Wednesday, 29 October 2014

I Think (What?) ‘Packing Series’ paintings by Amit Kumar.

Art is a part of individual, community, society and whole world. It is necessary to know why it has so much importance since civilization began. Not many artists have tried to answer it through their art. Generally, an artist creates a piece of art according to the prevailing conditions, like his individual psychology, society’s culture and tradition, political conditions etc and that is all. 
Amit Kumar explores the avenue of highlighting the importance of art and its preservation and how it is preserved (visual art) by hand-painting it under his theme titled ‘Packing Series’ 
Artist Amit Kumar

Art plays a significant role in knowing the past of a country. Especially visual Art portrays the social, economic and political conditions of every era. It is a trusted clue of past. Artist Amit Kumar likes to hold on to these visual treasures and thus portrays them in his paintings.  According to him the works of past in every form of art like painting or literature has its unique symbolism and color. He likes to conserve these things and has come up with his ‘Packing series’ which is his most favorite series. All the paintings in this series are hand painted and as the name suggest- ‘packing’ he shows preservation of these paintings by meticulously painting bubble paper, corrugated paper wrappings around them. It is, as if he wants to keep the traces of history safely packed and saved for future generation. Since his basic objective is to show the preservation of paintings, he has painted varied themes not pertaining from different eras these do not belong to any particular age and there is no uniformity either. Like, he paints modern city, along with Statue of liberty, touches upon Indian Independence era by painting Mahatma Gandhi, presents unforgettable photograph of an Afghan girl, by painting it and showing it wrapped in buble paper et al. Therefore we find the mixture of different forms of visual art ranging from realistic, surreal to abstract. All the artworks help us to rewind the time and feel the difference between the then life’s experience which was different from our times. .According the artist, his art may have minimal value in this technical world his paintings. But it does not bother him and feels that as an artists he has every right to express his feelings without restrictions, no obligation of commitment and totally independent in Nature. Anything that attracted his attention has become his creation in this series. 
Recent work by Amit Kumar

The second series shows Amit Kumar’s keen interest in human psychology, especially of the layman or common man that forms the larger part of the society. The common man actually colors and shapes the characteristic of society. There is a standardized thread of thought among all the common people all over the world. It is ‘Ambition’, the desire to get more better than what one already has. He paints desires of mankind under his series called ‘Ambitious Mankind’. In this series he shows desires of common man. Desire of luxury, comfort, happiness, fame, money keeps life going on. These never ending desires are like the creepers as shown in one of his paintings. New leaves (hopes) represent tender desires unfolding, maturing, sustaining life until they are fulfilled or failed and then they shed away. Till then a new desire seems to bud from the same mind/heart (creeper). Even incase of choice of relations, human beings are often selective and yet, grass seems to be greener on other side and a person always feels dissatisfied with whatever he/she has and wants more and that is nothing but-  A desire. 

An avid lover of poetry and a poet by heart, Amit Kumar expresses his thoughts on desires in verse (Hindi) which states:

क़दमों में अपने जहाँ चाहता हुँ,
मै ज्यादा कही कुछ कहाँ चाहता हूँ l l 

सिकंदर भी हारा था हिंडोसितां में,
मै हारुँ नही, ये दुआ चाहता हूँl  
मै ज्यादा कहीं कुछ कहाँ चाहता हूँ?

मुझको बदनाम करने की साजिश है ये,
जो है मुमकिन नहीं, वो मकाँ  चाहता हुँl 
मै ज्यादा कहीं कुछ कहाँ चाहता हूँ?


(Translation): 

I wish to have world at my feet,
I do not expect more than this.

Alexendar too lost to India,
Pray I would never do.
Is it a great deal that I wish to?

It’s a cabal to slander me,
Explore the unexplored destiny.
Is it a great deal that I wish to?

