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April 11, 2016

Exploring Visual Allegories With Dilip Ranade

Text by Huzan Tata

The artist uses imagery as a form of expression in his latest show

“One encounters undercurrents of eerie and surreal atmospheres in his works or at times, a satirical twist to a simple everyday incident…. Although the images are explicit, the content is ambiguous and abstract,”  says artist Madhav Imaratey about Dilip Ranade’s creations. In his current show, Visual Allegories: Poetics of Destabilization, Ranade searches for idiosyncrasies in the mundane, and expresses them through his paintings. This one’s as quirky as they get.

5 Questions with the artist, Dilip Ranade

  1. Artistic Motivations “To prompt viewers to think and imagine by means of an art work and reveal disparities of life which everyone encounters.”
  2. Inspirations “My job at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya as an artist and modeller in the Natural History Section was a great source of inspiration. The Theatre of the Absurd has had a great impact on my work, particularly the concept of tableau. Similarly, the fiction of Czech author Franz Kafka and artists like Max Ernst and Rene Magritte have provided a springboard to probe deeper into the self.”
  3. On the wall at home “VS Gaitonde, Prabhakar Barwe.”
  4. Concerns that find a place in your art “Art needs to turn its attention to the human predicament and efforts should be made to enhance creativity and imagination, which facilitate us to transcend beyond the deceptive appearance of the world. My efforts are to unveil this fact and give insight into the essence of human existence.”
  5. If not an artist, you would be… “A musician or a physicist.”

Visual Allegories: Poetics of Destabilization is on display at The Guild, Alibaug (1028, Ranjanpada, Next to Sai Mandir, Mandwa Alibaug Road) until April 15, 2016.

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