by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
“Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother’s womb ~ Jean Arp or Hans Arp-German/ French Sculptor . (September 16th 1886-, 1886 –June 7th 1966)
“Numbed” –Exhibition on sculpture by Bandu Manamperi’s exhibition of sculptures is currently being held at the Theertha Red Dot Gallery in Pitakotte. The exhibition began on October 17th 2009, and it will end on November 9th 2009. The Theertha Red Dot Gallery is a contemporary-artist- run gallery, and first of its kind in Sri Lanka.
A series of exhibitions are lined up for Theertha Exhibition Season. Seven sculptures are displayed- named “Skin” and “Numbed”. They are elevated from the ground level, hung by the top of the heads with steel rods; the figures look frozen and rigid. He has used rubber and fibre to depict various situations of mankind. Bandu Manamperi uses variety of techniques to explain his thoughts.
He is a founding member of the Theertha International Association, a visual artists group based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has participated in several exhibitions held in Sri Lanka and abroad. His exhibition is absolutely an unusual experience in the Sri Lankan contemporary art scene.
Bandu Manamperi belongs to a generation of radically active young artists
He practices sculpture, installation and performance
He is considered one among three artists who could call themselves as “Performance Artists” in Sri Lanka
Skin I and Skin II
Numbed IV- Fibre
Various insects are used to depict how fear force humanbeings to go under cover
He has used string hopper mould to make this figure
Sensitive issues faced by the society reflect in his art
“We as humanbeings change according to our wishes like the light changes its colour very often” says Bandu Manamperi