Exhibition Ojas Gallery
In the open
There is almost mystic logic at play on why sculptor K.S. Radhakrishnan decided to hold his exhibition, In the Open, out in the open. The artist talks of his pieces ageing naturally. When you walk into the midst of the 20 or so bronze figurines on display though, there is almost an overwhelming feeling of life around you. Ironically, it comes from those that do not move: from Maiya and Musui, Radhakrishnan’s signature characters and alter-egos, through whose taut body-arches the artist celebrates the human spirit. Musui is said to have been modelled on a Santhal youth, but it’s Maiya who holds your gaze with her myriad forms. In one piece, she is set up to launch herself in the shape of a bow; in another, she carries a ship of human chaos graciously on her shoulder. Then, she is at work with a pen, while in the middle of a handstand. There is an overwhelming sense of fluidity in their motions, and a greater sense of gender neutrality and symbiosis at work. It seems the artist talks of mundane details and over-arching truths in the same breath. It could be for visual aesthetic or for trying to grapple with something bigger, but this exhibit is worthy of our contemplation.