The third anniversary of 'Aakriti' to mark the beginning of fourth year of the gallery is being celebrated in October 2008. On this occasion like the previous two years an exhibition of the works of young talents throughout the country and abroad titled 'GenNext III' is being held. Like the previous year this year too we take this occasion to look back at the activities of 'Aakriti' in the context of art scenario of Kolkata.
The art field of Kolkata is growing constantly. Spread of art galleries is a mark of that progress. Last year we could mention active presence of 33 galleries. Some new ones have come up during the last one-year. These new galleries and a few not mentioned in the write up of the last year are: Anant Art Gallery, Gallery with a Difference, Ganges, The Address, Bose Pacia, Yapan Chitra, Weavers Studio, The gallery of Emami Chisel Art at Emami Tower, Rabindranath Tagore Centre at ICCR, Tejas Art Gallery, Gallery Karma, Art Folio, Art Line, Masters Collection Art Gallery, The Halo Heritage Gallery, Sunil Art Gallery, Domus Art Gallery, Gallery Strokes, Gallery Arti Visual and Photographers' Gallery. All together there are now 53 art galleries at Kolkata. The galleries of Emami Chisel and ICCR are likely to fulfill the long standing void of the absence of international standard exhibition space in Kolkata.
Before coming to the activities of 'Aakriti' we will make a short survey of the important exhibitions held at Kolkata during last one year.
To celebrate 88th birth day of Paritosh Sen Gallery 88 hosted an exhibition of the master featuring 88 of his paintings. It started in last week of September 2007 and continued till October 15. Artspace India of 7 Deodar Street presented recent paintings of Sukanta Basu till October 9. This senior artist coming to lime light during 1960-s is well known as an art restorer also. He was one of the pioneers of the sixties to work consistently on abstract painting. We could see how absorbing was his transformation of nature towards abstraction. Along with this abstract show Kolkata could enjoy recent developments in abstraction in other three exhibitions held simultaneously. Ganges Art Gallery presented till October 15 abstract works by 13 painters from all over India titled 'Surface and Texture'. The artists were Kishore Shinde, Dattatreya Apte, Mona Rai, Rooshika Patel, Manjari Chakraborty, Mekhla Bahl, Mithu Sen, Ranjit Raman, Neha Turakia, Shobha Broota, Yashwant Deshmukh, Yogesh Rawal and Tapati Chowdhury. Seagull Art and Media Resource Center presented works of a young artist from Chennai, Jacob Jebaraj. Within the abstract textures Jebaraj presented subtle fragments of figurative forms to make the abstraction vibrant. These three shows along with the fourth one at Mon Art Gallery titled 'Three Amigos' by the trio from Goa: Deviprasad C Rao, Suhas Shilkar and Swati Nair presented multiple views of contemporary abstractions. Genesis Art Gallery presented from October 1 to 7 an exhibition of traditional Rajasthani phad paintings. Phad art is the depiction of the valour of folk deities and heroes done on cloth. Till October 12 Gandhara Gallery presented solo of the young and promising painter Kazi Nasir. Till October 17 Gallery Yapanchitra presented Written Images, a solo by Hiran Mitra. Birla Academy presented from last week of September till October 14 an exhibition titled Vyakta-Avyakta, featuring West Zone Artists' Painted Realisations. To celebrate autumn festival CIMA presented Art In Life till October 17 featuring exquisite collection of tribal painting, bronzes and terracotta along with other items of decorative art.
