Monday, March 25, 2013

Alternative readings to popular culture

Ram Bali Chauhan’s work revolves around the concept of faceless, global terrorism that looms large. He has developed a unique visual language, which involves experimentation with intricate arrangement of line and form. His work invariably provokes a heightened viewer response and participation because it deals with their immediate concerns.

He did his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) College of Art, New Delhi in 2001, and then completed his Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture) College of Art, New Delhi in 2003. Apart from  ‘Voice of Violence', The Stainless Gallery; The Mint, Delhi (2008), his other selected solo exhibitions are ‘Shadow Lives’, The Mint, Delhi in 2008;  and shows at Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi (2006 and 2003).

Ram Bali Chauhan’s significant group exhibitions include ‘Insider’, Bodhi Art, Mumbai in 2007; All India Fine Art and Craft Society (AIFACS) show in a show Freedom Art Gallery, Delhi and a show Freedom Art Gallery, Delhi in 2000. His noteworthy participations include 'Miniscule Marvel', presented by Contemplate at Gallery BMB, Mumbai (2011); 12th Yuva Mahotsava Sahitya Kala Parisad, Delhi (2003); Indo Japan Art Symposium, India (2002-03); Ravi Jain Memorial Annual Art Exhibition at Dhoomimal Art Gallery, Delhi (2000-02); and Annual Art Exhibition, College of Art, Delhi (1998-2003). 

The artist with the help of human skeletons and animals reflects upon the theme from the common people’s perspective. In fact, animal as well as human skeletons or frames are a recurrent motif in his compositions. He consciously chooses to isolate specific contours and configurations of interest to him. He magnifies these in his creations creating a feel of immediacy.

In an introductory essay to his series, ‘Voice of Violence’, critic Deeksha Nath had mentioned: “His art provides alternative readings to popular culture and a public language of fracture, hostility and threat by exploring tactics of fear. His artwork comes from a creative rather than from a scientific, legal or historical speaking position.

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