Sunday, July 28, 2013

‘Maximum Bose’

A significant solo show at Gallery 7 in Mumbai marks renowned artist Bose Krishnamachari’s return to the city after a gap of almost three years. Obviously the entire art fraternity is elated.

Back in year 2010, Bose and Riyas Komu received a favorable response for their idea of Kochi-Muziris Biennale by the culture ministry of Kerala. This art project of ambitious international scale was designed to resemble the depth and extent of the world-famous Venice Biennale. The event started in December 2012, and carried on until March this year.

Both were obviously busy organizing it. Having successfully completed the event, Bose is back with a solo in the city, much to the delight of all art lovers. He quips in an interview, “I am based out of Mumbai, so I keep going back and forth, but yes, the Biennale has kept me busy. I’m quite a fast worker, so all these paintings were done very recently. If you have to, you find time for anything.”

A news report by Shweta Mehta of The Hindustan Times sums up the show in his own words as follows: “I believe that colors can play a magical role and transform a body. They can sculpt something that is formless or abstract. They share positive vibes and represent maximum freshness, happiness, depth, layers and texture.” Elaborating further on its core theme, he states the works are all about color and life.

The show is not large, with 12 paintings on view, but the artist himself is quite content with his output and the end result. Usually, his art shows are sprinkled with a peculiar piece of furniture or a work in mixed media. This time though, Bose has not been able to incorporate anything of that sort. He still has tried to experiment with a circular frame. It’s something that the versatile artist has not done before.

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