Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Creating a perplexing parallel yet believable reality

Venkat Bothsa’s mystifying mix of brightly colored fascinating fulsome figuration is invariably inlayed with bewildering embellishments of all different kinds and forms. It is derived from either natural elements or drawn from media and photographs. It’s a curious mix of mythology, cinematic reverie and contemporary realities.

The intriguing collation of diverse influences appears familiar, light hearted and fun filled outwardly. But it grips us with slightly strange and surrealist streak on further inspection. The artist’s larger-than-life sculptures leave behind an exuberant dramatic effect.Born in 1961, he did his BFA from the University of Andhra Pradesh (1977-83) and later completed MFA from Benaras Hindu University (1983-85). A solo his works comprising three-dimensional objects was arranged at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore (2007).

Apart from solo shows including ‘Steeped in Sanskriti’, at Canada’s Gibsone Jessop Gallery (in conjunction with the Seagull India Arts Foundation) in 2009, his work has formed part of several other important shows, such as 41st national exhibition in New Delhi by the LKA (1998), Ksetra Art Gallerym, Visakhapatnam (2004).

Besides sculpture projects for public commissions, he has participated in International artists' workshop in Orissa in 1995, 10th Triennale international sculptors' workshop courtesy Lalit Kala Akademy (2001) in Chandigarh, Sculptor's Workshop organized by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (1998), and All India senior sculptors' camp in Visakhapatnam (1998).  He is also credited with conceiving and designing a tribal art and life museum, called Museum of Habitat in his home state.

Creating a perplexing parallel yet believable reality, he infuses elements of kitsch, albeit with a latent touch of lyricism, mapping a completely new, composite reality. The artist, in the process, defends and dodges many obvious compulsions of his own characters and the tumultuous clash amongst originally disconnected forms. His polychromatic realm of sculptures is soaked in spectacular dazzle. The viewers, as if, are drawn into an alluring phantasmagoria.

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