September 26, 2009
The sacred, is an eternal value pursued by artists since the dawn of civilization. Nature has been the source of inspiration, the source of mystery bordering on the divine. Rhapsody in Abstraction is a similar pursuit. The camera vision projects the familiar from an unfamiliar angle to reveal an unknown entity.
the photograph of a water-drop. At one level it tells the story of a droplet,
or any tiny creation with its innumerable parallels. In the process it
acquires a symbolic dimension. It is the reflection captured in a split
second that creates the magic giving a divine facet. Its transparence reflects
a mystery! The realistic acquires shades of the poetic and philosophic
truths. The dark backdrop enhances its mystery while the colorfully designed
edges make it a beautiful composition.
The sound of universe is a sequence that juxtaposes heard and unheard melodies, nature and art. The rhythm of falling water drops and the chiming of the bell resonate in your mindscape with music known and unknown.
Ripple Abstract rivals an abstract-painting. Here the fleeting movement is captured to make an everlasting still. You have watched ripples ever since you were a child. Watching ripples brings back the childhood in you. But here it gives a twist to your sensibilities. The composition is an awe inspiring piece of work that gives a peep unto the unknown. It carries the depth of sea, its whirlpools, storms, and all its mysteries.
Evening Rhapsody is a sequence of four shots arranged to create a symphony. The play of receding evening light on the grass in a splash of red and gold, the sprinkling of green and gold as the light dances on a field, are notes that set vibrations in solitude.
The Bird Sequence is a different piece juxtaposing the bird and its relation to humans. Birds bring solace and beauty. Artists have honored the bird. But cruelty knows no bounds. Humans have caged her. The piece voices environmental concerns. The show is a marvel. Artistic substance, painterly execution, philosophic suggestions, and technical progress fall in line to create a cumulative effect that enriches aesthetic experience. Done in pigment ink on archival cotton rag paper, the pictures have a singular appearance. Somewhere you want more of them. You can view the exhibition online at www.caithanya-artgallery.com all through September.
"Individual photographs are meticulously combined to make them a composite visual text having meaningful montages of 'Seeing vision'," commented Vijayakumar Menon, the noted art-critic of Kerala.
As a person,
Unnikrishnan Pulikkal is a happy combination of both science and art. He
is a practicing pediatrician and a nature photographer, who has travelled
all the way from pencil drawing, oil painting to fine art photography.
He has won recognition for his tireless pursuit of excellence. He is a
Member and Associate of The Royal Photographic Society UK, Member of National
Geographic Society USA, and the founder director of The Butterfly Art Foundation
India. His award winning works have been exhibited around the nation. No
doubt the artist is helping to establish the relatively unknown genre,
fine art photography in India.