One of the most important shows of November was Paula Sengupta's installation project 'No. 8, Short Bazar/Short Street' held at Akar Prakar gallery till November 10. Here Paula tried to recreate the history of a bygone era with special focus on the domestic periphery and the feminine gaze based on a particular location. Nanak Ganguly curated an exhibition at Samakal Gallery titled 'Crosscurrents, Crosstalk: The Politics of Location' featuring paintings of Anita Chakraborty, Krishnapriyo Dasgupta, Kayas Saha, Robin Roy, Partha Roy Tom, Rajarshi Chatterjee, Siddhartha Ghosh, Nabonita Chakraborty, Santanu mitra, Sanjoy Bose, Soumitra Sengupta, Sukumar Bhattacharjee, Tanmoy Biswas, Tanmay Santra and Timir Brahma. Gallery 88 presented till November 17 paperworks by Anupam Chakraborty titled 'Layers'. These were not images painted on paper as support. Chakraborty converted the craft of paper making into a unique art form. Weavers Studio hosted its inaugural show 'Colour in Crystal', an exhibition of hand blown glass works by Srila Mukherjee. It continued till November 9. Gallery K2 presented till November 30 abstracted landscapes of Banaras by Tapas Ghosal. Abstracted nature was also the theme of Sohini Dhar in her solo at Gallery Kanishka titled 'Nature: Vision Vivified'. Nature was presented in all its glory and engaging subtle beauty in the works of the celebrated artist Gopal Ghosh at Ganges Art Gallery, which continued till November 30. 'Unwanted' was the title of the abstracted landscapes of Ganesh Haloi at Gallery Sanskriti that continued till December 8. In his water colours titled 'Chariot of Civilisation' at Birla Academy Pradip Moitra painted the nostalgic images of vigorous locomotive steam engines, which are on the verge of extinction. Gandhara Gallery presented 'Fire Some Where', a solo exhibition of water colour and collages by Amritah Sen. The members of the renowned group Calcutta Painters presented their drawings at Academy of Fine Arts and paintings at Mon Art Gallery. Annual show of Painters Orchestra was held at Academy of Fine Arts. Akar Prakar presented their annual show 'Synchrome 4'.
On 6 December 1992 Babri Mosque of Ayodhya was demolished. To condole on 15th anniversary of that sad incident Samakal Gallery mounted an exhibition of paintings and sculptures from 6 to 20 December titled 'Art Addressing Violence' to have a glimpse of how contemporary artists response to such expressions of violence. Participating artists were Paritosh Sen, Shankar Ghosh, Jogen Chowdhury, Partha Pratim Deb, Tapan Ghosh, Shubhaprasanna, Janak Jhankar Narjary, Arunima Chowdhury, Parag Roy, Partha Dasgupta, Prasun Ghosh, Anindya Pandit, Eleena Banik, Jayanta Roy, Nantu Behari Das and Sumana Ghosh. Throughout December (till 29) CIMA mounted an exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs by Paresh Maity. Lalit Kala Akademi hosted 'Confluence', a regional Kala Mela, where different groups of artists from West Bengal and north-east India participated. Gallery Kolkata presented till December 12 'Flow Freeze Focus', an exhibition of paintings by Prasanta Sahu, Birendra Pani, Pampa Panwar, Pratul Dash and Sajal Sarkar. 'Drops of Silence' was the title of an exhibition of paintings by Suhas Roy at Akar Prakar till 24th and 'Last Santuary' that of Vasudevan Akkitham at Ganges till January 2. Water colours of Badri Narayan were shown at Mon from December 17 to January 7. Finnish painter Soile YliMayry was presented by Sanskriti till 22. Gallery 88 presented 'Pursuit Sculpture', the products of a sculpture workshop till 29. Participating artists were Adip Dutta, Alex Mathew, Biman Bihari Das, Goutam Paul, K. Laxma Goud, NN Rimzon, Nagji Patel, PS Ladi, PR Daroz, Partha Pratim Deb, Rajendra Tikku, Shyamal Roy, Thomas John Kovoor and Valsan koorma Kolleri. Anant Gallery presented till January 4 abstract paintings of Jeram Patel and Amitava. Gallery Kolkata hosted a solo show of Kartick Chandra Pyne till January 5. The young painter Ritwij Bhowmik presented his first solo show at Birla Academy from 25 to 30 December. But above all December was glorious with a grand show of the celebrated artist-scholar-teacher KG Subramanyan at Seagull. Titled 'The Magic of Making' this show enthralled the city from 5 December to 5 January.