Amit Kumar treats every painting as a poem and feels that every painter’s painting is but a poem expressed in visual form, full of emotions. He accepts the criticism that follows his analysis of calling painting as a poem. But he accepts the criticism and respects critics’ views. He feels criticism is necessary to probe into one’s own art and re-evaluate the creations. He is much concerned with the surprises that he gives to viewers through his paintings. 
Recent work by Amit Kumar

Viewers reaction is most important as the feelings in the paintings are spontaneous and succeed in tapping and resonating people’s emotions and make a place in their heart. People feel that his work is a collage of emotion and try to relate themselves with it. But according to Amit Kumar this is pure misunderstanding of his creations and viewers are surprised to know that it’s not collage at all. This ‘surprise’ itself stimulates Amit Kumar to create more suprisal works. Viewer’s surprise is a compliment for him and he considers that surprise of viewer is his success. 

I think, it will be apt to call artist Amit Kumar ‘A treasure hunter’ with lot of surprises in his creative mind. 

- by Pankaja JK

Sunday, 12 October 2014

"Nine Blinking" Cobalt Blu Art Project


3rd Project coming soon

2nd Project "Nine Blinking"  Cobalt Blu Art Project

CORPOREAL CLAIRVOYANT AROUSAL - By Javed Jalil

The unmediated act of corporeal and cerebral inference of particles, starting from the subatomic to the synergies of the structural, moving into the realm of environmental visual references, creates reflection and illusions, modelled on our individual perceptive modes and prior understanding of things. The act of image visibility is an association of stages that incorporates our emotion, placement and reverberates with individual perceptions of recognition. It is formulated through expressive tendencies of weighing and evaluating its exterior content with ones’ own absorption and sentiment.

Javed Jalil as Art Critic


The visual world we perceive in our physicality creates various random interactive sources of content that is realized within us through the ways we have cultivated our patterns of consciousness. We can choose to be obsessed by certain elements from our existence and amplify the object, which can be in its animated or static nature, and we can project simultaneous vibrations, like a wave length of sensations and integrated dilemmas, to amplify the content.

Farzana Urmi is a painterly and searching artist who tends to involve herself into process of chaos emancipation, as a trigger point of stimuli, deflecting into a stormy vibration of moment, speed, instinct and paradox. It is as if she indulges the process of every particle being destroyed to unify into another functional state. It is like a big bang of neurons, as pigments accelerate through multiple energy sources, commuted with renderings of gesture and randomization. She appears like a passionate inferno, fusing existent external reality of the visible and invisible. Her senses are merged with environmental presence and redemption of restless moments. She focuses on scriptures of hard-core veracity of the emotionally heightened existence of our surroundings, with contents of deliverance and struggle. But why this relationship? Is it her existence within the surfaces of her living area or her inner commodity relating to certain attractions that behold her subconscious empathy - belonging to a string in a human chain?

Recent work by Farzana Ahmed Urmi
Recent work by Farzana Ahmed Urmi
The face and the portrait is her substantive motif of salvation, exploration and longing. It is the thesaurus of the manifestation of her energy. The face and its expression have been a matrix of surface recognition and introspection. But then again, it is also a landscape with layered dimensions of explicit subtle details of storytelling. Urmi in her paintings of faces, explored geo-surfaces of sensations that brutally and impulsively scrutinize the moment of interaction with picture-making surfaces, rather than having any likeness to its own identity. She creates her presence into what has been seen and remained unseen, thinking and analyzing and trying to grasp the effect that pulls her in, within the painted space of her faces. It is said that a face has 44 muscles and 7,000 micro-expressions that autonomously expose ones’ emotions. And there are seven major expressions that are universal. That means regardless of the structure and geo-placement, the major responsive moods of faces are similar. So, for an artist, all this micro-fraction of twist and turn are details of unlimited augmentation and sensation build-ups, like the construction of a surface or structure, resembling nature in its fleshy microscopic patterns that has spontaneous reflexes. Or states of absorption where surfaces, line and pigments refract an atmospheric stimulation.

