EXHIBITION "The Eternal Waiting" solo show of bronze sculptures by Elanchezhiyan Pichaikannu at Gallery Art Positive, F-213/B, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai > 4th to 25th February 2017
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Gallery Art Positive, a unit of Bajaj Capital Art House has been a prominent part of India Art Fair and has received outstanding response for its represented artists and shows. This time too, the show is fascinating for many reasons.
P. Elanchezhiyan has created 18 statues of bulls among other objects. At a time when the issue of Jallikkattu is widely debated around the country, these statues of bulls in various forms—sometimes striking a pose with Krishna and at others, ready for a Jallikkattu race-- provide a unique and interesting perspective. "The bronzes celebrate life, capturing the bull form in an array of movements: complex, acrobatic and graceful. They are a tribute to the animal, the love for it in our country and its relationship with the people,” Says Anu Bajaj Director of Gallery Art Positive.
“Of all the animals that are reared, ox, cows, buffaloes are the most important animals dedicated for basic requirements of man. We use ox for agriculture and cows and buffaloes for breeding purposes. Pongal, which is the most important festival of Tamil Nadu, is filled with vibrant dance and songs. The specialty of this festival is the bull fight. There isn't anyone who is not awe struck and scared by the magnificence of these bulls. I'm one among them. The real meaning of Jallikkattu is 'holding the bull", it is part of culture. People have made it into a cruel act but now, the government has to make sure it is practised without making it vicious ” says P. Elanchezhiyan.
Most of his sculptures are based on the images of bull. The artist is drawn to its aesthetics and the structure. Some of the sculptures are made of forged sculptures of various Gods and Goddesses.
“I could feel the intensity because I come from an agrarian family. We treat bulls as a part of the family and even worship them. The prime example is the Nandhi statue that is seen in every Shiva temple. We can also find the images of cow and bull in many cave paintings and in folklore. It gives me immense joy in sculpting the bulls as per my imaginations. It reminds me of the all the memories I had with the bulls,” he adds.
About the Artist : Born in 1980 in Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, Elanchiyazan is inspired by gender equality with its political and social significance. His series on "Kalahari" expresses this idea in which female forms engage in an otherwise male sport. His de - waxed techniques enhances the textural details in his figures.
He did his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from the Govt. College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, after which he completed hisM Phil) in Sculpture in 2009-2010 from the Tamil University, Thanjavur.
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EXHIBITION "The Eternal Waiting" solo show of bronze sculptures by Elanchezhiyan Pichaikannu at Gallery Art Positive, F-213/B, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai > 4th to 25th February 2017 Reviewed by Rohit Malik on 17:09 Rating: