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Yearning of the soul to discover solitude and peace amidst all the chaos of tumultuous life is the core of Neeraj Goswami’s practice. He reveals, “I believe truth lies in the moment…” Explaining how he perceives the bonds or boundaries that exist between humans among themselves and nature, he reveals: “It (friction) leads to repulsion and ultimately to destruction, whereas fusion can lead oneself to higher stages of attraction (at the level of consciousness). Human form is an inevitable extension of nature. All the forms in it animate -inanimate including human form are the structures of nature, if we trace the origin of it, then we realize they are made of atoms and cells with different configurations. One can sense nature functioning within and beyond through meditations.”

The idea is to establish an artistic connection between the real and the perceived. According to him, when one reaches a certain state of mind within, one realizes the eternal essence of being going beyond the mundane. According to him, the challenge is to create, explore and understand the geometry of the human body. He does so by breaking the forms as we tend to see outwardly and then simplifying the structure so as to make it look aesthetically more defined than the actuality.

The artist has stated: “I am building my very own iconography by trying to weld silence and music, triangles, planes, sharp angles and curves merge with mysterious depths and fluid shadow-lines that balance out.” His spontaneous images, though largely composed of cubism-inspired peculiar geometrical shapes, does not give an impression of being disjointed. An inherent sense of wholeness marks them, not least owing to the precision of his composition as well as the sensitive color range he unveils.

The cycle of human life and nature act as a major source of inspiration for Dhananjay Singh’s work. His creations transcend inner and outer sphere of mind as well as the physical space around. They revolve around life-giving values in the bountiful play of nature and analyze the pattern of organic growth. He takes traditional metalworking processes to a new level of skill and finesse with his contemporary art practice. The finished work transcends the technique and carries the viewer into a mysterious meta-physical world.

When faced with the questions about life and its origin, he started examining nature, with tree as a motif to decipher this formative process. “I have always been fascinated by the way the essence of organic forms is represented in traditional sculptures, especially in human form.” the sculptor quips. “I am interested in the process of the transformation of form that takes place gradually and continuously. One form gives way to another. It’s an evolution from invisible to visible or vice-versa. It’s an endless cycle, with no starting or end point, which gets manifested in frozen moments in my varied sculptural forms.” The most striking aspect of the figuration of trees in his three-dimensional work is the harmony of material and technique, form and content.

Artist Anant Joshi looks to tackle themes, such as mass-scale migration, mediated images of bodies in collective social/political protest actions and cultural/economic processes, which tend to mark and define the quality of human life. n his drawings and paintings, the artist employs carefully selected toys. He breaks them apart, and paints over, to re-contextualize, involving a process of de-construction and subsequent re-construction within his own artistic space and context. When he unveiled a series of six large paintings in his first NY exhibition show ‘Kiss Me-Kill Me, Push Me-Pull Me’ at Talwar Gallery, this particular aspect of his work was amply illustrated by New York Times art critic Holland Cotter. The critic mentioned: “Asian cities are changing fast. They are going up and coming down at about equal frenzied speed. Urban culture - flooded with global goods and media - is changing too. Inevitably, such transformations have a big impact on art and are the subjects of work by him.”

On the other hand, Samit Das often opts to superimpose his thought processes on architectural structures, or vice versa, to depict spaces and architectural structures that oscillate between the pressing concerns of the present and facades of a glorious past. He elaborates: “It is not possible to limit the growth to existing boundaries, however inexorable it gets. As an artist, I try to find out how a new space is created within the stretched limits of an existing habitat, and to map the contours and extent of this growth." What he means by the context of the growth is the relationship of the city’s present to the times and its history and also the juxtaposition of architecture with modern structures. He views them through an artistic prism to create a captivating reflection.

The multi-faceted artist can handle various mediums and forms with élan. He takes into account the intrinsic demand of a composition to incorporate specific content and context as well as add depth to it. He explains: “Each work demands specific style and medium, whereas every medium offers inherent possibilities and challenges. My creations are a blend of philosophical reflection and aesthetic composition. They are not executed in isolation, contextually speaking. Each one has its own inherent appeal and originality in its presentation.”