Art review

Sound lines

A portrait by T Vaikuntam

“Playing 1ShanthiRoad – Sound and its Other”, by stimulating visitors to follow, attune him/herself to and probe simple but subtle, abstract sounds emitting from a few points that quite corresponded to the rectangle of the hall inclusive of its centre, let one sense a relationship with the space and its architecture in an almost non-visual manner. Stopping by and moving from one such focus to another, one could hear a rudimentary and muted yet clear sound lasting even or intensified slowly, then nearly died out, especially at a distance only to re-emerge and grow one more.

One may have been greater involved with time noticing almost interrupted continuance in the enduring, modulating lines of sound and allowed one to intuit one’s own trying to grasp connections.

The paintings and drawings by T Vaikuntam at Apparao Galleries (August 5 to 30) seem conventional, formalistic and aimed at mere pleasing. His images deprive the rustic people depicted of realness and make them attractively easy on the buyer’s conscience. The works, sourced from collectors, come from previous decades revealing that hardly anything has changed in the artist’s oeuvre, and on the other hand, emphasising his continuing dependence on Laxma Goud, rooted in the modernist-folkloristic paradigm still ingrained in Andhra.

Comparisons are inevitable, since the dominant, sensuous, heavily assertive women have exuberance and exaggerated crudity, though they lack Goud’s poetry. The male portraits from the 1980s, although better in brutal seriousness using dense hatching and gaps creating fissures in volumes.

The only inner development appears to lead towards smoothing and nicety, as the relatively later paintings suggest.

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