A Lady Knight among Metrosexuals - Pallavi Singh
We have lady knights living amongst us in today’s times. They do not wield the sword and go slaying dragons needlessly. They sport a mind shinier than an armor. Subtle satire is their weapon of choice and the impact is as severe as any sword cut, like the works of Pallavi Singh, satirical and sharp, says Sushma Sabnis.
Humour is a necessary human element, especially when it is incorporated so effortlessly and artistically to engage with a subject of gravity. Pallavi’s paintings arrest the viewer’s glance initially, for their bright and colourful vibrancy and humour, but on further observation, the seriousness of not just the subject, but the bigger picture comes to the fore. Odd or funny faced male protagonists, and docile looking female protagonists bring forth the obvious gender discrimination without breaking open reams of historical baggage.Pallavi is a Master of Fine Arts Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi graduate and her understanding and approach to a subject of her choice, mainly, ‘human/ physical desire’ is very unlike the cliches of artistic interpretation. Her figurative style walks the fence of naive art, only as far as the style is concerned, but the concept and the thoughts are so presented as to create distinct visual narratives.
|(A work of the series Desire to be desired - Mirror mirror on the wall)|
|(One of the works from the series Desire to be desired - Mirror Man)|
The three works titled, ‘desire lust’ also depict similar visuals which show the male lusting after the female protagonist, in most of the paintings, the lustful look is mirrored and the secret fantasies are evident in the male unflinching gaze.
|(A work of the Desire Lust series- Auto Ride)|
Most of the works in the series are rendered in acrylic on canvas and the figures are stylised very uniquely by the artist. One can straight away see the artist make a subtle mockery of the ‘self-obsessed’ male protagonist of today’s society. Her work uses satire as a catalyst to present and interpret a much graver issue of gender inequality rampant in today’s society. Pallavi also invites the viewer to dare to look into their own selves, and reveal the not so groomed ‘self’ lying dormant shrouded by eons of etiquette and social customs and norms. In her own way she makes the viewer address and undress the sheaths of social conditioning to reveal the true human being.
With bold subjects to work on and a style exclusively her own, this lady knight succeeds in holding a mirror up to the viewer’s face. What one sees in that mirror is what the artist intends to make the viewer readdress.
The Bong Connecxn show
The Visual Arts Gallery of India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, presents a group show of Bengali artists, titled, ‘Bong Connecxn’, raising their voices against the din of social issues in the form of art.The art work on display is a creative expression of the cultural resonance of Bengal.
Bubble Economy through Contemporary Posters
|(A poster on display at the Japan Foundation Show)|
Transformation : The Kiss of Life
|(A painting by Poonam Agarwal)|
The Leela Gallery, Mumbai presents a solo show of works of artist, Poonam Agarwal, in a show titled, ‘Transformation: The Kiss of Life’.
The Rang Rasia Show
|(A painting from the Rang Rasia show)|
(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)