“The space between me and myself is enormous/ I cannot fathom where I begin and when I’m at the end of myself/ What is the distance between a leaf and a tree even if the leaf knows no other place to be?/ I’ve come to lie so beautifully that my words wear the shine of truth, even if briefly”
-S. Anand on Smita Rajmane’s work, Khirki mosque
Onward Journey, at Emami Chisel Art Gallery, showcasing the works of 14 renowned artists from over the country, is a reminiscence of the artist’s’ experience from a week-long tour to China, organised by Emami itself. The show continues till 8th July 2016.
The journey of an artist, within and beyond…
Artist : Rameshwar Broota
‘Untitled 31’ is the depiction of a journey amidst the narrow lanes of thoughts/ their repercussions on the physical body/ a macro image of a greyed but densely grown, back of a head/ submerging subtly with an image of hundreds of birds flying off from the skeletal tree/ imitating the semi-circular shape of the head below/ creating the imagery of the thoughts diverged and years passed in it.
Yet another one of Broota’s photographic brilliance is ‘Untitled’ , this piece is a perfect exemplar of your much sought after escape. You’ll find a sense of peace in the oddity of the pink horse in the luscious green meadows.
Artist : Seema Kohli
What makes artist Seema Kohli’s work interesting is the aesthetics and colours of love, growth, shelter and dreams – vivid pinks, blues and metallic shades – typical to Chinese clothing and their feistiness in celebrations. From peacock feathers to that little protective warmth of a womb, everything is depicted with intricate detailing ridden with layers of femininity.
Artist : Manu Parekh
A personal favourite from the collection is Parekh’s Evening Light. Irked up with a palette of oranges, blues and greens, his painting will remind you of the melodramatic younger years, when life is all about its vivid portrayals around us. Influenced deeply by the works of Tagore and Ramkinker Baij, his paintings have an engulfing energy with the grotesque layers unravelling their beauty with time.
Artist : Madhvi Parekh
This self-taught artist has similar vibrancy as Manu Parekh’s works. She marked her prominence in the art world with a technique of reverse painting on acrylic. Just like she recreated Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper from her visit to Milan; Priest from Lijiang is an essence carried with colours of her visit to China.
Artist : Vasundhara Tewari
Stuck between the lines of the morality of submissiveness and generosity that a woman inherits from her social milieu, Vasundhara calls in for the need to break free and seek justice. Years of social learning has clearly affected our own symbolic association to a questionable level; a glimpse of a ladybug and petals hints femininity in space and a self-embracing gesture pointing towards ‘subjugation’ of the woman.
Artist : C. Douglas
The dark and grimy aftermath of the trip was what was on the canvas of the artist; from scribbles on cloth pieces, in both English and Mandarin, to what seemed like a human figure tempered with time and weather.
Artist : Shuvaprasanna
‘Middletone’ or Halftone means the “reprographic technique that simulates continuous tone imagery through the use of dots, varying either in size or in spacing, thus generating a gradient like effect”. Shuvaprasanna’s works have a recurringly prominent portrayal of the city that brought him up, Calcutta. Made with mixed media on canvas, this work of his is a sordid, weatherworn, gloomy slice of old Calcutta cityscape.
Artist : Vrindavan Solanki
Solanki’s work of Oil on canvas is an orthodox representation of oriental art empire, from world view. The ambiguity of faces and distinctiveness of other elements in the visual-scape of his paintings is a theme that marks his individuality. The amber yellows, ochres and brown tones are a reminder of the warmth of the place where he lived most of his life, Gujarat.
Artist : S.G. Vasudev
Vasudev in his lifetime of experimental works in paintings created some brilliance on tapestries, which he got inspired about while viewing some of Picasso’s and Monet’s paintings on tapestries. Apart from this, what marked a touchstone in his journey of four decades in art was his “Vriksha” series, which evolved over nearly a decade, turning into the ‘Tree of Life and Death’ in the latter half of the 1980’s. His tree evolved into faces and other organic elements, titled as Humanscapes and Earthscapes. What we see in this exhibition, in two of his pieces, is an illustrative continuation of these recurring themes.
Artist : Veer Munshi
Of holding and letting go – Fasten Your Belts is a representation of the duality of ‘journeys’ in life. A native of Kashmir, having led a disturbed childhood as a refugee, the canvas acts cathartically for this artist. The portraiture of the bird in flight towards the left and an aeroplane moving in the opposite direction, in cooler shades of blues, calls for an ambience of escape and serenity..
Artist : Shipra Bhattacharya
A stylized woman figure, trapped amidst the concrete jungle is what Prakriti is. The nurturer and bestower of dreams and hopes in the clamoured and exhaustive lives; Prakriti is a rescuer.
Artists K.S Radhakrishnan and P.R. Daroz also have their bronze sculptures and ceramic works on display. This vast array of intriguing work will be open to the art lovers of Kolkata till 8th July at Emami Chisel Art Gallery. Do drop in!