The face is a reference of cognition with signs of inbuilt expressive manifesto and all these are directions through which visual artists incorporate their own metaphors and renderings, from hyper-realism to the zero recognition of the elemental and the material. Slices of various depictions and mannerisms configure the multi-stylization and temperament of time and place. For Urmi, the face has been a weight-bearing capacitor of her glancing animated tendencies, with a static and stiff disposition of the structural, where expressions are absorbed with the exterior play of strokes and pigmented arousals. The scattered micro-elements of landscaped bits of the faces are marks of ephemeral graphic metaphors of the individual and forces of moment and activity, overburdened with tenuous stresses of life and society. 
Her impulsive momentary dissections of signs and objects of intimacy, or the tendency to pour her momentary delusions and energy transmutations, are recognisable in her paintings.  It is almost an obsessive narcotic inducement of paint and surface, beholding the raptures of kinetic motional pouring. She feels lost in the race of interactive sensations of her surroundings and her being, so as to perform a voodoo-like dance of pigments dissecting each other, crashing and breaking edges, into life-like responses. She is definitely an expressionist but she has contemplated her act into a personal thirst of involvement with spirit and association.

In her recent works at the Dhaka Art Center she had also put out academic compositional studies, with ghostly glow of renderings, where the trend of making things aesthetically pleasing doesn’t concern her, rather the process of a very personal interaction of the moment stimulates her. She creates airy sitting figures with atmospheric delusions of colour as fragments of a light force, where forms are a vibration of light. She used patches of assimilated materials to unify and exaggerate the dimensionality of surface and emotional content .One of the noticeable factors are she, with her explosive pigment gestation, feels her way into the surface, keeping the anatomic stillness, and make overs the surface like a cosmetic makeup of sensation and atomic changes.

The painterly spectacle of her painterly attitude is attuned with the reality of the real as realized, and to comprehend it she exposes her identity with modulation of a corpulent tide of pigments and uncertainty, decoding the hesitation into a union of gestated ecstasy. The faces she paints may tend to be suffering insights of ones’ inner lingering thought but then again it could just be the ratification of our imagination where the strangeness is acceptable as, not beautiful but painful, but beauty can be realized by attaining the strangeness with perseverance, as acceptability reforms beauty in a new accordance. Strangeness is just a non-recognized validity of things, which slowly delves into the known and becomes commutable and comfortable within our psyche.  Urmi appears straight to the point in creating a source of interplay, rather than redecorate the visuals to become a recognizable likability. Her still lives and other objective elements are also driven manifested moments of engagement and the process of witnessing herself through it. The animated and the spirit overlap within her being. The demesnes to the visibility of the incorporated states of psychic prognosis are consents of the primordial instincts rather than sleek mind, body and psychic awareness. The psychological visibility is also our memory contained in imaginary nuances that tinge our psychic expressions with significant creative understandings, to validate a mystery. Our body, and infinite particles that binds together in a spinning space of motion and the decomposition of it, into a state of activity, can speak an animated language which is like entering a trance, that leads to illusion or a vibration of musical strings playing numerous resonances but in the same tune. Various perspective of our inner dimension makes us realize the re-echoed rhymes of the emotive. The curators of this exhibition focused on the markings of bio- landscape, the random impulses of abstraction, the grotesque approach opposing the aesthetically pleasing and the scheming process, and the artist’s momentary findings of the inhibited endowment of life.                                                                                                                                                               

Urmi intertwined her physical impulses into the medium, and used the recognizable, traversing the particles of the refractive into copulated state of another visual existence, as historically, with in the doctrines of art, this is considered the psychic connotation of the seen, thriving to see and create the unknown.   

- By Javed Jalil

D h a k a  A r t  C e n t e r  p r e s e n t s
Known Unknown

An art exhibition by Farzana Ahmed Urmi

On 16 October, 2014 at 6.30 pm

Eminent artist Monirul Islam
will inaugurate the exhibition and
Critic Moinuddin khaledwill grace the occasion as special guest
You and your friends are cordially invitedCurated by Wakilur Rahman and Kehkasha Sabah

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Poster Out : Our body, the mirror of the soul and our body speaks its own language- Farzana Ahmed Urmi


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

‘Time After Time’- Photography exhibition by Juhi Kulkarni.