The most important show of January 2008 was 'Ramkinkar in focus Through the eyes of Devi Prasad' at Anant Gallery till 31. It was curated by Naman P. Ahuja. Devi Prasad was disciple of Ramkinkar at Kala-Bhavana, Santiniketan. He documented through photographs all most all the works of the master. Some of these photographs and a few original paintings showcased in this well documented exhibition could reveal the greatness of the artist. Another photography show also attracted attention. Bose Pacia presented 'Ladies of Calcutta' an exhibition of photographs by Dayanita Singh. Birla Academy's 41st annual exhibition from 9 to 31 focused like other years on the general trend of the art activity going on in this region. Chitrakoot hosted a show Kishore Chatterjee's recent paintings. Gallery 88 presented 'Citing the City', an exhibition of recent paintings of renowned Mumbai-based artist Sudhir Patwardhan. His naturalistic works based on the city of Mumbai reveals the tragic reality of contemporary life. Sharmila Roy's graphic paintings and drawings titled 'The Pastoral Two' were exhibited at Artspace India. A contemplative sobriety was the essence of her works showing life in nature. To celebrate sixty years of Indian independence CIMA presented a brilliant exhibition from January 18 to February 16 titled 'Freedom: Sixty Years After Indian Independence' featuring paintings and sculptures of renowned and upcoming artists. In the retrospective show of Lalu Prasad Shaw at Sanskriti his early works on graphic prints proved his great talent. Siddhartha and Shibani Sengupta presented their paintings at Academy of Fine Arts from 22 to 29.
One of the most intriguing exhibitions of February was 'Nature Symphonique' by Anju Chowdhury at Sanskriti. This Paris based Bengali artist has made important contribution in fine prints. This show consisted both of her paintings and prints. She took nature as a point of departure and recreated it in her own way to arrive at an abstract symphony. Kanvas Gallery mounted an enchanting show of expressionist paintings till 16 titled 'Figure in the Mind'. Participating artists were Aloke Sardar, Chayan Roy, Habibur Rahman, Prabhat Basu, Sandhyakar Kayal, Tapan Bhattacharya and Tarun Ghosh. Solo of paintings by Sekhar Kar was held at Yapan Chitra till 12. Ganges presented till 20 a solo show of Paris-based artist Shahabuddin Ahmed. 'Nihshabda' was the title of the show consisting of the abstract paintings by Siraj Saxena held at Anant till 27. 'In Search of the Abyss' was also the title of another abstract show by Manoj Kachangal held at Mon till 29. The young graphic artist Atanu Bhattacharya held his first solo of paintings titled 'Symphony' at the gallery of Society of Contemporary Artists till 22. Seagull presented till 23 the New York based painter NN Mohandas. Dhiraj Chowdhuty's paintings titled 'A New Fulfillment' were shown at Gallery K2 till March 2 at Gallery K2. Ranadip Mukherjee exhibited his paintings at Birla Academy from 21 to 26 under title 'Windows on the World'. A show curated by Prashanta Daw titled 'Art of Neo-Bengal School Today' was held at Samakal Gallery till March 2. Birla Academy sponsored a very sensitive show of paintings and sculptures titled 'The Art Spectrum' till March 4 featuring works of Sunil Kumar Pal, Ramananda Banerjee, Krishna Banerjee, Janak Jhankar Narzari, Biswarup Dutta, Nandadulal Mukherjee, Manas Roy, Pinaki Barua, Falguni Mukherjee, Ketaki Roy Chowdhury and Pankaj Panwar.
