Borderless Art Painting in Grids – The New Indian Express

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A grid of 64 small squares. Some are deep with solid colors like gray, rust and yellow. Others contain geometric shapes, such as rectangles and trapezoids. But together, they form an art, perhaps quirky, but definitely decoding the inspiration of geometry on abstract lines. Math played muse in the 6’x4′ mixed media piece titled “It Was” by Nagaswami Ramachandran, now on display at Geometry and Art, an ongoing group exhibition at Apparao Galleries in Chennai.

“I didn’t want a name as a name and used this title instead. It displays a sense of permanence. I’m not into strong representations. This work is done in layers. I first applied transparent varnish on a sheet of newspaper before making the grids. I don’t pretend to be creative, rather I use the shapes available to tell a story,” says Ramachandran, 47, who deployed the grid metaphor to push a minimalist and conceptual connotation in order to create a particular and undeniable rhythm.

He sees the exhibition, which also features other artists from Tamil Nadu, RM Palaniappan,
P Gopinath, Dhasan and Arvind Sundar, as an ode to his love for mathematics. “I love the subject
aesthetically. When I was a kid, I questioned the concept of abstraction, because I believe anything that has a physical form can never be abstract. Therefore, I play with negative space – the space between you and me, and the space between forms – because it is the most abstract form that we encounter on a daily basis”, explains the artist, who s is also inspired by probability theory which focuses on different elements combining to take on a specific form. “The permutations and combinations are endless,” he says.

Inspired by the geometric simplicity of SH Raza, Ramachandran’s works, 10 in all at the exhibition, have repeating patterns and structural integrity as key differentiators. A graduate of the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai, his works, although seemingly minimalist, have a distinct visual language that uses segments, slices, bursts, bursts and geometric abstractions.

In another exhibited work, “Degree of Certainty,” Ramachandran reiterates that saying nothing in itself is context. In ‘Yet-3’, he replaces one of the grid pigments with tissue paper. “When I started with the abstract form, I started with the newspaper because I wanted to paint against a background of current events in society. If you zoom in, you can see the lines. It adds a different layer to the work. All my works start from a clear plan, but change during the creative process”, confesses the artist. It’s art in the grids, but it goes beyond borders.

A grid of 64 small squares. Some are deep with solid colors like gray, rust and yellow. Others contain geometric shapes, such as rectangles and trapezoids. But together, they form an art, perhaps quirky, but definitely decoding the inspiration of geometry on abstract lines. Math played muse in the 6’x4′ mixed media piece titled “It Was” by Nagaswami Ramachandran, now on display at Geometry and Art, an ongoing group exhibition at Apparao Galleries in Chennai. “I didn’t want a name as a name and used this title instead. It displays a sense of permanence. I’m not into strong representations. This work is done in layers. I first applied transparent varnish on a sheet of newspaper before making the grids. I don’t pretend to be creative, rather I use the shapes available to tell a story,” says Ramachandran, 47, who deployed the grid metaphor to pushing a minimalist and conceptual overtone in order to create a particular and unmistakable rhythm.He sees the exhibition, which also features fellow Tamil Nadu artists RM Palaniappan, P Gopinath, Dhasan and Arvind Sundar, as an ode to his love for the mathematics.” I like the subject in an aesthetic way. When I was a child, I questioned the concept of abstraction, because I believe that anything that has a physical form can never be abstract. By therefore, I play with the neg space ative – the space between you and me, and the space between forms – because it is the most abstract form we encounter on a daily basis”, explains the artist, who is also inspired by the theory of probability which focuses on different elements combining to take on a specific shape. “The permutations and combinations are endless,” he says. Inspired by the geometric simplicity of SH Raza, Ramachandran’s works, 10 in all at the exhibition, have repeating patterns and structural integrity as key differentiators. A graduate of the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai, his works, although seemingly minimalist, have a distinct visual language that uses segments, slices, bursts, bursts and geometric abstractions. In another exhibited work, “Degree of Certainty,” Ramachandran reiterates that saying nothing in itself is context. In ‘Yet-3’, he replaces one of the grid pigments with tissue paper. “When I started with the abstract form, I started with the newspaper because I wanted to paint against a background of current events in society. If you zoom in, you can see the lines. It adds a different layer to the work. All my works start from a clear plan, but change during the creative process”, confesses the artist. It’s art in the grids, but it goes beyond borders.

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