The motivating factors of these creations are emotions and contortions of psyche. Most of the visuals capture solitude, longing, fear and serenity experienced by every individual.  It is a quest to explore and highlight unfathomable side of human nature.

Artist : Juhi Kulkarni
Delving into personal experiences of every person the artist capture their apprehensions, bliss and inner solace; these though are primarily on surmise. The meditative pose and feelings in some of them are the ultimate willingness of the individual to find internal peace in this world of chaos. In this series Juhi Kulkarni has ventured to explore women psychology. There is a common thread of feelings flowing though the images and viewers. We find a strong affection for life and viewer is at liberty to associate individual feeling to every image.

The reality is presented in esthetic manner and the expressions have emotional tableaux. The photography works as a facilitator to get people’s feelings, hopes and dreams across, therefore each image exceeds more than being a picture of someone consciously posing for camera.      
As stated by the artist herself, she draws inspiration from Purana and Ancient Indian Vedic culture, so the symbolism in her photography clearly depicts metaphysical aura.
E- Card
The unique feature of this series is the dual exposure of every photograph. The artist has perfectly developed her photographs as paintings. It shows that the photography is not just about shutterbugs and clicks but a reflection on pure self. Juhi Kulkarni is successful in doing so as she has given her photographs a touch of painting. Many images are actually the photographs of paintings. The lines and curves tangled in each other with an emotional face in foreground makes emotion unambiguous and true to its feelings.
The artist’s passionate photography is also seeded in the humanitarian steps that she carries out in her everyday life. Working as a volunteer in Art of Living course has made her probe within herself and added to her skill of capturing the real self of the people. Her charitable act of donating the proceedings from the sale to NGO ‘Gift a Smile’ again reflects her humanitarian and philanthropic character in her photography.


Interview with Juhi Kulkarni

P JK ( Pankaja JK)    JK ( Juhi Kulkarni)

The following interview highlights Photography artist Juhi Kulkarni’s positive attributes and professional inclinations that add life to her Still photography in her solo show ‘Time After Time’ to be held at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.

P. JK: Tell us about yourself.
J.K: I am a visual artist and I have been making art since I was 2 years old (that’s what my mother tells me!). I draw, make paintings and also take photographs and make installations. I have studied BA (Hons.) in Drawing from Camberwell College, London. Previously I had shown my works in London and Nagpur and “Time after Time” is my first solo show in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. I also work with an NGO that teaches people to live stress free and works with educating less privileged children.
P.JK: Which factors/elements play an important role in your photo shoot?

J.K: I draw inspiration and experience from everyday life.  My work is reflected by my own spiritual experiences and is translations of my observations from meditations as well as readings of Puranas and Vedic scriptures. My creation evolves from drawing and takes form of photos, paintings or installations. Experience is never unmediated and it is always influenced by what precedes and follows it, by memory and expectation, modes of sensory organization, culturally conditioned habits of mind and countless other factors that are both historically and socially produced. Experience in other words is multiple of meditation and infinitely variable. To experience something you have to be totally engaged into it. I believe in engaging the viewer into my works and giving them the space and time in imagination to make it their own.

P.JK: Why are you fascinated by old technology of photography?

J.K: It is the nostalgia of working with the analogue camera and it also carries a sense of fragility and anxiety. It is quite exciting actually and the result is unknown and not immediate like the digital ones. In a strange way, the sense of control is more in certain areas and less in the other. As the image emerges on the paper it is quite magical and reminds me of the child like experiences we have of awe and wonder and magic.

P.JK: Do you use computer graphics to modify your images?

J.K: I avoid doing that, but sometimes to salvage the image I have to do it. Also when a particular project requires, I use my digital camera and computer graphics to work on them.


P.JK: Why do you make it look like painting?

J.K: I am fascinated by the act of painting and the entire process of creating the image in this manner, and so some of my photographs have the painterly effect. Sometimes I photograph my paintings and use them for double exposures.

P.JK: Which is the most coveted emotion that you like to capture?

