A selection of works that reflect the beauty of myth, ancient narrative and kitschy visual elements ‘Bridges Across the Void’ on Mojarto is an enticing visual exhibit.
From talking the absurdity of the lockdown, the threat of the coronavirus to the bizarre visuals that seem to flood our minds as dreams; the show ‘Bridges Across the Void’ works as a reflection of all that is taking place in our midst.
‘Uncommon times have led to artists being isolated from society. The pressures are tremendous, and not all artists welcome this isolation. Some even question the possibility of being creative at a time like this. But many have embraced this forced solitude and adapted their ways of working. Their new creativity has produced some very unique art.’ True to this and embodying the strangeness of this period of time, the exhibit navigates the various emotions an artist might go through in isolation.
Aside from being alone, an artist is left to their surroundings to observe, introspect and reflect how they feel. ‘The artist’s studio has always been a magical place. A retreat from society to focus on one’s craft. Even famous artists known for their public installations and ‘performance art’ which presupposes an audience, state that the generation of ideas happens alone.’
Kali By Varun Desai
When asked how he is creating under the Covid-19 crisis, musician-artist Varun Desai says that his chair has become his studio, and his laptop his meeting room. As an artiste accustomed to making and sharing work digitally, he has adapted to the situation with ease
Leave Me Alone, Please! By Bhaskar Chitrakar
The artist Bhaskar Chitrakar, a ‘patua’ artist, has taken on the coronavirus as a character in his ‘Babu-Bibi’ series and it is quite delightfully peculiar.
Eidetic Image I By Viraag Desai
Working with recycled and found objects, Viraag Desai creates his own objects and materials by ‘soaking, layering, sanding and fabricating.’ Speaking of urban decay, the infinite power of nature and other intricate natural processes, the works are riveting.
Isolation By Dhiren Sasmal
Dhiren Samsal also celebrates the joy of nature in the works making it a lovely ode to the fantastical whimsy of natural surroundings.
Mahadev O Mahamaya By Tanushree Ghosh
Tanushree Ghosh’s series of works are mythological and use an age old technique of painting and washing the paper many times before it is completed. The figures twist and wind like a never ending tale.
Avijit Mukherjee creates ‘minutely-rendered works created in the past few weeks have simple motifs around which he knits a complex narrative, leaving ample space for the viewer’s imagination.’
Selfie Boy By Avijit Mukerjee
The wood-cuts weave an elaborate tapestry of narrative and do not contain a singular timeline.
Using this time to research and create new work, artist Atish Mukherjee began to delve deeper into his own practice and the materials he used. The works showcase an ‘understanding of folk and rural art’ through the delicate touch of terracotta.
Love In Nature By Atish Mukherjee
View the show online here: Bridges Across The Void