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Mix and Match

From god to gold and streets to serenity,“The Collectives” is about myriad reflections on canvas,in stone and through the lens.

From god to gold and streets to serenity,“The Collectives” is about myriad reflections on canvas,in stone and through the lens. The group show that is currenty on at Art Portfolio gallery in the city has 10 artists from across the country showcasing their thoughts in their chosen mediums. Ankush Safaya,an abstract artist,who works in acrylic and oil on canvas,has used thick layers of colour to give a duality to his work as seen in Gold Rush. Here,the artist has used streams of dull yellow on black,giving the work a vertical motion. Pradeep Verma’s paintings present Buddha in varied shades.

On the other hand,SC Ahuja’s sculptures in black metal depict an old man in a comfortable chair,walking with a stick,while C Vishwa has worked with ceramics to create masks. His has used ceramic and stoneware to give form to a sculpture called Hum Tum 2,with two faces in opposite direction. An interesting work by Vishwa is that of four heads and faces with different expressions. Idris Ahmed’s photographs,Holi in Brij,are arresting,as he has played with orange and red to capture movement and stillness. Another artist,Matthew Kurien has used the technique of cut-outs in his photographic series “Soulless Cutouts” to depict the street in a place abroad.

Malay Datta’s silhouette of Buddha without a face,enveloped in robes of pink,lends an ethereal quality to his work and in contrast is a painting of a goddess titled Shakti. Renu Aggarwal’s Vertical Abstracts are flames of red and yellow and a silhouette of a woman in bright colours. Dhiren Shasmal has created Ganesha Janini with intricate motifs and a background of flowers,which is both intricate and subtle.

The show is on at Art Portfolio,Sector 9,till May 14