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Signposts of Creativity

Ashutosh Bhardwaj

By Piyush Daiya
Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi, 2010, pp. 204, Rs. 500.00


Among the many qualities of Piyush Daiyas book of conversation with artistAkhilesh, the most inspiring is his ability to efface his minutest traces from the text. The entire dialogue comes across as a selfrevelation by the artist, as if he conversed with himself in the darkness of a summer night, or standing against his canvas, and Piyush merely overheard him. He does give the artist absolute space. Still, he is not a Joycean narrator, paring his nails in a corner. Despite converting the questions into a tool for Akhileshs selfexploration, uncover the sentences and he will emerge as the guiding force, prompting the artist to unravel the soul of his canvas, weaving the meandering conversation into a narrative. The conversation, hence, epitomizes the gurushishya parampara of Indian mythologyan overzealous pupil engages the master in an engrossing enquiry. Piyush begins with the innate queryHow does the interplay of colours and canvas create a form Is it the passionate copulation of an artist with colours, or a violent act, or meditation performed in solitude Akhilesh responds: Yes, there is violence and it lies in aggressively bringing the colours into context it is mental, not physical. Wherever there is creation, there is violence. One colour indulges in violence on another, only then do they find a harmony.Rarely has conversation on art been so engrossing and overwhelming, exploding onto a wider horizon. Here you learn and locate the centrality of colours for an artist, that the dab of a hue on canvas is not a tool to create a figure or discover an abstraction, but a realization that in the kingdom of art, colours rule supreme. I never strive to construct shapes in a painting. I never endeavor to realize any form. I create a colour and a shape of that colour forms in the painting this is the innate condition of forms in a painting and it is possible that they are not found anywhere else, only here what you term as forms, Id rather call chromatic forms. As Akhilesh proposes and establishes his constitution of art, he bares before you a universe of pristine forms. Abstract artists face the perennial complaint of operating in an unreal world, a world that has no semblance to reality and exists, in an exclusivist manner, only for a select few. Akhilesh registers his protest. His universe is as tangible as could be. His abstractions discover ...

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