Sur­real sto­ries through bronze works

The Hitavada - - PASTIME -

THE fig­ures and de­pic­tions of sculp­tor Rati­lal Kan­so­daria, which touch the real, mytho­log­i­cal and philo­soph­i­cal in one stroke, and tell in­nu­mer­able sto­ries, are on view at the Je­hangir Art Gallery here start­ing Mon­day.

Bor­row­ing from real life acts of play, the Gu­jarat-based sculp­tor moulds his bronze sculp­tures into sur­real land­scapes, spark­ing won­der and thought. Hailed as one of the prom­i­nent con­tem­po­rary In­dian sculp­tors who is devoted to the medium

of bronze, Kan­so­daria prefers a nar­ra­tive style.

Whether it is a char­iot-turned tree house show­ing birds and chil­dren in play, a vis­ual med­ley of bronze ele­phants, the Ganges and the earth, or a palan­quin-shaped chil­dren's tri­cy­cle pulled by a king, Kan­so­daria's works will bring out as many in­ter­pre­ta­tions as the num­ber of eyes see­ing them.

“The more one looks at his works the more one re­alises how he trans­forms the per­ceived re­al­i­ties into a fan­tas­tic re­al­ity, tak­ing him into a won­der­land where time and lan­guage as­sume sur­real di­men­sions,” art critic Johny ML said in a note on the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The for­mer Sheth CN Col­lege of Fine Arts stu­dent has dis­played his work in group and solo shows in the coun­try and abroad in­clud­ing in the 9th In­ter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Art Sculp­ture Tri­en­nial at Osaka, Ja­pan, and All In­dia Fine Arts Ex­hi­bi­tion in Ger­many, or­gan­iser Aura Art said in a state­ment. Eigh­teen of his sculp­tures will be on full pub­lic view till De­cem­ber 9.

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