Product designer Kalyan Rathore’s metal sculptures and murals are an aesthete’s delight as well as a child’s!
Consider an upright T-rex standing tall or a larger-than-life red, black and yellow ant crawling up a tree. Or a ballerina. To paraphrase William Blake’s Tiger Tiger, “He who makes the ballerina makes the T-rex.” Says sculptor Kalyan Rathore, “I like variety. It gives me a broad platform to express myself with different types of shapes and mediums such as paper,metal and sometimes also acrylic sheets. Most of my works have “skins” in sheet- metal and the basic structures are made of rods.” Though most of his creations are images of animals, some of his works also show abstract flow of energy. A lot of Kalyan’s work is inspired by Nature and can be easily displayed on natural elements like trees.
Kalyan has also been passionate about painting and sculpting and his love for Physics and Geometry led him to get a degree in Product Design, specializing in Industrial Design. After completing his training, he went on to design various products, from contemporary furniture to bio-mechanical equipment, until he hit the creative plateau about seven years ago. He then returned to his passion of following the dictates of his heart. Kalyan loves animals and is inspired by the Darwinian theory of evolution and bio-mechanical movements.
There’s a lot of geometry in Kalyan’s sculptures and he predominantly uses steel sheets to achieve form, and plays around with various materials. Sometimes he buffs the sculptures to give them a mirror finish and at other times, paints them for a more realistic look. The images that he sculpts are what he wants to see in his surroundings — birds and animals that he sees on a walk or rare species that inexplicably invade urban spaces. When asked what he
tries to convey through his work,the sculptor says, “I am trying to bridge the invisible gap between our two most important senses — sight and touch. When you look at my work it has a 3D feel to it. My work is not just about the visuals but it is about textured visuals, layers of hidden dimensions that give my work depth and bring to the surface a deeper view to my design background.”
Kalyan’s latest project is his 10th exhibition titled “Evocables,” a word he’s coined to mean ‘things that bring out thoughts.’ With this exhibition, the sculptor wants to showcase steel as a light and soft medium contrary to common perception. One interesting piece of work here is a tiny bull put together by two simple profiles cut out of mild steel. It’s a show-stopper and a favourite of Kalyan’s. The sculptor says the bull signifies innocence, and despite being a powerful animal, man has, through the ages, attempted to subdue its power. It’s this tug and pull of the bull’s power and latent innocence that fascinates the artist.
To borrow from Blake again, it is his hand and eye which frame the fearful symmetry of the bull, the delicate contours of the ant and on the wings of his limitless imagination, do birds take flight.