Through the looking glass

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jul 10 2016

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Category: Asia, India

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Up close: Light-rimmed, dark faces, all similar, each one different. Made by the artist out of paper pulp, rice paper, acrylic and art powder colour. With their wide open mouths they look startled, scared; but – according to the Exhibition Guide – they are initiates singing at their first holy communion.

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Two steps back: From a little distance you may not notice it, but come closer and you’ll see that the seemingly quiet surface is actually whirling, stirred by strong personal emotions.
The artist, Arun K S, comes from an orthodox Christian family in Kerala. He has taken distance from his religion, but is marked by it and its imagery keeps influencing his work.

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Five steps back: An abstract painting of large dimensions hanging on a wall. The little dots, thousands of them, uncountable, create an image of pleasant regularity. It could almost have been designed by a computer programme.
We know better!

Photos of the week: Untitled (2014), 4 panels of 96×192 cm each, by Arun K S at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India 2014


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