While at most shows, we as viewers attempt to form a storyline or theme, Fictive at Range Art Gallery brings you the marriage of twelve young artists from in and around Kolkata and Shantiniketan who have found their own narrative, and have outgrown the norms of postmodern and contemporary schools of Art. The curator Soma Bhowmik speaks to BongRong on the objective of her curatorial work for the show. She brought together artists from different cities, speaking through their art of their intricate conversations with their own complex lives.
● From our Visit ●
Titled ‘Leviathan’, it derives its name from a biblical sea monster and also a renowned book by Thomas Hobbes that deals with the social contract theory and rule by an absolute sovereign. Working on similar lines, artist Viraag Desai, puts together a series of six canvases with intricate design and patterns, articulating the complexities of urbanization and its interaction with the environment.
Artist : Viraag Desai
If you are familiar with Kafka, you could easily recall some of the bizarre elements of his metaphorical exemplars which talk about nightmarish reality. Artist Suvanwita Saha, turns her installation – ‘The Kafkaesque Jerk’ – into four models of half-human and half-crab figures which are subtle suggestions of male sexual energy and aggressiveness.
Artist : Suvanwita Saha
Artist Sanjay Sen Gupta’s abstract series leaves more room to think and sends a subliminal message. One could easily notice its striking similarity to Chinese calligraphy. The versatility of his work comes from the interplay of dynamic strokes in pen and ink and gestural idioms, where you find yourself catching a glimpse of a man lazing around.
One of the most delicate yet ornate pieces of the show is the paper installation by Rangskhembor Mawblei titled ‘Merry Christmas’. It comes alive as the artist’s reminiscence of his days in Shantiniketan and his memories of the ritual of drawing Alpana (floor patterns). He turns those memories into an experimental piece which is a representation of Vatican City using folded pages of The Bible.
Artist: Rangskhembor Mawblei
Artist Soma Das will take you back in time with her series of nine paintings of women occupied with oddly ordinary tasks, inspired from Mughal and Rajput miniature paintings. From self-nurturing tasks to household nurturing, the artist brought in novelty by experimenting with techniques of Gouache and using Nepali paper.
Artist: Soma Das
Two of the most eye catching pieces of the show are Sadananda Bhuti’s pieces in bright fluorescent hues and different layers of texturing, adding depth to the otherwise animation and illustration based figures. His works came alive through his shift of interest from mainstream art to animation.
Artist : Sadananda Bhuti
Suvajit Samanta’s installation in wood and metal depicts the typical Kaash Bon, and will take you back to the childhood memories of simple lives and nature’s indication of Durga Pujo’s arrival.
Artist : Suvajit Samanta
And if Samanta’s work doesn’t make you nostalgic enough, artist Asim Paul’s three piece series – ‘Down memory lane’ – will remind you of the bittersweet days of blue and red ruled copies and the extensive process of drying ‘daaler-bori’.
Artist : Asim Paul
The show also exhibits Avijit Mukherjee’s works, a self-taught artist, who showcased two of his pieces which are an amalgamation of fibre glass objects and miniature paintings of simpler living patterns.
Artist : Avijit Mukherjee
Anjan Modak, speaks to BongRong about what inspires his work. His work questions the social dogmas in an irreverent manner. As dark as his topics are, his colour palette and lines remain contrastingly subtle to the eyes.
Artist : Anjan Modak
If you find yourself staring at the vegetative series by Baloram Debnath, you’d probably like to delve deeper into his insight then take a look at his painting of the huge paprika and the leaf covering its tip and find resemblance to Michelangelo’s David. The artist uses bright hues with acrylic on canvas and creates metaphorical representation of organic structures.
Artist : Baloram Debnath
Working on experimental lines, artist Palash Ch. Baidya creates his unique identity in the exhibit with his work of overlapping inscriptions on every possible object, ranging from product packaging to newspapers, creating a visual narrative for the viewers.
Artist : Palash Ch. Baidya
Fictive presented by Range Art Gallery goes on till 21st June’16. Plan a visit to indulge in Art!