Art series: “Odyssey”
Artist : Manohar Chiluveru
collaborative Curator : Lina Vincent Sunish
Odyssey is a series of art works by Manohar Chiluveru, envisioned as a project that will travel to 24 art capital cities around the globe. It is planned as a long term project that will result in the production of 24 large canvases, envisaged as a metaphorical suggestion of 360 degrees of separation or continuity. The artist has begun on the first of these canvas works, sized 12 x 30 feet, in Hyderabad. The other canvases will be developed in the next 23 cities in collaboration with local artists. Realised during a structured travel plan, the artist will interact and create the canvases that are also a referral to 24 frames; which is a narrative and metaphor for motion and moving. The extended project also includes the public performative and collaborative event "The Race" involving diverse sections of people in general and creative people in particular.
Manohar Chiluveru’s opinion is that "Knowledge and creativity has to move and circulate in society in the way blood circulates in the body, otherwise we and society will be lifeless”.
While traveling with the works through 24 locations, the artist will focus on meeting and building networks with creative professionals, artists, curators, policy makers, leaders, and others, all the while documenting places, art works, and recording interviews with cultural producers and professionals in the field. The context of the research will be directed towards "What Art Can do" in cultural, social and environmental spaces of study, particularly considering platforms like Biennales and Fairs and their meaning to those connected with art in direct and indirect ways.
The making of this series of canvases and public performances will be published as a comprehensive volume. Through the 24 canvases, the artist will explore acts of creativity in the context of geographies, histories, social issues and also simply as a pure act of artistic expression in reaction and response to the experiences that artist will came across.
As part of the International Travel Art Project “Odyssey”, Kriya-ACT is a live art event designed to break the barriers between artist and non-artist, and define new spaces for creative dialogue. The inhibitions, misconceptions and social presumptions associated with art and artists are many. There is an unnecessary consciousness that art belongs only to a few.
There is in fact an artist inside each of us, regardless that some choose to pursue it professionally and others leave it dormant. Touching ones innate creative instinct can be a natural and simple act, free of expectations, notions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, matters of pride and prejudice and valuations according to commerce. It is about allowing yourself to become the medium for the intuitive joy of making something – with your hands and your emotions.
It is the very ACT that opens up avenues – the act of throwing colours on a blank canvas, the ACT of smearing pigments with your fingertips, the free movement of a brush or pencil over an untouched surface. The action itself leads to a work of art and turns expression and feeling into something percievable.
Manohar Chiluveru’s interactive project Kriya-ACT stems from the idea to evoke every viewer’s creative instinct by inviting them to perform the act of painting with him, to engage with the making of visual culture both practically and conceptually.
Manohar Chiluveru is an artist and sculptor who has often worked in monumental scale, and realising projects that are deeply connected to engagement with human conflict and the search for positive action. In the past, Manohar has worked in El Bruc near Barcelona in 2007-8 where human figures wrapped in aluminium foil recreates an unusual environment with reference to how humans are becoming less humans and more like robots.