Jan - Feb, 2020
Dec, 2019 - Jan, 2020
Let's say, there are different kinds of paintings. Some are created purely out of imagination, some are a kind of mixture of imagination and memory and some are symbolic etc. But there are very few paintings which are off course created out of a unique chemistry of imagination and memory but they are created in such a way that the space between the 'imaginary' and the memory has be traversed by the viewer with the help of his or her own imagination. Yogendra Tripathi's are of this unique class of paintings.
He lives far away from the chorus (and off course all kinds of pollutions!) of metropolis in a small steel city of Bhilai and does wonders on his canvas. I am trying to, only to a certain extent and with some slightly gross categorization, understand the nature of this magic.
Yogendra creates a space on his canvases between the forms that are found on the canvas (which are very close to but are not purely abstract) and the forms where he expects his viewers to reach. One might notice very faint lines on the hazy colored surfaces of his canvases. These lines are the remains of the memories which are wrapped in the clouds of subtly toned textures of imagination. Thus he proposes a colorful journey to his viewers: from the beautifully textured surfaces to the remains of forms hidden in the canvases. It is this journey within his canvases that becomes sources of experience of viewers. Here one goes from absolutely 'unknown' to perhaps potentially 'knowable' and in this way this journey within the canvases of Yogendra becomes the sojourn towards self awareness.