J.K: I would like to capture bliss but it seems a farfetched idea, so I work towards capturing movement, stillness and a sense of tipping point. Emotions are difficult to explain, especially when they arise after deep spiritual experiences of meditations, I have worked towards depicting them with a little reference from the Puranas and other Vedic scriptures.

P.JK: Like every photographer do you also intend to explore motion?

J.K: I have explored it in the past and its quite exciting and endearing process. But as it requires specialized skills and an efficient team I have postponed the plans of making short films for near future. As of now I want to show movement in photography, i.e. movement via stillness.

P.JK: What is the difference between black and white image and colorful one?

J.K: Both have their unique qualities and I feel it’s unfair to compare them.

P.JK: What do you do for your professional growth and perfection in photography?

J.K: Photography has such a large range of techniques and tools, that to master all is very difficult. I make a point to learn new techniques, polish old techniques and practice what I know everyday. I dedicate a specific period of time everyday to develop my work and am very focused and disciplined about it. As of now I am working with a medium range camera and would like to buy a better one as soon as possible to get sharper images and more clarity. I also work with old analog cameras like Pentex K1000 and the images from this require an entire different way of processing. By observing other photographers’ works and studying their techniques and ways of working I develop my own ideas and it is a part of my routine. Some of my favorite photographers are Raghu Rai, Andrede Freitas, Christoffer Relander and Sara Bryne. For me my concepts are also very important, they always carry either a social cause or a personal spiritual aspect, which I work very hard to really understand experience and translate it into my work. I believe that perfecting the being brings perfection in every other aspect of my life.

P.JK: You are also associated with teaching field, how do you relate photography to it, besides just giving charity from the sale of photographs?

J.K: Photograph is a very powerful tool of expression and it brings attention and awareness towards whatever is photographed. A good photo can give the viewer a moving experience and hence bring attention to the cause in hand. I try to provide visuals as means of education to imbibe deeper impact on mind. Try to impart knowledge to under privileged children with perseverance and dedication.      


 - By Pankaja JK


Enjoy and rejuvenate your soul by attending this show to be held on 14th October till 20th October at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. 

More details contact: juhi.kulkarni@gmail.com 

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Monday, 6 October 2014

The responsibility lies with people to be aware of its importance and to care and preserve it...Pankaja JK


"Nine Blinking" The project carried out by Cobalt Blu Art Project Association at Karnala Art Residency  on 27-28- 9-2014 aimed to highlight importance of natural habitat for nature’s beings. The responsibility lies with the people to be aware of its importance and to care and preserve it. The artists of Cobalt Blu project have made their genuine attempt to be with nature and praise it through their artistic creations.  
"Nine Blinking"  Artists at Karnala Art Residency 

Tathi Premchand’s installation of Star series on wall creates a cosmic aura. The galore of stars that are made from chock reflect the free flowing energy; never bounded by time and space. It reminds us of the importance of stars for their heat and light but they are more than that, they are spiritual beacon lights as well. Just as the web connects each star to one another, human life is also connected to every component of nature. The complexity of visual does not create a barrier in survival, exactly like the stars that are born in the cluster in galaxy; they grow and perish without disturbing the life of other surviving stars. Each retains its identity, so is the truth of living being on the earth. Society is a galaxy and livings being are star clusters growing, surviving and perishing with individual identity. As new star is born in galaxy almost everyday, so is the case with human beings and other living things.
Tathi Premchand working on wall

Peace loving Amit Kumar and his art depicted peace and spiritual lift. He perceives that the worldly matters forms layers of corrupt and dirty thoughts on the pure and sinless soul and mind of human being, which ultimately leads to regretful actions. Thus, to lead untainted life it becomes necessary to cleanse the soul and polish off these unwanted thought and attain inner peace. Amit showed this act of cleansing or removal of layers of demoralization and corrupt thoughts in metaphoric way. He carved a big a symbol of peace on the wall with sharp edged tool. The symbol represented the cleansed mind and soul; removal of negativity one’s mind and soul.   
working Amit Kumar at at Karnala Art Residency 

