From a signboard artist painting film and political banners on the streets of Chennai, to having his first solo show in the Capital, it’s been a good trip for Yuvan Bothisatuvar.
A pit stop on this journey included the artist spending close to three months at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, as part of their international Artists in Residence (AiR) programme. And it is the yield of this residency that is on display at the recently-opened Art District XIII Gallery. Before AiR, Bothisatuvar was wrapping up a course in visual communication, after 12 years of being a billboard artist.
Curated by Veer Munshi and titled “The Final Illusion,” the show speaks volumes about Bothisatuvar’s leaning towards geometrical and identical compositions. On display are works made from magazines, newsprint, catalogues and stainless steel –— the materials the 39-year-old found around the distillery.
Some of his inspirations are easy to trace — for the paper on plywood self-explanatory piece titled Scottish Wall, Scotland’s stone walls were his anchor, much like the open landscapes were for his Scottish Landscape. Winner of the Emerging Artist of the Year 2013 Award, backed by Glenfiddich and bestcollegeart.com, Bothisatuvar’s ideation also deserves a mention.
In A to Z, there’s a barcode made on scraps of Tamil literature while his Illusion revels in black and white stripes made across 18 panels. In Alive, stainless steel which moves with the wind, is the protagonist.
“Here in India, whoever is funding your work always has a major say in the kind of work that you do. But there was so much freedom for this show — no one ever questioned my ideas, or told me what should be done. That’s why a residency such as this is a really good platform for emerging artists,” says Bothisatuvar.
The show is on display at Art District XIII Gallery, F-213-C, Lado Sarai, till July 20, 11am to 7pm. Call 9560505946