Micro Trends 2021, a show of inexpensive miniature and small format works by 23 artists at Cholamandal Artists’ Village, goals to takes artwork past a distinct segment viewers
In 1971, KCS Panicker, president of the Progressive Painters’ Association based in 1944, led a brigade of artists from Madras to Pune to show miniature works. To everybody’s shock, they returned empty-handed having offered all of the artworks. Veteran artist P Gopinath was one amongst them.
He remembers, “Back then, the artworks were priced from ₹25 to ₹100.” Students and unconventional patrons who wished to make inroads into artwork assortment via accessible artwork, made up a lot of the patrons. “They used to tell us that they liked paintings and sculptures but didn’t have a big space to exhibit large artworks,” says Gopinath. Thanks to the overwhelming response, the identical group then confirmed in Bombay and Madras in 1972, solely to satisfy an analogous curiosity.
In 2021, after a bleak yr colored by an ongoing pandemic, the identical format makes up Micro Trends 2021, a bodily exhibition that reveals works of 23 artists at Cholamandal Artists’ Village. Though Micro Trends was earlier proven in 2015 and 2017, this time round, it turns into the primary bodily exhibition that the collaborating artists have been in, since a yr.
With a wealthy line-up of veteran and budding artists, the show boasts of a number of narratives and lots of themes — the one widespread issue being that the works are of a smaller format (small in dimension, and inexpensive) .
S Saravanan, the sitting president of the Progressive Painters’ Association says, “The price and size of an artwork is always in the way of the viewer. Nowadays, big paintings or sculptures can’t be seen in modern homes because of the lack of space. So, the small works if priced low, can reach a larger art-loving public. The accessibility can also create a genuine home for art. Art should not be considered a luxury.”
Each of the artists have contributed 4 of their works to the show that homes work no more than 1 ft x 1 ft and sculptures not taller than 1 ft.
Senior artists who make up the Madras Art Movement, like P Gopinath, SG Vasudev, M Senathipathi, D Venkatapathy, C Douglas, Akkitham Narayanan, PS Nandhan, Premalatha Seshadri are contributors. A miniature format is usually the one approach via which first-time patrons, beginner collectors and artwork college students can get their fingers on works by these giants.
“Apart from canvases, works done on granite, metal relief, copper-welded sculptures… are part of the exhibition. And these are especially difficult to make in a miniature format,” says Saravanan who additionally strayed away from his medium of consolation (acrylic on canvas) to experiment with handmade metallic reduction work.
He explains the laborious course of, “The metal is beaten and brough to shape. It is then engraved and coloured with enamel colours. Once the metal is heated, the enamel colour melts and sticks to the metal. Finally, a silver polishing is done and the work is coated in oil paints to render it an antique quality.” The detailing calls for lots of bodily labour, particularly as a miniature.
Gopinath agrees. “Making smaller works is more difficult because you are constantly concentrating on the space. There is more work involved.”
His semi-abstract work (acrylic on canvas) with emphasis on patterns and colors, asks the query, “What makes a real picture?” This untitled sequence was accomplished over a number of weeks.
“Working and reworking goes on until one is satisfied,” he provides. S Hemalatha, a sculptor who specialises on lending up to date tones to mythological characters and conventional temple motifs, has displayed sculptures of Ganesha, Jesus Christ and a rendition of a dancing fish. “In a miniature sculpture, each and every part is very minute. Even while welding parts, it has to be held with precision and care. But many art lovers show a lot of interest,” provides Hemalatha whose works are round six inches in peak.
Though the previous yr had been financially tough for a lot of in Cholamandal Artists’ Village, they have been in a position to work undisturbed for longer durations, leading to collections which can be able to be displayed. The market nevertheless continues to be boring.
Micro Trends 2021 hopes to succeed in out to the town, and seize imaginations via artwork once more.
Micro Trends 2021 shall be on show until April 30 from 9.30 am to six.30 pm, together with Sundays. There shall be thermal screenings and sanitising stations on the gallery. Viewers shall be allowed entry in a staggered method.