Dot, Dash, Line and its Narrative is an exhibition that aims to establish the seminal role played by drawing in the artistic and creative processes within the contemporary milieu. As an art form it has taken different shape and character today. Drawing is no longer perceived to be in black and white. Each artist in the show has given a different interpretation from pure line drawings in pencil and ink to painted lines that vary in its thickness, through the tool of brush and paint exclusively. Hence the exclusive idea of a drawing show is to bring to centre stage the varied possibilities of evolving drawings through different mediums and language that could be figurative or abstract. The crux of the idea is to make use of any of the elements individually as the dot or dash or line or in combination to create a narrative that could be premised on the artists own emotional journey or could be thematic as the dynamism of city life. Through engagement with line and its different dimensions, all the artists have established their narratives that are not only interesting but equally dynamic and daunting. The line has become descriptive, emotional and sentimental, nostalgic, ruminating, gestated, poetic and subliminal marking the process of the journey for each.
The artists represented in the exhibition are veterans and seminal artists of Madras Modern as D. Venkatapathy, S.G. Vasudev, R.B. Bhaskaran and
RM. Palaniappan, together with artists Anjani Reddy, P.G. Dinesh, Avinash Karn, Sivabalan, Parvathi Nayar , Mark Rathinraj and Vijay Pichumani
MS ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT PH.D.
Art Historian, Critic and Independent Curator
Former Head and Associate Professor
Department of Fine Arts
Stella Maris College [Autonomous]