Geometry and fluidity mark Apparao’s summer curation.
On the surface, Apparao Galleries’ summer curation, Movement on the Edge, seems to have brought together two different sensibilities—Madhukar Maithani, who works with geometric abstracts, and John Tun Sein, who has a more fluid approach. But underneath the layers, they share a common love: a search for concepts, composition and creative flow. “For me, art is a ‘happening’; it happens as I work. There is no pre-meditated subject to contemplate. It is a creative flow,” shares Chennai-based Sein, whose canvases—distinctive by their layers of lines and colours—are always untitled, as “all my works are non-representational, I work without any subjects”.
Delhi-based Maithani also feels pre-determined concepts are superfluous roadblocks to creativity. “I pile layer over layer (on canvas) until it satiates the aesthetic senses in me. To me, the relationship between colours and forms is of utmost importance; I like my canvases to be at peace with themselves. When the right balance is achieved, the result is spiritualistic,” he says.
While nostalgia seems to mark most of his paintings, Maithani says the question he addresses is ‘how sensitive are you to your surroundings’. For Sein, though, it seems to be the process of discovery and finding composition. His abstract canvases feature layers of colours, incorporating varied styles. “The multiple layers of colours I use are not representative of any thought process,” he clarifies, adding that the search for composition is most interesting.
All the works at the exhibition are new, with a few pieces done specifically for it.
Till July 31. Details: 28332226
—Surya Praphulla Kumar