Artists go multisensorial in new media works

Artists go multisensorial in new media works

From 2-D to 3-D and media to multimedia, today’s artistic creators are no longer restricted to the use of only one sense — they’ve gone multisensorial.

Artists are moulding their work by engaging all five senses to depict the truth that a single one alone would not be able to pick up. This is exactly what can be experienced at the art show ‘Lines and Beyond’ where the emphasis is on the beyond.

Bespeaking their contemporaneity, the works of art are innovative and captivating. The artists have used installations of video and sound alongside photography and prints with the same ease with which they have used painting and drawing.

These artists are part of a show that promotes 30 emerging, contemporary artists at the Rangoli Metro Art Center to demonstrate a truly unique showcase of talent. It is on from 11 am to 7.30 pm until August 25.

Neha Mehta and Rahul K P have made an ethereal white installation that the viewer has to walk through, all the while being groped by hands made of wire. The message speaks of a country where women are trapped by the undercurrents of violence. The artists ask us to mark the spot and speak up against the violence against women as part of ‘The Neighbourhood Project’.

Rakishith K uses mixed media and magnifying glasses to inspect the ‘untitled’ and the ‘undefined’ as he displays a medley of print, pencil sketches and a curious array of beans magnified to different measures to engage the viewer in a suspended sense of ‘absence’.

“I create patterns and, as time progresses, layers are created. From these, shapes, objects and forms emerge and become concrete. There are a lot of processes behind the elements of my work,” he said.

In ‘Missing Links’, Kushal S K uses the video sculpture of a giant phone playing a looped feed of a child’s whimsical drawings of a bird to the tune of morning birds chirping loudly — the artwork stops every passerby short! It is impossible not to see this tweeting phone and wonder what it could mean as it pleads for attention and yet offers no answers.

Vineesh V Amin uses lasers and motors to mesmerise the viewer and elicit awe for the intangible. ‘Zero’ is a red laser that draws insensible infinities that never stay still on the wall.

Mithila R Baindur is another artist who uses an installation of fabric and resin to create in every viewer the ache of a child’s life lost before it could even begin. Its white purity is, to accentuate contrast, stained by the raw and strangely vulnerable figure curled up at the base. Titled ‘Presence of an Absence’, this piece silently screams of a life lived in anticipation of loss and longing.

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