March started with an unusual poster exhibition at Seagull. Titled 'Poster Woman'. It was a collection of over 1200 posters highlighting crucial women's issues and problems that remain sadly relevant to this day. Zubaan, a New-Delhi based publishing house organized the show in association with seagull from 1 to 10 March. On March 3 four important shows started. Akar Prakar presented recent paintings of Eleena Banik till 15. Gandhara presented 'Gaze Within Gaze Without' featuring art works by eminent contemporary artists: Bose Krishnamachari, Chandra Bhattacharya, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Chhatrapati Dutta, Debraj Goswami, Jaya Ganguly, Rajarshi Biswas, Riyas Komu and Saajl Sarkar. It continued till 11. Gallery Sanskriti presented till 19 an exhibition titled 'Smile of the hearth' featuring enchanting beauty of life in the works by mother daughter pair Paris based artists Maite Delteil and Maya Burman. Weavers Studio hosted 'Quest For Life' featuring works of six young artists from Bangladesh. From 6 to 14 March Chitrakoot presented 'The Untamed', an exhibition of coloured paper works by Nikhil Biswas. Mon gallery presented 'Dimensions and Directions': works of contemporary Orissan artists from 7 to 31. Ramendra Nath Kastha presented his graphics at Laha Gallery from 10 to 17. Gallery K2 presented 'A Million Lines', an exhibition of drawings and installation by Partha Pratim Deb. It started in March and continued till April 5. Chitrakoot presented a fine exhibition of sculptures in bronze featuring works of Bipin Goswami, Shankar Ghosh, Niranjan Pradhan, Surojit Das, Tapas Sarkar, Bimal Kundu, Anil Sen, Somnath Chakraborty, Banamali B. Sharma, Ruma B. Sharma, Saurabh Majumder, Sudarshan Pal, Chinmoy Karmakar and Chandan Roy. CIMA presented paintings of Sumitro Basak titled 'On The Verge' from 19 March to 8 April. Akar Prakar hosted a retrospective show of paintings and graphics by Amitabha Banerjee from 19 March to 2 April. A book on the artist written by Manasij Mazumder was published on the first day of the exhibition. Jyoti Bhatt is an important artist of 1960-s from Baroda. He is a very sensitive photographer also. Through his camera he records the rich, often neglected heritage of our country. A set of such photographs taken between 1959 and 1994 were shown at Gallery Rasa till 30. Another show of photograph by Johann Rousselot titled 'India Shining, India crying A Tale of Contemporary India' was held at Bose Pacia till April 19. On March 31 an exhibition abstract paintings titled 'The butterfly Effect' started at Ganges Gallery featuring works of Kalicharan Gupta, Kazi Ghiasuddin, Kishor Shinde, Partha Shaw, Pradip Rakshit, Shambhavi Gattani, Sunil Das and Yusuf. It continued till April 22.
April was colourful primarily with three exhibitions: Somnath Hore at Seagull, drawings of Dilip Ranade at Gallery 88 and photographs of 'Chitpur Road and Its Neighbourhood' at CIMA. On 11 April, 87th birthday of Somnath Hore, Seagull launched a show of drawings done in different phases of his life. There were some early drawings and graphics of Tebhaga period. Other bunches of drawings of 1971 and 1981 were most exciting. There was only one bronze of 1997 done compassionately as a protest against Gujarat violence. Three isolated heads and a lone hand were placed together in a dim dark mysterious light. The chiaroscuro enhanced the tragic mystery. The show continued till May 25. Dilip Ranade is a Mumbai based artist. A collection of his 150 drawings was shown between 11 and 28 April. His mode of transformation of reality into fantasy was really exciting. It may be stated justly quoting from the write-up of the exhibition that 'His is a speculative and philosophically informed imagination, one that regards normality merely as a skin, which must be scalpelled away to expose the strangeness that lies beneath.' CIMA's show included the results of the Kolkata Heritage Photo Project executed in November 2006 by Peter Bialobrzeski and 21 of his students from University of Arts Bremen, Germany The mysterious amalgamation of past and present ingrained in visual reality of Kolkata was very meticulously represented