Look at the above sculptures carefully. They are all made by an eighth generation Chola dynasty sculptor. The two small ones at the front are made using traditional design principles. But the three larger sculptures at the back are abstract. They are a fusion between tradition and modernity. The sculpture in the center shows legs and wrists of a woman (supposedly in a seated position). But there is nothing else. That’s stretching the limits of abstractionism!
These sculptures are from the ‘Sculpture : Past to Future’ expo at ARTWORLD, Sarala’s Art Center, Ganeshpuram, Chennai and they have been organized as a part of the World Crafts Council’s ‘Kaivalam’, a festival celebrating handicrafts being held at India (Chennai), this year.
The best thing about this expo is, all the sculptures are hand-made by sculptors from various parts of India. I was able to see a number of traditional sculptures (Nataraja statues, etc.), but some of the best sculptures were abstract in nature. It’s kind of fusion between the Indian traditions and Western influences and I feel that exploring outside the traditional boundaries is a positive development for the growth of art/sculpture in India. What do you think?
I have shown some pictures taken at this expo, below. There were, of course, many more exhibits and if you are in Chennai, you can consider going to the exhibition which is on from 26th September 2012 to 10th October 2012.