Here is another set of artwork dedicated to urban spaces. A log of wood is in the spotlight, surrounded with newspaper cuttings in the shape of humans. It represents trees, now a rarity in the urban metropolis where the greens are on a constant decline and their place is being taken by high-rise apartments. Sachin George Sebastian draws from his own journey from Kerala to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi and Jaipur in the exhibition “Metropolis & Cityplanners”.
On at Exhibit 320, the display, comprising nine works — five framed works and four paper installations — has the wooden log as one of the central pieces. Sebastian calls it Replacement. “It represents a monolithic building, and the trees that used to be there,” says the 27-year-old, adding, “I am in search of a reason why people are being attracted to the city. Even though it has a monstrous approach to people, it wears a beautiful outfit to attract everyone to live within.” The same theme is reflected in his paperworks — a medium that Sebastian is known for. The technique is called paper engineering — a combination of origami and kirigami. “The former is about creating shapes by folding paper in different ways, and the latter involves cutting and the use of glue,” notes Sebastian.
Among others is a large wall work depicting the fast-developing metropolis, growing in all directions. “It has a monstrous tail,” notes Sebastian. He moves to another artwork in wood, where the circular rings represent the trees that are chopped without consent. “Their place is being claimed by buildings,” says the graduate in communication design from National Institute of Design. The theme, he says, will continue to surface in his work. “It’s relevant and affects all of us,” he notes.
The exhibition at Exhibit 320, F-320, Lado Sarai, is on till November 10. Contact: 46130637.