Saturday 2 December 2023

Exploring 'Myth and its Aftermaths': A Unique Artistic Journey at Aakriti Art Gallery's Artist Residency and Bronze Sculpture Workshop

 Kolkata, India - Aakriti Art Gallery proudly announces an exclusive Artist Residency and Bronze

Sculpture Workshop, conceptualized and curated by Delhi based independent Art Historian Dr. Soujit Das, a former Assistant Professor of Government College of Art and Craft Calcutta. This creative event, centered around the theme 'Myth and its Aftermaths: An Exploration of Contemporary Sculptural

Practices,' is set to take place from the 6th to 11th of December, 2023.

The picturesque Bachhawat Estate located in Madhupur, Badu Road, Barasat, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India; will serve as the creative hub for this distinctive artist residency. This residency will foster creative and intellectual dialogue as established artists will come together to explore the profound interplay between myths, society, and politics in today's capricious world. The participating artists - a stellar line-up comprising Aditya Basak, Akhil Chandra Das, Atin Basak, Chaitali Chanda, Chhatrapati Dutta, Debabrata De, Jayashree Chakravarty, Mansoor Ali, Mukulendu Pathak, Shanta Samanta, Shanti Swaroopini, Subrata Biswas, Sudip Roy, and Tapas Biswas, will lead a thought-provoking discourse through their sculptural expressions.

The theme for the residency draws inspiration from Roland Barthes' seminal work 'Mythologies,' inviting artists to unravel the evolving nature of myths and their profound impact on contemporary cultural landscapes. The curator emphasizes, "Myths are not relics of the past but live on as influential cultural forces, shaping and being shaped by our complex global society." During the residency, artists will delve into the realms of appropriation and deconstruction of myths, challenging conventional narratives and revealing the hidden symbols and ideologies that shape our perceptions. The works produced will aim to dismantle established polysemous narratives, empowering viewers to question and re-evaluate the stories that shape their reality. Moreover, the exhibition aims to underscore the global nature of myths in an interconnected world dominated by technology and media. The fruits of the collective creative labour will be exhibited next year along with a publication authored by the Curator, documenting the entire process. This experience promises to be a visual and intellectual treat, offering a unique perspective on how myths continue to influence and evolve in our lives.

Aakriti Art Gallery and the participating artists will host an Open Day Session for general public, artists and Press on 10th December between 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Bachhawat Estate.

For press inquiries and additional information

Please contact:
Mr Sumit Das
Gallery Assistant

Aakriti Art Gallery Kolkata
12/3a, Orbit Enclave, Picasso Bithi, Mullick Bazar, Park Street area,
Kolkata, West Bengal 700017
Phone: +91 – 79806 13424

About Aakriti Art Gallery Kolkata: Aakriti Art Gallery Kolkata is a premier platform dedicated to
showcasing modern and contemporary art, fostering creative dialogues, and promoting artistic
innovation within India's cultural landscape. Through exhibitions, residencies, and workshops, Aakriti
Art Gallery continues to champion artistic excellence and cultural exchange.

Thursday 30 November 2023

2005 Pomogrante Book

My Paintings gain life after their sale; else they lie dead in my studio.

My paintings are not showpieces. You cannot decorate your drawing room to make it look beautiful, but you can decorate your mind with it to make your body beautiful.

Most of my time is spent in traveling by local trains in Mumbai. I prefer it to any other mode of traveling. It is the institute for me. Thousands of minds brush with each other every single moment. People have their own news, views, opinions, reactions, sometimes resulting in mass appeal. I can view the emotional and practical reaction of the fellow citizens by interacting with them and I think they are all creative minds and provide lot of essence to my creation. I see a person trading in vegetables or scraps has more perfect knowledge of economics and politics of the world. He doesn't need a degree or big fat books to update his knowledge; the everyday struggle is guide for him. That's something different which you find only in local trains. It also represents mini India with its clashes and unity projected from time to time. People converse and argue as if discussing the issue in the world conference.
Variation is but natural in my paintings. Just as Heraclitus had rightly said, ‘It is not possible to step twice in the same river.’ My paintings too are most spontaneous expressions rather than well planned process so you will always find variety in the work. Every work has different appeal and presentation method, setting different moods with use of topic relevant colors, forms and style. Painting is not just passion for me; it is a part of my life. I paint when I get stimulated to do so. There are times when for days together I do not paint at all.
I gradually was introduced to Galileo, Heraclitus, Osho, Mirza Galib, Kabir, and Lao Tuz and their lives. Their philosophies have greater impact on my work and my self being. Pablo Picasso is great artist; I worked as a volunteer for one month in NGMA, Mumbai because of passion for Pablo Picasso, during his paintings exhibition, just to be close to his art work. Though his work has good impact on my life, but it does not influence my work. I cannot even follow foot step of my own work. I am going to be a part of 2008 BNHS Greenscape-2 Art Auction by Pheroza Godrej. I am also part of the group show by Harmony Art Foundation 2008 and many things more. Life is full of works!

The artist lives and works in Mumbai

2005 Pomogrante Book by Tathi Premchand


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