“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness."
— Joan Miro
Indeed, if you look at the line-up of artists displaying their work at the group show at Reves Art Gallery, it is an exquisite juxtaposition of the contemporary. While the art show has veteran artists like SG Vasudev, the late Yusuf Arakkal, Gurudas Shenoy, Rekha Rao, Milind Nayak, Ravi Kashi, GR Gopinath, performance artist Murali Cheeroth who has been stunning audiences with his jaw dropping acts is set to come up with another mindboggling performance at the opening. Apart from the visually striking works by Yusuf Arakkal, Gurudas Shenoy and Milind Nayak, one artwork that draws one’s attention is the provoking sculpture by Gopinath. Gopinath titled Twilight. This as a complex work that emerges from the contradictions of life, evolving from memories of fears and insecurities that get allayed with the light of love and protection. He reminisces and renders the transformative journey associated with the genesis of life, and the work symbolises the serenity and spiritual calm of that divine moment. The reference to the womb and the symbol of hope and expectation associates recollections of the past and future. Murali Cheeroth, through his performance develops a narrative against the setting of a cityscape, utilising and amalgamating socially prime examples suggesting numerous markers from history which outline the complexities of urban spaces. The works talk about the division and clashes intrinsic to current social and political conditions. Speaking about the show, curator Nalini Malaviya says “This exhibition Parallax of Visual Memories, examines the artefacts of remembrance, and it is fascinating how the initial event can never be replicated precisely as it involves retrieving abstract information. Each work creates distinct narratives, which offers insights into personal and collective histories, adding layers to the image and its meaning.
Murali’s performance is a new one, and although the core of his artistic concerns remains the same, the performance is an extension of his art practice, addressing newer concerns to resonate and engage with. Gallerist Rajini Rekha elaborates, “As a gallerist, this show is special as the curator and myself, we have tried to amalgamate the best artists in the state. We intend to curate more interesting shows like this.”
The show will impress the art lover. Do watch out for Murali Cheeroth’s stellar performance.
— The art show preview will be held on November 11 at Reves Art Gallery, Jayanagar. The writer is an art expert and curator.