R. Janarthanan

R. Janarthanan

Janarthanan's works explore the idea of the self both at the physical and metaphorical level. While conceptualizing a way to express this preoccupation, it struck him that the human body is not very different from a bird's nest. A nest is a place where a living creature stays similarly the human body contains the soul that gives sentience to the body. When I observed the form of the nest more closely I found further parallels with the human since both the nest and the human being are built up in layers; layers that are sometimes perceptible to the eyes and at other times not, since the nest/human begin to exist as an idea even before the idea takes a physical form. This idea of physical absence/presence fascinates him and he translates this concept into his work using the notion of a trace. With a BFA, in 2008 and an MFA, in 2010 from the Government College of Arts, Chennai, Janarthanan has received the Runner 'Emerging Artist of the Year Award 2015', Bestcollegeart, New Delhi. His select solo shows include 2013 'Nest', Art World Gallery, Chennai, 2009 'Care', Apparao Art Gallery, Chennai and New Delhi. His select group shows include 2016 'The Annual 2016', ARTS FOR ALL RESIDENCY, New Delhi, 2015 'Quest of Mind', Neuhaus Gallery, New Delhi, 2015 'The Emerging Collective', ArtDistrict X111, New Delhi, 2015 'Art Spotting V', Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi, 2015 'The Deep inside', Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, 2015 'NH 7 + 47:Southern Sojourn', Art Gallery, Dubai, 2015 'The Annual 2015', ARTS FOR ALL RESIDENCY, New Delhi, 2015 'Monochromes: Lustres: Metal', Apparao Galleries, Chennai, 2015 'The Art of Chess', India Art Fair, New Delhi, 2011 'Sign', Cholamandal Centre for Contemporary Art, Chennai, 2009 'Platform 15', Chitra Kala Parishath, Banglore, 2009 'Nirapirigai', Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.