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A brochure for an exhibition of Murals and Collages by V.V. Ramani presented by Cork Industries at Sakshi Gallery from August 11 through 13, 1989

FROM A HUMBLE BEGINNING AS THE BARK OF A TREE, CORK (Quercus Suber) IS IN ATTENDANCE TRIUMPHANTLY AT SUMMIT-MEETINGS OF THE POWERFUL AND MIGHTY, WITH THE SAME UNOBTRUSIVENESS AS PROTECTING A VIAL OF MEDICINE OR COOKING OIL IN A SPARTAN HUTMENT. IT HAS ALSO REFUSED TO BUCKLE UNDER THE PRESSURE OF MARAUDING SYNTHETICS BY ITS FORMIDABLE QUALITIES WHICH CONJUNCTIVELY DEFY REPLACEABILITY. AT THIS STAGE IN OUR TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION IT HAS CONVINCED ITS DETRACTORS THAT IT IS UNDER NO THREAT OF EXTINCTION. HUMBLE CORK IS HERE TO STAY, SILENTLY.

BY AND LARGE, ITS USE IN ART IS ESSENTIALLY INCIPIENT, AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE EFFORTS OF ARTISTS LIKE RAMANI MAY FIND VERY ENTHUSIASTIC AND VIGOROUS FOLLOWING IN THE COMING TIMES.

ramesh gandhi