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    Painter AV Ilango on artistic enquiry, his new book and a new series of 40 paintings.

    AV Ilango is quite firma��his book, Coming Home to eARTh – Space. Line. Form (the first he has penned) is not meant to teach anyone how to hold a pencil and draw a line. Rather, it is an experiential one that details artistic inquiry and creative practice. a�?I am a self-taught artist and Ia��ve been doing this for over 40 years. In fact, it was one of my students who inspired me to put the concepts I have developed into a book,a�? he says, adding it has exercises and illustrative examples, so if someone a�?reads it sincerely, they will be able create worka�?. Though he launched the 350-pagera��co-authored with Srivi Kalyan, a writer-artista��late last year at Art Bengaluru, he hopes the Chennai launch will reach more people. a�?Today, everyone is into their own subjective world, which is virtual. No one looks at a tree, feels a tree or understands a tree anymore. So we are asking people to reconnect, because art lets you be in the now,a�? says the 66-year-old former maths professor, who runs Ilangoa��s Art Space in the city and is an artist in residence at the Srishti School of Art and Design.
    He will also unveil a series of 40 drawings and paintings that explores space, line, form and time. a�?There is no one themea��Ia��ve explored movement in everything from dance to cock fights. Ia��ve been sketching dancers like Priya-darsini Govind for years now. After working on Bharatnatyam and Odissi, I am now fascinated by Mohiniyattam and I will add 15 new pieces,a�? he concludes.
    On April 2, at 6 pm, at Forum Art Gallery. Details: 42115596

    a��Surya Praphulla Kumar

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