Curated By Samindra Majumdar
It is the word ‘beyond’ in the exhibition title that opens up a space of interesting and enigmatic possibilities, a word that takes its cue from the conceptual area of idiosyncratic artistic practice. The participating artists have stretched ...
It is the word ‘beyond’ in the exhibition title that opens up a space of interesting and enigmatic possibilities, a word that takes its cue from the conceptual area of idiosyncratic artistic practice. The participating artists have stretched and at times surpassed the supposed periphery of ‘still life’ in the conventional pedagogical sense of the term. There is no attempt whatsoever to paint objects carefully composed on a tabletop with lustrous folds of drapery in the background; in other words, there is no discernible loyalty to what is still ideally considered to be still life in the strict academic sense. And that other associated factor, the need to be truthful to retinal reality - still considered essential at least academically - has been paid incidental attention as well. The young artists have taken the autonomy to build narratives of their own by arranging, creating and composing forms as signifiers. An undertone of unmistakable contemporaneity is discernibly present in all the works, with all the directional pluralities that our times have opened up for us. Worldviews merge with introspection; it is, in a way, an interior, and intensely private, processing of received notions and even lifestyle adaptations that constitute the signposts of our existence. The eagerly-embraced digital life with its twin avatars, the search engines and social media, shares an interesting relationship with the idealist/cultural bedrock of a typical middle-class Bengali family to which most of the artists belong. The nature of this relationship, I believe, plays a key role in the way/s in which the artists process and decipher their contacts with stillness, life, and still life.
All the participating artists are graduates from the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship, and had been my students. As a teacher in this college I had seen them developing as independent artists and create their individual lines of growth and continuing with these all through their Postgraduate days, relocated then at institutions as diverse as Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, MS University, Baroda, RBU, Kolkata S. N. School of Arts and Communication, Hyderabad etc. For me it is a matter of much pleasure to be able to arrange this show; I am not a curator merely, but I have enjoyed being a mentor, and, above all, a close observer of the process of the development of artistic sensibility in a group of highly creative people whom I had had the fortune of training in their early days. Today they do me proud.
On a final note, I must acknowledge those who have been instrumental in making this exhibition possible. Shri Ganesh Pratap Singh has given his generous support to make the show a success. My student, Subhankar Chakraborty, a research scholar from MSU, Baroda, and Anuradha Ghosh, professor and art writer, have assisted me with remarkable ability. Many of my students, especially Souvik Majumdar, were of great help. Shri Tarun Chakraborty and Shri Anup Karar of Academy of Fine Arts also deserve sincere thanks. Mojarto online has agreed to be our online partner. I am thankful to everyone who has helped, in whatever way, to make this exhibition a success.
By Aryama Pal
Painting, 45 X 57.6 In
Mixed Media on Paper
By Aryama Pal
Painting, 57.6 X 45 In
Mixed Media on Paper