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Watchlist Artist: T. Venkanna

Gallery Maskara is pleased to announce artist T. Venkanna’s fourth solo show at Gallery Maskara titled Pancha Mahabhuta (Five Great Elements). Gallery Maskara celebrates five years with the opening of this show. On this occasion we will also unveil a new space at the gallery.

The five elements are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Sky. It is believed that all of creation, including the human body, is made up of these five essential elements and that upon death, the human body dissolves into these elements, thereby balancing the cycle of nature. These five elements are also associated with the five senses, and act as the gross medium for the experience of sensations.

(text source: Gallery Maskara)

T. Venkanna, Pancha Mahabhuta (Earth), 2012 (Detail), Charcoal, ink, collage and dry pastel on rice paper pasted on canvas, 96 x 144 inches (244 x 366 cm); Courtesy of the artist & Gallery Maskara


More about T. Venkanna (b. 1980, Gajwel, India)

The predominant subject in T. Venkanna’s works is sexual imagination which questions and confronts the stereotypical ways in which sexuality is understood and defined.

“The sexual behavior of human beings is habituated by societal norms and conditions. I believe it is due to this, that sexual fantasy gains importance in a human being’s life and an individual achieves extreme pleasure out of this simple act of day-dreaming, wherein s/he escapes from the harsh realities of this world via an undisturbed and uninterrupted flight of imagination.”

“In this endeavor of mine, I also have been (re)presenting certain imageries/motifs taken from artists of yester years [like Hockney, Rousseau, Mondrian, etc.] as well as from specific forms of traditional art. The political and social contexts underlying these works are quite different when they were made. I re-present these imageries according to my idea, in the process critically evaluating the norms and terms that exist within contemporary society.”

(text source: Gallery Maskara)

Education:  M.F.A. printmaking from the Fine Arts Faculty, M.S. University, Baroda, India, 2006.  B.F.A. painting from J.N.T.U, Hyderabad, India (Gold Medal), 2004.

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[Image on top: T. Venkanna, Pancha Mahabhuta (Air) detail, 2012 , Charcoal, ink and dry pastel on rice paper pasted on canvas, 96 x 144 inches (244 x 366 cm); Courtesy of the artist & Gallery Maskara]

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/10/13

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