Indian artist reveals conflict within humanityCultural Correspondent
Leading Indian sculptor KS Radhakrishnan is showcasing his selected works in his first ever solo exhibition in Dhaka titled ‘Conflict Within Ascending Figures’ at the Bengal Art Lounge in Gulshan.
The exhibition is displaying 23 eye-catching and thought-provoking sculptures done in bronze, which was inaugurated by the internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed on September 7.
Radhakrishnan’s interest lies in the journey of humanity and the human species as his sculptures, invariably, have human figures as the subject. The tiny, diminutive human figurines in meaningful arrangement testify the rich imagination and painstaking concentration of the sculptor.
The sculpture, Boat on the Head, shows - as the title suggests - a human head with a boat on it.
The boat being full of tiny figurines in an ascending/descending order implies that the one man (suggested by the head) is carrying all the multiple identities he/she has achieved in the journey of life which is suggested by the boat.
The titular sculpture Conflict Within is a sculpture which would stop a visitor to ponder on the hidden message on display. The sculpture contains a bowl in which the tiny figurines are in a flux but in a unity. The multiple identities are same, which gives the message that all men are one man, humanity is a unity despite the apparent vast differences.
Another thought provoking sculpture on display is the Global Migration. The sculptor shows the present day world characterised by the movement of the people around the globe. On a bronze-made globe, Radhakrishnan’s figurines are in various movingpostures, some are in flying postures.
Among other sculptures on display, visitors are most likely to stop before the Maiya series and Musui series. Maiya is a smiling female figure - with a little mischievous expression - whereas Musui is a determined male.
The sculpture series on Maiya and Musui includes Maiya on The Bend, Horizontal Maiya, Airbound Maiya, Maiya on Musui-2, Musui with a Bursting Cloud, Musui in the Nest, Musui as Terrafly on the Ramp, and Musui Celebrated.
‘These 23 sculptures are a selection from my works. I hope art aficionados of Bangladesh will appreciate my works,’ expected Radhakrishnan.
The exhibition will remain open for all from 12pm to 8pm till September 21.
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