Kaivalam - Forms of Yesterday & Today
Artworld showcases a wide range of Art and artefacts from the southern traditions and traces a fluid timeline between the traditional arts and crafts of South India and how the crafts traditions have influenced the contemporary language- the transition.
We showcase traditional bronzes,tanjore paintings,glass paintings,stone sculpture alongside contemporary sculpture,crafts and paintings and try to observe the connections…if any...
The observation is that the traditional forms of Art enjoy less freedom of expression as they are bound by rules/habits, which the contemporary artists have a freedom to break. That is atleast the condition with modern day craftsmen, like the ones you see in mahabalipuram, tanjore (bronze/tanjore paintings) and other local craftsmen in the south.
This raises a question?
Should the traditional craftsmen stick to their rigid traditions and churn out the same images repeatedly, however crafty and excellent they might be, or basing themselves on the tradition and skills should they be encouraged to break new ground and form... Should the contemporary artists revisit from time to time the deep rooted aesthetic principles and theories of the past and bring to life new interpretations rooted in traditions and values and contemporary...