Printed on chrome steel and paper, George Ok’s images of Southern temples, Madras Central Jail and Kashmir paint a dreamy panorama of previous, current and existentialism

Printed on chrome steel and paper, George Ok’s images of Southern temples, Madras Central Jail and Kashmir paint a dreamy panorama of previous, current and existentialism

George Ok is the inventive pseudonym of financier-turned-multimedia artist Dilip Kuruvilla. Having labored in portray and sculpture, with a number of profitable exhibitions to his credit score, he has now turned to images.

As you enter the leafy environs of the Apparao Galleries, a small doorway opens to the present divided into three collection, the primary two rooms are a group of photos the place the photographer has been impressed by a go to to a Southern temple city the place there’s a convention of providing statues of oneself with goals and guarantees to the lord of the temple.

I Have A Dream is the gathering’s inspirational title, used by Martin Luther King and impressed by Gandhi; over time this line has been an inspiration for equality in some ways.

The photos are in gray, black and white on chrome steel in addition to on photographic paper. Row after row of densely packed statutes, some fallen, others in disarray and leaning over one another within the undergrowth, the feel of the photographs performs with the sunshine on the chrome steel surfaces.

More than phrases

Many of the images have texts from the poem written by George. The 72-year-old artist has touched up little particulars like bindis, and tilaks on the forheads and painted the eyes. Suddenly the statues come alive, one another. An older woman is a youthful couple, and a gentleman is one other good friend; each pondering their ideas and dreaming their goals.

George says, “For me images is a darshan, it’s following the attention into reminiscence; of a seen picture, which establishes my place on the earth. The means I see is affected by what I know or what I imagine as we solely see what we have a look at. To look is an act of selection. However, we by no means have a look at just one factor. Our imaginative and prescient is repeatedly lively, shifting, evaluating photos round us. The eye of the opposite combines with my very own eye to bolster that I am part of that seen world. My picture in reminiscence is thru the method of darshan.”

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| Photo Credit: Ravindran_R

Song Sung Blue is a collection of images impressed by George’s go to to Kashmir in 2006, a time of unrest within the Valley. Dabbed with acrylic colors —cobalt blue, neon orange and deep crimson — the collection brings a way of hope and color to a darkish state of affairs.

Images of empty houses, concertina wires, collapsed home windows and roofs remind us of grief and loss. The distinctive wood structure of Kashmir, burnt constructions, and uninhabited areas are a reminderof the horrors of historical past.

Elaborating on this mission, George says, “The poignancy of the Kashmiri structure ravaged by destruction, stable, spectacular, silent sentinels, is testimony to the current historical past of the area.”

Freedom Calls series

Freedom Calls collection

Freedom Calls is the final collection of images that includes Madras Central Jail, one in all our oldest prisons began within the yr 1837 throughout British rule and renamed Central Jail in 1855 from being referred to as the Madras Penitentiary.

The Madras Central Jail housed many freedom fighters through the early years of the Independence motion, together with Subhash Chandra Bose and Vir Savarkar. Its different inmates embrace Dravidian icons CN Annadurai, Mu Karunanidhi and J Jayalalitha.

Often, the jail labored as a transition place for individuals being transported to the Cellular Jail or ‘Kalapani’ within the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Freedom Calls series

Freedom Calls collection

The jail was residence to the notorious Auto Shankar in addition to the chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), V Prabhakaran. Large images on chrome steel, these photos are overlaid with photos. Light creates a sure two-dimensionality, whether or not it’s streaming by way of the home windows or jail bars, feeding ushope.

This constructing has now been demolished, however the visuals within the present remind us what it means to be trapped. Are we jailed by our ideas or can we reside a free life?

Commenting on the collection, George says, “The focus is on gentle and the drama created by its shadows. The underlying expression and relationships are hope, the spirit of freedom and the human need to be free. The work is on chrome steel and is strains in a grid. It is about freedom from the existential sample of life.”

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George. Ok
| Photo Credit: Ravindran_R

Three fully disconnected visible themes permit us to be impressed,confront, and be hopeful in the way in which we have interaction with the world. Herein lies the ability of the photographer and the curation. As a remaining remark, George leaves me with this thought on magnificence, “I attempt to depict magnificence by way of altered images, work and sculptures in kind and non-form, sensual to non secular. I attempt to pierce the facade and unmask the wonder beneath the picture. It is a journey within the discovery of the self.”

On until September 3 on the Apparao Galleries, Nungambakkam.

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