If poetry is what you can’t translate, then “art” is what you can’t define.
– Robert Frost
Over the years the definitions of Art have changed irrevocably, and it’s still in transit; moving and breaking boundaries of what can be defined as Art. But what brings these artists together and spaces them out at the same time, is their desire of deconstructing and restructuring ideas on the palette of experimentation.
On 24th of June 2016, Galerie 88 opened its doors to the city’s art lovers with PERSPECTA, a collective of 17 young Indian artists creating magnificence in the field of visual arts.
Artist : Saubiya Chashmawala
Dull, dry, eerie and haunting are the four words that would definitely cross your mind with Saubiya Chasmawala’s work. With a definitive cut-out of a feminine figure collaged on the parched background of a field and broken wall of ancestry, it is an artist’s retelling of the perpetual discourse created by her choice of being an artist from the Alavi Bohra community. She uses coffee, masking fluid and charcoal over printed photograph pasted on cartridge paper as the medium. What seems so harmless, speaks of the structural discrimination against women that runs deeply across the communities in our country. The woman in the portraiture stands distinct in the foreground yet her face is merged with the background of what seems like the last strings of attachment with stereotypes of the past.
Artist : Pujashree Burman
When Lord Byron quoted “We of the craft are all crazy”, he wasn’t quite wrong. Disturbances and madness has always been a fuel to creativity for the geniuses [source]. Pujashree Burman’s series would remind any art history enthusiast of Johan Wierix’s Melancholia (after Albrecth Dürer). What fuelled her work was this deep rooted sense of loneliness and a paradoxical love for solitude and self-discovery through it, which we all hold on to. Soul-stirring and impeccable are apt descriptives of Burman’s works. Years and years of social learning has taught every women to roll her hair into a ball and dispose it. The artist weaves these strands of life into something so intimate to every woman, lingerie. Two more Untitled works by the artist of amoeba-esque figures depict multifaceted thoughts on our minds though intricate narratives. Depression isn’t a romanticized idea by artists, it strikes you mid-morning on the fifth cup of coffee, while you are sitting in your four by four cubicle, amidst strangers and deadlines. These deeply moving works of Burman are to stay with you forever.
Artist : [TAXI]
Transcending the gender bipolarity notions, [TAXI] yet again mesmerized us with two of their hand painted photographs on display. The vivid colors, neons, tiaras and smiling at the sight of a resting butterfly – something so symbolic of women in media connotations – has been disembarked in their works. What has been an issue of concern for the 21st century activists, blurring gender lines and opening the bracket of gender parity, these two artists have achieved almost nonchalantly.
The exhibition curated 14 more artists listed below in no particular order-
Alakananda Nag, Anirban Haldar, Bikram Das, Buddhadev Mukherjee, Jyotirmoy De, Khageshwar Rout, Mausumi Roy, Partha Pratim Gayen, Prarthana Hazra, Rakesh Sadhak, Rudranil Das, Savithri K C, Suvajit Mondal, Tamal Bhattacharya.
The exhibition is on view till 20th August, 2016. So grab this opportunity to imbibe more art into your world.