in these photographs. Another important event was launch of a book 'Art Now A Glimpse: Collectors series I' at Emami Chisel Art containing paintings of ten artists. A show of their works was also held from 23 April to 7 May. The artists included were Partha Pratim Deb, Tapas Konar, Aditya Basak, Jayashree Chakravarty, Sekhar Roy, Amitabha Dhar, Chandra Bhattacharya, Chhatrapati Dutta, Sunil De and Samindranath Majumdar. A sculpture show of Manjushri Chakraborty and Some Kumar Deb at Academy of Fine Arts from 1 to 7 needs to be mentioned. The ceramics of Manjushri were really exciting. Recent works of Prasun Roy were presented at Mon till 10. Weavers Studio hosted a show of Paresh Hazra titled 'Medini Matir Kanna' till 11. Pranabranjan Roy curated a show at Gallery Kolkata on the theme 'Images of One's Self'. The watercolours of Sekhar Baran Karmakar at Gandhara indicated enormous possibility of this young talent from Santinikatan. A retrospective of Tarun Dey was held at Yapanchitra. Sanskriti presented 'The Street', an exhibition of paintings by Yusuf Arrakal. Three days' Signature Art Festival held at newly built Avani Signature Building of Park Street was an important event in the art environment of Kolkata. Various galleries and artists group joined it to make it jubilant and colourful.
Meera Mukherjee enthralled Kolkata during the month of May. Gallery 88 presented a show of her sculptures and drawings from 10 May to 7 June. The bronzes exhibited revealed how she approached towards building up a new indigenous identity in modernity of our sculpture. A set of 12 etchings by Suhas Roy was shown at Gallery Rasa till 23. Jayashree Chakravarty curated a show of installation, photograph and video art at Ganges Art Gallery. It started in May and continued till July 31. These sight specific executions were titled 'To All Whom It May Concern'. Participating artists were Jayashree herself, Aditya Basak, Chhatrapati data, Paula Sengupta, Sanjeet Chowdhury, Debnath Basu, Tapati Chowdhury and Adip Dutta. Most of the works had some social and political comments and were rebellious in nature. Summer show of CIMA opened on 21 May and continued till 5 July. With some senior artists it displayed works of many talented upcoming artists to highlight the present art trends. Summer show of Akar Prokar featured works of Suhas Roy, Samir Roy and Samit Dey. 'Exploring the Unexplored, Artists of 20th Century Bengal' was the title of annual show of Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture. It featured the works of the artists who despite their life long devotion were little known in the greater field of art. Works of some important woman artists made the exhibition significant.
During June art field slightly lacked lustre. Number of important shows starting in June was limited. Among them Samir Saha at Academy of Fine Arts from 17 to 23 attracted attention. Through structure and texture he transformed the external angst into introspective meditativeness in his powered pigment and printing ink executions. A tension between romantic agony and classical serenity positing a kind of tranquil beauty appeared to be the inner content of his paintings. Akar Prakar presented abstract paintings of Susmit Biswas till 17,and then during the rest of the month the gallery mounted 'Faces of Feminine Expressions from Bangladesh'. The artists included were Nazlee Laila Mansur , Nasreen Begum, Rokeya Sultana, Dilara Begum Jolly, Murshida Arzu Alpana, Kanak Champa Chakma, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Atia Islam Anne, Farida Zaman and Sulekha Chowdhury. Samakal Gallery hosted 36th group show of Painters '80. Participating artists were Alik Das, Amit Chakraborty, Amitava Dhar, Bhabatosh Sutar, Dipankar Dutta, Debashis Chakraborty, Pradosh Paul, Tarun Dey and Tanmoy Biswas. Shilpi Art Gallery presented paintings of Sumana Ghosh and Suman Dey from 20 to 30. Transparent water colours of Shyamal Sen and naturalist portraits and still lifes in acrylic by Chhanda Singh were shown at Gallery 79. Gallery K2 presented 'Art and Industry', an exhibition of works by artists from Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand.