Life force was represented in the drawing of Shalaka Patil’s spiral form drawn on the external side of the wall of a house with an earthy red colour material soil known as Geru.  Spiral form is a basic symbol of evolution, creation, expansion, birth and death. It represents the goddess, the womb, fertility and life force energy.  Here too, the spiral form depicted the never ending cycle of creation, preservation and destruction. Infinite energy, the root of universe and everything that exists and it continues to hold together. By using this symbol all beings are reminded of their inward and outward evolution, a balanced and centered state of mind. The spiral drawing showcased rotating energy in proper symmetry on the wall of the house, where house itself seemed to be full potential energy provided by external rotational movement of energy in spiral steady rhythm and symmetry.

Work by Shalaka Patil



‘Autobiography of a log’ was a very nature sensitive installation by C. Ganacharya.  His tender feelings were expressed in feelings of a log that grew in wilds and experienced the company of every huge and minute living thing found in natural habitat.  The romantic log seems to be nostalgic and it expresses its nostalgia in verse: 

जब मै छोटा था,
बहुत बारिश होती थी 

जब मै और बढ़ने लगा,
सिर पैर हरियाली छा गयी 

तब चिड़ियाँ नाचने लगी मेरे सिर पर 
गिलहरियाँ दौड़ने लगी थीं 
लेकिन एक दिन अचानक.... 

Ganacharya,  as true to his nature lover’s spirit happily created wonderful life of forest without disturbing the harmony that it (forest) had already established before their project materialized. For this he used the cut log in forest and placed the white letters on it that looked like termites that depend on soft wood for survival. Thus, without disturbing nature, he created natural world which is left behind as a memorable patch as he left from there to breath the polluted air of urban domain. 
work by C. Gancharya

Pradeep Nerurkar created installation using natural elements. The ‘stone’ was used to give it a look of man- made thing called ‘suitcase’. His work ‘stone-case’ is wisely shown as a stone- case (a natural form of suitcase) as he places handle on it. The weight of stone was inferred as the suitcase with weight in it. The second installation based on same concept is called ‘Cloud-scape’. Clouds pour lavishly on this earth and are happy to see the transformation of dried and sun baked earth into the green environment. To enjoy this credit, cloud seemed to come and rest under a tree to observe the change closely. Prdeep Nerurkar  interpreted and felt the emotional high of cloud and tried to present the water- pregnant cloud’s emotional experience to us. 
Stone-case work by Pradeep Nerurkar

Aashish Thakuar  created a beautiful installation using naturally formed formicary or a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest. Around it, he gently places green leaves without disturbing the ants’ routine. The outcome is formation of green sunflower. 
Green water work by Aashish Thakur

Ashok Hinge created earthworms using pieces of clothes especially the typical blouse worn by women in village. The varied color blouses made his earthworms look colorful (may be it was intentional to make it look lively and eye catching). These colorful earthworms hung over the on-site natural wood. Earthworm is farmer’s natural friend, which helps him to dig the soil and make it soft for tilling. Ashok Hinge stated the importance of earthworms in the life of a farmer and ultimately to us. 

Earthworms work by Ashok Hinge
Deven Bane used an abandoned house that stood lifeless and isolated in the natural and green environment of Karnala.  Thief seemed to have broken into the house breaking the door and windows. Deven Bane  wonders what he could have robbed in this simple house which must be hardly having basic necessities. He highlights ‘Window’, which welcomes nature in form of breeze light and sound to enter the house and it also works as a protection against burglary. But this house surely fulfilled only hunger and lacked luxury. He put forward the doubt about what the thief must have stolen from such a living. To show the simplicity and the basic need of hunger satisfied by house, he showed smoke of hearth coming out of the broken window. Deven has  used the natural foliage to burn and create the smoke and convey his idea. 
Thief..work by Deven Bane

window - (noun), definition of a window is a pane of glass or wood in a house ,used to look through either literally or metaphoricaly,to see what is on the other side

