a continuation of his earlier exhibition, ‘Belonging to Earth’, held at Jehangir Artwork Gallery in Mumbai final 12 months. “It was in regards to the sense of belonging. Once you belong to one thing, you routinely take a journey inwards and that exploration has come out in ‘Inside Areas’. It’s a journey inside, the place I consciously and unconsciously proceed by inside dialogue with nature, which has all the time impressed me,” he says.
In a word in regards to the assortment, Murali has put down, “….we have to come to phrases with the outer and the internal, the akam and puram, of our existence. Once we are in a gallery with work on show we start to recognise this. The COVID-19 pandemic state of affairs seems to have necessitated this house and event. That is the time for our introspection, recognition of our true senses. Due to this fact, my Inside Areas.”
It’s the seventeenth solo exhibition for Murali, who has been a part of group exhibitions held throughout India and overseas. Having advanced his personal fashion of abstraction, he, nevertheless, believes that there’s nothing referred to as abstraction in artwork. “The whole lot is summary. When a baby attracts a mountain and dawn, she or he makes a number of strains right here and there and fill it with colors. However, in nature, there may be nothing like an overview with colors inside or outdoors. So what the kid attracts can also be a sort of abstraction. Nevertheless, sadly, individuals search for a way of resemblance in artwork and attempt to discover which means. Once they fail to take action, they get fearful about an summary work,” he says.
The artist stresses that he prefers to go away it to the creativeness of a spectator to grasp his works. “As a substitute of attempting to convey which means right into a portray, I believe it’s higher for the portray to come back out with a which means,” he avers. As somebody who believes that “portray is an entire artwork and may evoke all senses directly and variously”, Murali says that he “doesn’t need to take the function of an interpreter.”
Among the many evocative photographs within the exhibition are two units of triptych (a panel of three work) and one other set with 5 work. “At occasions you are inclined to really feel constrained by the top of the canvas or paper. However in a gaggle of panels you’ll be able to usher in separate dimensions and color frames that complement one another. It’s principally about bringing structural continuity,” he observes, including that every portray within the assortment holds significance for him.
The 60-year-old artist taught literature and was professor and former chair on the Division of English, Pondicherry College. He’s additionally an writer with books on aesthetics, surroundings and poetry assortment to his credit score, moreover being an avid hen watcher and nature photographer. “All these roles are necessary for me and they’re a sort of nourishment,” he says.
In the course of the lockdown he immersed himself in portray water colors and have been importing them recurrently on his Fb web page (Murali Sivaramakrishnan). “I take pleasure in travelling and since I can’t exit now, I’ve been portray the outside, particularly these locations in Kerala that I’ve visited, reminiscent of Ponmudi, Thattekkad, Munnar, Wayanad…,” he provides.
The exhibition might be considered on-line till November 30 by way of the hyperlink: