Thursday, August 22, 2013

‘Psalms of an Invisible River’

Sujith SN’s exhibition of watercolors, entitled ‘Psalms of an Invisible River’ currently on view at New-Delhi based Vadehra Art Gallery speaks in a tongue of Holbeinesque metaphors and meanings. The large format works on paper present a world that is both poetic and apocalyptic, and sets the stage for narratives on humanity’s relationship with the world and its various other inhabitants.

The invisible river from the tile could be any of the hundreds of rivers running through Indian cities which have been forgotten, misused and hidden under the forest of buildings. They also double as metaphors of people and lives which go unseen amidst the daily humdrum of urban chaos. Sujith’s rendering of space and atmosphere, and the pervading twilight that his landscapes are suspended in, echoes the double-edged character of development.

Sujith SN works out of Mumbai and Kerala. He received his BFA from College of Fine Art, Trissur, and MFA from Sarojini Naidu School of Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad. Important exhibitions he has participated in the past include Open-eyed Dreams 8 Durbar hall, Cochin, 2007, Relative Visa, curated by Bose Krishnamachari at Bodhi Gallery, 2008, The Indian Sub-Way, curated by Yashodhara Dalmia at Grosvenor Vadehra, London, 2010, and, Skoda Prize 20, 2011-2012. His previous solo exhibitions were The Map is not the Territory, Lattitude 28, 2010, and The City and The Tower, Sakshi Gallery, 2008.

The show takes place as part of the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art’s (FICA) Emerging Artist Award 2011 which was shared by Charmi and Sujith. The non-profit organization aims to broaden the audience for contemporary Indian art, enhance opportunities for artists and scholars, and establish a continuous dialogue between the arts and the public through education and engagement with art institutions.

The Emerging Artist Award was initiated in 2007 and the award seeks to promote young artists studying or practicing in India, who demonstrate extraordinary skill and promise in the visual arts. Past recipients include Rakhi Peswani, Om Soorya, Shumona Goel, Sandip Pisalkar, Shreyas Karle, Hemali Bhuta, Paribartana Mohanty, all chosen through an extensive selection process by an independent jury.

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