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Figuring in Figuring out: Sculptures in bronze by KS Radhakrishnan


February 29, 2024 - April 20, 2024    
12:00 am

This exhibition reflects eminent artist KS Radhakrishnan’s sculptural explorations in bronze, foregrounding his intimate understanding and re-imagining of the symbolic and deep empathy with the human experience. These works investigate the nature of our experience: liminal, ambiguous, fluid.

At the centre is the human body – desirous, aspiring, and reaching out, ascending/descending (as in his Ramp series), emerging/immersing (as in work around boats and waves), solid yet weightless and transcendent (as in the Freehold series). Always figuring in/figuring out.

Radhakrishnan is noted for the archetypal figures of Musui and Maiya, with whom he has worked for decades. Musui was based on a tribal Santhal boy from Santiniketan, while Maiya – Musui’s female counterpart – was sculpted from imagination. The two figures morph into various personas – Maiya can be a Santiniketan graduate or the saintly Ma Sarada, while Musui can be a rickshaw puller or an imp. The ‘Freehold’ Musuis and Maiyas simply float free from the limitations of gravity.

Radhakrishnan’s series of works created using tiny interconnected human figures emerged from the artist’s sympathetic observation of underprivileged migrants in cities struggling towards a better life. In many sculptures, these interlinked figures became an ephemeral expression of the smoke emerging from a pot, travellers on boats, or passing clouds… resonating with the artist’s childhood memories of Kerala.

Compassionately concerned with freedom, desire and vitality, Radhakrishnan’s works don’t make statements. Instead, they invite the viewers to participate in a dialogue between sculpture and life.


Archer Art Gallery, Sarvottam Nagar Society, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009