Figurative sculptures reflecting society
To present a blend of beauty and strength, a solo show by artist Arun Pandit titled ‘Power & Pathos’ will be held from April 2-8 at Lalit Kala Akademi in the national Capital. The show, which has been curated by Uma Nair, will feature sculptural work by Arun Pandit.
Arun Pandit’s artwork is a perfect blend of aesthetic value and realistic approach towards the subject. There are two distinctive features of Arun’s sculpture: one is his endeavour to give a three dimensional appearance along with the motion of the object and other one is the use of a cast in the final product. The cast is used as an inseparable part of his sculptures.
Artist Arun Pandit creates a suite of 20 sculptures. Human figures and bulls become his metaphors for the observations and comments he makes on everyday society. Totally taken in by the invasion of the internet age and its paralysis with the term Error 404, these works sometimes give us a mirror image of multiple reflections that go back and forth in time. While his bulls and human forms create a stirring residue of emotions within us what unveils is both the power and pathos of human endeavours and predicaments.
Though he admires installations, Pandit could never garner the courage to make them because of space constraints but he has always been on the lookout for the medium that he combines with sculptures to give them movement and life and shake the conscience of the viewer.
“For me the internet experience is a kind of disorientation which is the beginning and ends in a way where it’s like a closed question that operates in a basic perceptual textbook in the human psyche.You see the image one way and if you turn in space then it becomes different experientially”, said Arun Pandit.
The best part of the show is when the artist’s works give us an abstraction born out of realism. If his human figures make you stand and think and ponder then his Bull series reflect the Error 404-as an impassioned fragment of the unfinished business of time.
Curator Uma Nair commented: “To the term ‘curiosity’ we can also add the word ‘openness’. We may not feel curious, but there is something there that we want to figure out. I think that Pandit’s work is about experience and the analysis of the human angst within. His work ‘Maa’ is an impassionate work that combines feminine and abstract tenors.”