Santosh Klabande used  his skill as a painter to paint on the tender, blooming banana leaves. He has sketched male and female form. The best part of this work is that it is not a static work and does not stop with sketching. The sketched female is shown as being pregnant. And as the leaf would bloom steadily, it will give the effect of blooming of new life. The work needs to be checked at least two times a week and be photographed to see progress and prospering new life. The excellent creative work that would need attention long after the on-site exhibition is completed. 
Santosh Kalbande working at  Karlana Art Recidencay

It was a Site Specific successfully carried out  exhibition by Cobalt Blu Art Project. Cobalt Blu intends to come up with newer ideas and carry out such projects. The new project is in planning and will be announed soon. If you wish to participate as an artist or viewer you are most welcome. To know more about it in advance please check the updates on Facebook page or visit the websites mentioned below. 


 - By Pankaja JK 

Site Specific ("Nine Blinking") Art by Cobalt Blu Art Project


Photography : PMJ / Film : Pranay Mane
Event Created : Deepali Dawane 

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Our body, the mirror of the soul and our body speaks its own language- Farzana Ahmed Urmi

Letter from Dhaka : Curatorial Note:


Farzana Ahmed Urmi

Farzana Ahmed Urmi's shows an intense interest in questions of perception - in the boundaries and potential of self experience, vision and painting. She has combined conscious vision and the fleeting perception of a blink in one image. Her paintings exhibit fascination with awkwardness and search for an distinct aesthetics from our academic visual arts. Her courage to use elective gestures lends her figures their eerie and powerful presence. Her portraitures are unnerving naked images of agony, anger, soreness, revenge or akin expressive emotions, as she is embracing the known and unknown faces of this urban society. She is striving to create her own artistic identity distinguished with visually penetrating psychological tension and compositional arrangements. 





While holding a MFA on Printmaking, Farzana is quite spontaneous to choose any technique as her media. Her surface making with various techniques and materials like paper, ink, watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage and drawn subjects with emotional brush or finger tapping strokes, tremendously shows how intensely she is physically involved with her work. In her work one can see body and psyche are inextricably linked and influenced by each other. Visually her works have a intense quality, as she is oscillating between Figuration and Abstraction. On a fleeting look, her paintings have a figurative quality. But giving a scrutiny, these paintings tend to look flat with dark monochromes, where she indented paring down to an abstraction of line, color, from, tension, mood and atmosphere. She achieves a degree of abstraction as she struggles to watch very closely to know the inner self of a person. This notion of closeness makes her portraits large and abstract to us, as if they have ambiguous hints of facial features. But they have a strong contour and wide-open eyes with lot of psychic expressions. This journey between figuration to abstraction or vice-versa, gives her subject an unsettling impact. And this way her grotesque and nuanced characters raise our everyday to the sublime.

Our body, the mirror of the soul and our body speaks its own language. Our body does not forget anything. Our body has its own psyche, which always tries to take the control over us with its own language. We can say, Farzana simply heard that united language of her body and psyche, which came out as a living visual experience of know to unknown


D h a k a A r t C e n t e r p r e s e n t s

Known Unknown
An art exhibition by Farzana Ahmed Urmi
On 16 October, 2014 at 6.30 pm

Eminent artist
Monirul Islam
will inaugurate the exhibition and
Critic Moinuddin khaled
will grace the occasion as special guest
You and your friends are cordially invited

Curated by Wakilur Rahman and Kehkasha Sabah
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Thursday, 2 October 2014

प्रश्न असा- कला-जीवन कि जीवन-कला? by Pankaja JK.

प्रश्न असा-
कला-जीवन कि जीवन-कला?
Pankaja JK.

ACT-I

प्रोफेसर: तुला रेवथी बद्दल काय जाणून घ्यायचे आहे? (करण रेवथी जवळ जाताच) त्याला हात लावू नकोस!

करण: ह्या शिल्पात मला तिचा आत्मा जाणवतो, इतके जिवंत प्रतिक होते की, ती इथेच कुठेतरी आहे असे वाटतेविचारांत गुंतलेली …दुर वाटेवर नजर लावून कुणाची तरी वाट बघत… 

प्रोफेसर: Who the hell are you? कोण आहेस तू?

