Art of the Mat­ter

Con­tem­po­rary artist and sculp­tor G Ravin­der Reddy talks about cu­rat­ing his first solo show in 10 years, and the evo­lu­tion of the fe­male form in his work.

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Artist G Ravin­der Reddy on cu­rat­ing his first solo show in 10 years.

Q What was the idea be­hind the ex­hi­bi­tion?

The main pur­pose of this show ti­tled 'Heads and Bod­ies, Icons and Idols' was to pro­vide a glimpse of my ca­reer span­ning over three decades, start­ing from 1980 to the present.

Q What kept you away from pub­lic shows for so long?

I have been ex­hibit­ing in groups for sev­eral years but with lim­ited works. How­ever, a solo show was not pos­si­ble as none of the gal­leries could hold my en­tire body of work. The Gallery, where I am ex­hibit­ing was large enough to house all my pieces, which is why it fi­nally ma­te­ri­alised.

Q How has your in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the fe­male form evolved over the years?

In the 80’s, I looked at women dif­fer­ently. My un­der­stand­ing and per­cep­tion of women has changed as I have grown older. Those changes re­flect in my work to­day. My ini­tial work was per­haps more sex­ual. Cur­rently, the fig­ures are more re­laxed in their stance, larger, more grace­ful and fluid.

Q Why did you de­cide to work with fi­bre­glass?

Fi­bre­glass has no per­ceived aes­thet­ics un­like stone, wood or bronze. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, sculpt­ing was more about the ma­te­rial qual­ity than the sculp­tor’s vi­sion. This made me very con­scious as an artist. I de­cided not to fo­cus on wood grain or stone sur­faces but the art form and cre­ation and chose fi­bre­glass which is colour­less, fluid and can adapt to any shape or form.

Q What role does art play in the current po­lit­i­cal cli­mate?

Art should pro­voke and as­sim­i­late time and re­al­ity. But it should also be mean­ing­ful and rel­e­vant ten years down the line, only then will it have achieved its pur­pose. I also feel art should re­flect univer­sal con­cerns. Dif­fer­ent forms like po­etry, writ­ing, theatre, au­dio vi­su­als, etc, are more provoca­tive. The role that art plays is more lim­it­less and univer­sal. When I make an art work, I don’t like tran­sient emo­tions to be re­flected. I seek a con­nect with long last­ing emo­tions shared by all cul­tures, all re­li­gions and all peo­ple.

At The Gallery, RMZ Ecoworld, Maratha­halli, Outer Ring Road On till Septem­ber 9

Time 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tues­day closed) IN­DIA TO­DAY

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