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Exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam will highlight urbanization
An art exhibition by two artists of recent paintings by Pratibha Singh and Anju Kaushik will be held from December 3, 2011 at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam. This exhibition will be available for public viewing till 12th December 2011.

NOWADAYS HUMAN beings are surrounded by the things created by them rather than natural things. This is particularly true for urban population as they are surrounded by all the man-made mechanical things. Now we have no other option but to find mental peace and harmony in these mechanical things only. In the paintings being exhibited in this show the artist has blended mankind which is created by the nature and machines which have been created by man.

Pratibha Singh’s paintings envision a symbiotic world of human beings and machines. Happy transformation of bold and bald male figures into strong and sturdy (lean and mean) two wheelers happens in her works as if it were a celebration on the birth of a new being. According to Pratibha Singh, this transformation of human beings into semi-machines is a positive and progressive thing though she has some critical points to add to it. She says that even if we do not want the organic nature of human beings turning to certain mechanisms, contemporary world and its life style is such that one cannot move away from such changes. However, in her works, the human beings and the machines are not in conflict. They seem to have grown into each other and have created a inseparable bonding between them. Hence, Pratibha’s works capture the essential relationship between man and machine and the sensuous and erotic possibilities of it.

Anju Kaushik, trained under the veteran artist, Rameshwar Broota, will also showcase her work. Remarkable about Anju’s approach is the fact that she uses the tools of Optical art, perceptually kinetic in its intent, as her device for conveying quite the opposites of calm and ease. Geometry-based, her works are mostly non-representational, except perhaps the light at the end of the tunnel, signifying hope and joy, radiating energy achieved by efficient colour management both in terms of power and finesse. Positive and negative spaces share equal importance, where clearly, one could not be created without the other.

In the manner of Optical art painters she has devised complex optical spaces by manipulating repetitive forms such as parallel lines, checkerboard patterns and concentric circles, or by creating chromatic tensions from the juxtaposition of complementary colours, creating illusions of movement. This creation of effects through the use of pattern and line, wavy lines placed close to one another on the pictorial surface, creating such a volatile figure-ground relationship, is never allowed to reach a point that begins to hurt the viewer’s eyes. This substantiates another earlier observation that “her best is courteous towards the viewer.”

Johny ML writer, critic, curator, and translator has written about Anju Kaushik that she is an artist who employs the possibilities of optical illusion and the fundamental theories of Op Art in order to mould and define her creative life. she has carved out a niche for herself as her works have this distinct quality of optical illusions. Though Anju clearly wishes to create dazzling optical illusions in her works, her body of works takes the viewer beyond the momentary pleasure of optical titillation. She has a tremendous sense of abstraction and design that helps her to articulate her personal philosophy on contemporary life and society through these visually exciting works.

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