July should be remembered for an exhibition of contemporary Italian artists titled 'Springs in White' at Nandalal Basu Gallery of ICCR from 2 to 15 July. All the twelve artists included in the show curated by Vittoria Biasi worked with painting, video installation and other conceptual renderings stressing on the colour white, as the curatorial note commented: 'The idea of white, extending the unrest of the avant-garde into the new millennium, continues to be the place of encounter among physical, psychological and virtual space rewritten in new languages.' The artists included were, Matteo Basile, Carlo Bernardini, Massimiliano Bomba, Casaluce-Geiger, Fabrizio Corneli, Andrea Granchi, Franco Ionda, Rita Mele, Dino Pedriali, Roberto Pietrosanti, Paolo Radi and Ivana Spinelli. 'Magic of Monochrome' was the title of another exhibition held at Gandhar from 5 to 18 on the theme of same white. It featured works in black and white by fourteen Indian artists. Emami Chisel Art sponsored 'Whispered Legacy', a retrospective of paintings and drawings by Abani Sen (1905-1972), one of the significant artists coming to lime light during 1930-s and 40-s, who was included in Calcutta Group in 1947. He is very little known at present. From that point of view this exhibition curated by Ina Puri was a very significant venture. Seagull hosted three separate photographic shows featuring works of Paris based Martin Franck, London based Tim Hall and Indian Swapan Nayak. The photographs were a kind of humanitarian reportage on the subaltern life. Anant Gallery presented 'Hybrid', an exhibition of paintings and sculptures of the young artist Rajesh Ram. The contradiction of local and global perspective of living in Indian context was the theme of his works. CIMA presented recent collages of Shakila from July 22 to August 16.
This was a glimpse of the art environment of Kolkata from October 2007 to July 2008. Within this context we may now look at the activities of Aakriti. The third year of the gallery started with the exhibition: 'GenNext II' from 2 to 15 October 2007 featuring paintings and sculptures of 40 young artists below the age of 40. Most of the works were beyond the contemporary conventional trends. The artists interpreted the world and life with new outlook and fresh sensibility. New interpretation of tradition and assimilating it with global ethos to arrive at a new identity was the essence of the show.
During November from 3 to 14 two solo shows were held simultaneously: painting of Sekhar Roy and sculpture of Niranjan Pradhan. Sekhar's paintings were basically naturalistic with post-cubistic distortions that analysed the predicament of man in this contemporary globalised socio-temporal reality. His continuous endeavor since the beginning of 1980-s to perfect his forms through intermingling of reality and fantasy has given rise to a very original mode of expression that was revealed in this 11th solo exposition of his works. Niranjan Pradhan's sculptures revealed the search for rhythmic harmony of life. He is always committed to nature and life, which are the source of his inspiration and storehouse of his creativity. He transforms these vitalistic elements into formal structures. Nature gets liberated into form. In the works presented in this show also he has gone beyond physical attributes of life and resurrected the vitalistic elements of nature towards pure beauty.
December (8 to 18) in Aakriti shined with a show on 'Indian Surrealism' curated by Prof. Sovon Som. 38 artists from all over India were invited to participate. The expressions of the artists revealed how fantasy got generated from reality to reveal its inner intrinsic dilemma. There were senior artists like Hemanta Misra (1917), Paritosh Sen (1918), Haku Shah (1934), Ratan Parimoo (1936) et al. and young artists like Swapan Kumar Mallick (1970), Partha Shaw (1971), Norman Tagore (1981), Ajay Kumar Sharma (1986). The concept of the show as revealed from the curator's note was: “According to the Indian psyche creation in art does not mean a copy of the external world, but an enrichment of the artistic image with the contributions of the mind that sees beyond physical reality and ushers in images which would have remained unseen but for art.” This vision beyond reality made the show enchanting.
