Divine Interventions

24 Apr 2014 To 28 Apr 2014

The Hk Visual Arts Centre, Kennedy Road

Ajay Kaushik, Awtash, Chander Bose, Naval Kishore, Ramesh Gorjala, Ravi Kant, Shyamal Mukherjee, Subroto Gangopadhyay, Vrinda Roy, Yashwant Shirwadkar, K R Santhana Krishnan

Representations of the divine proliferate contemporary lived experience in India, from popular poster imagery to roadside temples and sculptures. The act of spiritual image making was never ousted from the aesthetic realm unlike western art, and it remains a living tradition in region. The process of endowing a physical form with the divine itself becomes a meditative, sacred experience for the artist, and the image gains greater power through revering eyes of the beholder. The divine becomes embodied with corporeality through representation and this vests in the image a certain power that assumes within in several factors including the circulation of the image and fusion of the image with the divine power that it represents, rising above aesthetic judgments or its status as a commodity. The divine form that is an idealized imagination of man when gazed upon by a devotee, gazes back combining both into the singular concept of darsan. Thus the purpose of spiritual art here is to provide an intimate experience of the divine for the viewer while expressing the artist’s personal relationship with it through creative interventions in sacred iconography. These artworks together explore the complex notions that come together to endow an image with divine associations by consciously conforming to predictable representations and by challenging the viewer’s expectations of material depictions of the gods.

Arts
Buddha I

Artist: Awtash

Art ID: AC-213

Type: Acrylic on canvas

Status: Available

Arts
Buddha II

Artist: Awtash

Art ID: AC-214

Type: Acrylic on canvas

Status: Available


Arts
Krishna I

Artist: Awtash

Art ID: AC-215

Type: Acrylic on canvas

Status: Available

Arts
Radha

Artist: Awtash

Art ID: AC-218

Type: Acrylic on canvas

Status: Available