This drawing based artwork titled Ontological Rhapsody 04 is from Artist Nikhil Purohit’s drawing series titled Ontological Rhapsody – a series of drawings that register idiosyncrasies observed of people. The people seen on the roads, railway platforms, bus stands, in small groups or large gatherings sighted in sections, busy in banal actions. These drawings made of fluid lines accumulate people in different poses, undraped – overlapping but devoid of an identity. The characters are obese, voluptuous; at times with absurd anatomy appearing cuddly and ignorant. These characters are suspended on the white void background separating each other due to the contours.
The drawn line points at the fact that they are not designed, but are occurrences of acquired habitual wrist movements that lead to figure formations. There are drawings with occasional instances of humor, dominance, authority projecting one character to be hegemonic by shape, size and poise. At times those dominating characters are reflective of the dogmatic acceptance of authority in the world we live in.
The title Ontological Rhapsody has an intuitive appropriation to the series of twenty-one odd artwork drawings combining a disciplined study with abstracted illustrations. The apparently random arrangement of figures presents the viewer with a variety of meaning-making within the scope of their perception.
Nikhil Purohit is a Contemporary Artist who’s art practice spans across mediums of painting, installation, and drawing. A key element of his practice involves him taking on the roles of a writer and researcher, delving into the premise of the archive, art-historical and otherwise. His artworks like drawings, paintings are available for purchase online in India on the art website Astanzi.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai -formerly Bombay- India.