From 27 February to 9 March two exhibitions continued simultaneously. One titled 'Diversified Fantasy' featured paintings of four artists: Katick Chandra Pyne, Amal Nath Chakladar, Partha Pratim Deb and Suchibrata Deb. They belong to more or less the same generation of 1960-s. Though there is some paradigmatic unity in their mode of expressions owing to their sojourn through the same socio-temporal field, yet each of them is obviously unique in their originality to create a very personal formal structure. There was another point of unity in their expressions. They transformed reality, distorted and disintegrated it towards fantasy. Various modes of such fantasy made the show revealing.
The second was titled 'Four Generations of Contemporary Sculpture'. The works of sixteen sculptors presented in the show brought out a brief outline of formal evolution of our contemporary sculpture from 1960-s to the present time. Fourteen sculptors were from Bengal. Only two came from other region. Surendra Pandeya (1935) was from Lucknow and Ketan Amin (1975) was from Baroda. The other artists were Uma Siddhanta (1933), Shankar Ghosh (1934), Manik Talukdar (1944), Asim Basu (1947), Sunil Kumar Das (1952), Bimal Kundu (1954), Sandip Chakraborty (1961), Sujit Kumar Karan (1968), Subrata Biswas (1972), Tapas Biswas (1972), Chandan Bhandari (1973), Nantu Behari Das (1977), Tarun Maity (1977) and Arya Oraw (1981).
April too was compact with another pair of painting and sculpture show. From 5 to 20 simultaneously two exhibitions continued: paintings of Barun Chowdhuty and a group show of sculpture curated by Sandip Sarkar. The young painter Barun Chowdhury (1971) graduated from Government College Art and Craft, Kolkata and post graduation in print making from Baroda. From immaculate depiction of photographic naturalism Barun tries to bring out the tragic void ingrained in reality. In a few of the works of this show he has quoted from great painters like Picasso or Dali and transformed their social comments to suit his own feelings about contemporary reality. His colourful, exuberant, rebellious images were ingrained with his artistic commitment and were therefore very much poignantly moving.
The theme of the sculpture show was 'Edangered Earth'. The ten artists participated were Partha Pratim Deb, Bimal Kundu, Asis Ghosh, Mukulendu Pathak, Partha Dasgupta, Tanmay Banerjee, Akhil Chandra Das, Sutanu Chatterjee, Pallab Das and Pradip Mandal. The curator himself also contributed a work. Everybody in their works have shown the danger that the human kind is facing or has to face due to pollution of environment. The curatorial note concludes with the words: “the participant sculptors in their own fashion have shown how deeply concerned they feel. Through use of visual sculptural metaphors, allegories, parables and tragedy, they have silently said: Beware or face the consequence. Let us now listen and pay heed to these poignant voices of silence.” In the process we have got some exceedingly unique forms of sculpture.
In August 2008 again from 6 to 16 there was another pair of painting and sculpture show. Asit Mandal's solo painting exhibition was titled 'Pulsating Decorativeness'. Through assimilation of various diverse elements Mondal tries to build up an indigenous yet original identity of his paintings, but at the same time endeavors to come out of a fixed pattern of execution that can be termed as a 'trade mark' of the artist. While his linear constructional executions suggest the presence of pulsating decorativeness, his broad-brush freehanded broad-stroked works indicate emancipation of human emotions. Within this diversity of expression his commitment stands fixed towards a divine beauty that our rooted existence exudes, where various global currents are continuously merging. His decorativeness always pulsates with the jubilant life around him.
Subrata Biswas was presented in his solo sculpture show titled 'Constructing Innocence'. The bronzes of this young sculptor are the expressions of an enlightened dream. To form that dream he assimilates some of the essential qualities of painting within the three-dimensional volumes. This assimilation makes his forms unique. To explore this quality he delves deeper into our traditional sculpture, both classical and folk. Exploration of tradition and myth to add new value to the contemporary setting has made his works really outstanding.
During September there was an exhibition of abstract works by Akhilesh, Amitava Dhar, Manish Pushkale, Samindranath Majumdar, Sunil De & Yogendra Tripathi. After that the new year of Aakriti starts in October with 'GenNext III'.
27 July 2008