करण: तुम्ही सांगायचे आहे प्रोफेसर, रेवथी कोण आहे?

प्रोफेसर: मला सत्य आणि कलेतील फरक विचारतोस?

करण: मी खऱ्या रेवथी बद्दल बोलतो आहे. 

प्रोफेसर: ह्या शिल्पाचा आणि रेवथीचा काहीही संबंध नाही. 

करण:मग हे शिल्प स्वयंभू आहे?

प्रोफेसर: मला वाटत तुझ्या समीक्षेचा काहीच उद्देश नाही आहे. बाकीचे exhibition बघ आणि चालायला लाग. माझ्या कलेबद्दल लिहिण्याची काही गरज नाही आहे. 

करण: आम्हाला समीक्षा करण्यासाठी कोणाच्या परवानगीची गरज लागत नाही.  

प्रोफेसर: तुझे नाव??? हां! करण, तर आत्मविश्वासी करण, एक सांग तुम्ही लोकं पोट भरण्यासाठी दुसऱ्याचे आयुष्य expose का करता? असे दुसऱ्यांना धमकावणे सोडा, सर्जनशील व्हा, काहीतरी creative करा.   

करण: मान्य आहे, पण हे जर धमकावणे वाटत असेल तर तुमच्या कामाबद्दल कोण लिहिणार? जर मी नाही लिहिले तर हे दगडज्यांना तुम्ही कलाकृती म्हणता, वजनाच्या भावाने विकले जातील.  

प्रोफेसर: (रागात एक शिल्प फोडत) आश्चर्य वाटलं?  तुझ्या म्हणण्याप्रमाणे हा दगड आहे ना? मी फोडला! तुला शिल्पकार आणि दगद फोड्यातील फरक माहिती आहे का? एका दगड फोड्याचे काम असते यांत्रिकपणे दगड फोडणे, तो त्याचा व्यवसाय अस्तो. पण शिल्पकार दगडाला आकार देताना विचार करतो, विचारांती शिल्प तयार होते, ऐतिहासिक रचना होते. प्राचीन काळातील दगडांवर कोरलेल्या आकृत्या, त्यांचे सांकेतिक भाष्य कोरीव कामात दडलेल्या माहिती, त्याबद्दल तुला काय म्हणायचे आहे? ते कोरणारे दगड फोडे होते कि शिल्पकार?

करण: म्हणजे … 

प्रोफेसर म्हणजे, तुला काय वाटलं? कला काय आहे? तुला वस्तूंतील गुण कळतात?

करण: असेलही, नाही कळत, पण प्रोफेसर इथे प्रश्न वस्तूंचा नाही, स्त्रीचा आहे. तुम्हाला स्त्रियांच्या गुणांनबद्दल काहीच कळत नाही. …… 



ACT-II
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प्रोफेसर: तुला काय म्हणायचे आहे, स्पष्ट बोल. 

करण: तुम्ही तर '' म्हणता ताक ओळखता! एक सांगा, प्रत्येक कलाकाराची कुणीतरी  प्रेरणा असते, त्यातून निर्माण केलेली कलाकृती त्याच्या स्वतःच्या आयुष्याइतकीच मोलाची असते न?

प्रोफेसर: हो, अगदी खर आहे. त्या कलाकृतीचे मोलच नसते. 

करण: तुम्ही सगळी शिल्प विकलीत, मग रेवथी का नाही? ती विकणारच नाही, असे ठाम का आहात? का? कोण आहे ती?

प्रोफेसर: करण! काहीही अर्थ लावण्याचा प्रयत्न करू नकोस. आपल्या समीक्षेला कल्पकता देऊ नकोस. मी फक्त एक शिल्पकार आहे. तुझ्या सारखेच मला हे शिल्प जिवंत भासते, त्यातील आत्मा मला आकर्षित करतो. बस्स! एवढेच!

करण: मग विकून टाका.  

प्रोफेसर करण!! नाही, कधीच नाही … 

करण: कारण?

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