Contemporary Art Petals 2012

The idea of emancipation has been the greatest desire and search of human mind / life since his existence. It has been a vivid desire of man, and so, a vivid theme of all art and artists of all eras.

The present exhibition also revolves around the idea of natural, social or emotional limitations of human mind and social living; and the desire to go beyond to attain liberation.

The works highlight the limitations of space, time and mind and socio-cultural truths, depict the natural or man-made limitations of mind and society; and put forward the desire of moving beyond these bars to a state of liberation- where happiness is a possible state of being:

The man, standing upright like a bamboo plant in the works of Amita Gupta, looks forward, beyond time in search of liberation, the rainbow of Kishore Shanker put forward the idea of purity of nature, with a golden line, symbolizing the corrupt nature of man, which mars the beauty of the pure colors. …. the woman sitting within the chakra of time, by Simret Jandu stares at the little bird, caged like her in the physical and mental limitations, but awaits, with patience for the more liberated times, a placid smile in the work of Balwinder Tanwar loudly applaud the idea of happiness in freedom. Thereafter, the happy shiny beads of water dancing in the space depicted in the pictures of Neeraj Sharma, overwhelmed by the liberation attained liberation attained…. and finally the lotus, of Nirmal Thakur, symbolic of the peace and purity of mind attained…

It is amazing to discern the similarity of direction of thought of all artists, coming from diverse milieus, diverse backgrounds and professions, but, belonging to the same age group… Maybe it the age of passing from the inner shell of heart to jump into the outer world, with intention of sharing, discussing and spreading the ideas of growth and evolution with their fellow beings, to be able to lay down stronger building blocks for their future generations…

The process of art involves, as much the idea of the search and discovery and making of the self, as of the outer world…


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