Showcasing the interaction between the beauty of arts and science,physicist-turned-artist and PU alumnus Sukant Saran displayed his work at the Fine Arts museum at Panjab University on Friday.
The exhibition titled SCALES Micrograph – Photo Montages,includes digital prints of commonplace objects seen under the microscope and photographed. The micrographs are aesthetically juxtaposed with normal photographs of the objects to create photo montages.
According to Saran,The idea is to portray two scales- the visible and the microscopic scale,in the same frame. For instance,a pencil shaving as viewed under a microscope is superimposed against the image of a tree which is its point of origin at the macro level.
Another interesting print which also serves as a commentary is titled Watch (currency). It is a magnification of a portion of a currency note,near Mahatma Gandhis eyes,juxtaposed against a photograph of the note,signifying that his vigilant eye is constantly watchful of the integrity of its holder. Similar effects were used to depict other everyday objects.
From science to art was a long journey of over 15 years for Saran,who claims that he is almost completely an artist now. He says that was involved with editing the in-house journal of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR),Mumbai,where he presently works. Bored of editing the drab scientific journals,I started using graphics in them. Eventually,I started customizing the graphics according to the subject matter, he says.
He gradually shifted to experimenting with the artistic side of scientific objects and patterns using digital art technology and photography. Saran observes,The scientific view has grown into such a philosophical world-view,and even a way of life,that people from diverse backgrounds see it in their own fashion. Artists too respond to its beauty and mystery by creating an artistic vision of topical scientific concepts and developments,appealing to the scientifically inclined.
Through a lecture organised on Friday at PU,Saran described how science and art,regardless of their differences,have always interacted at various levels,constantly informing and enriching each other. The exhibition will continue till October 21.