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.
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