"For life is too short/For life is too long/Pray us to sit still/And not to sit still" (T.S.Eliot).
Aakriti Art Gallery presents an exhibition of nine contemporary artists from Kolkata. Realistic, abstract realistic, abstract expressionistic and sometimes existentialist-these varied genres comprise this entire show. But the importance of the show lies in each artist manifesting his own set of perceptions and developing his own way of recording the same. Each one's language has evolved through his creative and innovative use of visual vocabularies, pronounced distinctly for us to decode, interpret and enjoy.
Modern human society has a 'text-based' culture and our educational system teaches us to value text over an image. A very few number of people spend sufficient time and intelligence in reading painting as we do in reading texts. As a consequence, the art of interpreting "created" or "constructed" images has remained greatly underdeveloped.
Apu Dasgupta's watercolours refer to the tediously repetitious nature of life, almost always set to an unvarying pitch, incessantly proliferating the monotones in our existence. Pradip Rakshit’s works, the phenomenon being more prominently observed in the title "Game of the nature". What happens if we, hypothetically speaking, can shift across different perspectives simultaneously? Diptish Ghosh Dastidar tries to do that exactly. Samit Dey's visionary scheme is his faculty of perceiving sensations in ordinary objects and perceiving the external world through senses. Pradosh Paul consciously distances himself from a clearly narrative style and takes recourse to more abstract forms and imageries. In Sunil De's works there is often a recurrence of an endless stretch where nothing seems to denote 'form" in the usual way. In Saibal Datta's "Untitled-I", the usual binding orders that exist between structure and superstructure have been made to fall apart completely. Amitabha Dhar reacts against situations where life gets strangled in a blind alley. The violence inherent to the situation is manifested by the tortured and metamorphosed figures and objects. The thinning and withering traces of life are waiting to be devoured by a gigantic machine, in Debasish Chakraborty's 'Wasteland-1' and furrows further into the human psyche thrown into this state of agitated confusion in his 'wasteland-II'.
All these collated together, the exhibition records the discernible traits of the artists.