Works

2014 – 15

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“Near the Banks”, Acrylic on canvas, 9 panels 1’/1′ .

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“Fungi on Tree”, Acrylic on canvas, 24/18 inches.

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Pencil on paper, 12/8inches, 2014

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Near Mekedatu, Pencil on paper, 12/8inches, 2015

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Pen on paper, 5/4 inches, 2014

2012-13 “Journey with the River kaveri”.

Journey with the River Cauvery

This is a narrative Video of the journey taken by Cauvery to reach Bay of Bengal, me as her fellow traveler. Through the journey, I am exploring my relationship with the river and using my body to navigate the waters and the banks until it reaches the Bay of Bengal literally going with the flow. Whatever I found, and felt interesting I recorded. The images travel through traditional spaces of worship, areas of contamination, rituals of bathing, washing and other human activity connected with the river. This poetic and spontaneous journey through the landscape has references to my earlier site- specific installations and interventions in landscapes using organic materials.
I am passionate about this river because I belong to Kodagu, the place where the river originates. Perhaps my distance from it,  because I live far away in Bangalore, causes me to miss it all the more and even idolize it in my memory. In India most of the rivers are named after women and worshipped. In Kodagu River Cauvery is being worshiped by the natives as ‘Kuladevatha’- Family Diety.’
River Kannika is on the other side of Brahmagiri hills from where the Cauvery originates. Once Kannika’s waters mingle  with Cauvery she loses her identity. The river continues just as Cauvery, no further acknowledgement of the confluence.
I originally wondered why Cauvery does not flow as river Kannika instead. The main source of Cauvery has been transformed as a manmade??  Rectangular tank called “Kundike”. The water gushed from here visibly, then vanishes into the mountain and surfaces at the bottom, in Bhagamandala.
Kakkabe is a beautiful place, it must have got that name because of the river Kakkabbe which originates there and joins the Cauvery, losing its name and identity thereafter. This is where I was struck by the realization, the River was becoming bigger and bigger because of the tributaries adding to her might. Kannika+ Sujjothe+  Kakkabbe+  Harangi {Hattihole} + Hemavathi+ Laxmantheertha +Lokapavani+ Kabine+  Shimsha+ Arkavathi (in Karnataka)+ Lokapavani+ Bhavani+ Noyyal and Amaravathy (in Tamilnadu) join River Cauvery with their tributaries losing their individuality in the process.  The River calmly continues the journey as Cauvery, getting all the name and fame like a celebrity.
It was a misty day when I was in Coorg the first day of the journey;  an early morning in November in the cool haze in her presence gave me an experience close to ecstasy and wonder. Conversely, it was a very warm culminating day on the Poompuhar coast in November….. Just felt happy being there, every moment of the way. The idea behind this whole journey, was not the most important thing; it was the process that mattered. Sometimes you set out or plan to do something and end up with a different view, experience, and the whole concept changes. Such is the power of Cauvery, I realized.

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Cauvery+Tributaries”, Acrylic on canvas, 16 panels-12/16inches each.

“Journey with the River Cauvery – Video stills.

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2011 – Residency in Theertha Artists Collective , Colombo- Srilanka

Residency in Theertha Artists Collective , Colombo- Srilanka

 

Short Video-8.26 minutes, 2011.
Galle Face is a place on the beach where people gather in the evenings with their family friends, loved ones and enjoy the beauty of the sea, watch sunset, play beautiful kites with kaleidoscopic brilliance. Sharp at 6pm Army Men- very religiously lower the flag of Srilanka showing respect to the Soldiers – people who lost their life for nation. Being an outsider it was like watching two contrast things happen at the same time- Where people propose to co-exist with the contrast situation.
I have juxtaposed 2 different visuals of the same palace trying to correspond between the qualities and energies of that place and evoke the same within.
Bhavani G.S.
www.bhavanigs.com

2009 – Residency at 1shanthiroad Studio/Gallery, Bangalore.

“Textures of Forest and city “
Short Video-8.26 minutes, 2009.
Now living in a big city [Bangalore] its like Metaphors of journey connecting two contrast lives “Allegories”. 

Probably because of the circumstances I came across. In this video I use my body to negotiate two contrast places,

its textures, sounds, colors and feel of the environment on the whole. I live and re-live in both areas.

2004 – “At the Crossroads” – 2004 Solo show at Gallery 1, Chitrakala Parishat , Bangalore.

“At the Crossroads” – 2004 Solo show at Gallery 1, Chitrakala Parishat , Bangalore.

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Drawing mounted on packing material, 20 /22 inches, 2004.

 

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Oil colour on Packing Material, 12/15inches,2004

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Water colour on packing material, 20/12 inches, 2004.

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Water colour on Paper, 12/14 inches, 2003.

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“Red Leaf” Acrylic on canvas, 14/12 inches, 2003.

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“Path” Acrylic on cloth,22/18inches,2003.

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“Bridge”, Oil on canvas, 60/36 inches, 2003.

2000 – “A Tangent for Nostalgia” Chithrakala parishath, Gallery 1, Bangalore.

“A Tangent For Nostalgia” Solo Show at Gallery 1, Chitrakala Parishat – , Bangalore.

Being born and brought up in the midst of Coffee Estate in a small town of Somwarpet in North Coorg district.

 I spent most of my spare time out of the house. Being near the small river-let, watching mountains for hours,

being on trees, watching birds, insects- their sounds, snakes, collecting snake skins, chasing butterflies,

trekking in the paddy fields, getting intoxicated with the smells , feel, textures….

My work got influenced with these memorable lost Nostalgia’s.  My works are related to my childhood.

It was like taking a nostalgia-filled amble into the sepia-tinted memories of my childhood.  These works are

personal and symbolic, comprising of interiors and nature outside – Textures from life and nature:

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“Somwarpet 5kms”, Oil on Canvas, 2000.

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“Poinsettia”, Oil on canvas, 24/30inches,2000.

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“Coffee Berries”, Oil on Board, 18/24inches,2000.

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 “Gate”, Oil on Canvas, 60/72inches,2000

All works private collection.