Sunday 25 May 2014

Clear lines and original shapes. Therefore, his paintings are truly ‘portrayal of verified existences’.- Pankaja JK

I soar in the sky with wings of steel,
My blood rushes like in leaf’s veins,
My heart leaps up like a hand-cart
Bound forward till its fall,
Me a machine?
Or is it other way round?
Platonic are my relations
With all the material things that my life bonds. 

(Prashant Anasane at his studio Mumbai )

The above lines give us clear idea about the unique theme of Prashant Anasane’s paintings and installations. Generally an artist relates life to nature and feels that human being is a Universe in himself. But for Prashant it’s a different world. For him material things are important in human life. Through his creations, Prashant wants to show relationship between people and material world. Material world has played a fundamental role in shaping human thought, society and over all- Evolution. Our developed brain with its extraordinary executive functions evolves under the subtle guidance of tools in use. There is a close physical interaction between Things and people; almost everyday. They are useful and necessary to us, but these useful artifacts still remains ignored.

Things also gain abstract value and have symbolic system like language which has basic parts of speech.  Prashant has presented us the material world and shown that experiences can be expressed in visible artifacts beyond verbal zones. They have the conceptual, emotional and sensual expressions. They perform emotional role. Take the example of earthen things, a God’s idol or a pot of water, both stimulate the senses. His painting of Axe, evokes the feeling of cutting and division.

What makes his paintings unique is, he does not just try to relate natural elements with human beings but tries to highlight on the fact that human progress was and is possible only due evolution and development of Things. And these material things were designed according to needs of people and based on same working theory as that of living being’s body. There is a similarity of structural theory in animate and inanimate things. Things too civilized with times; they were further modified to make human life comfortable. Therefore, advanced things and objects led to progressive and developed human lifestyle. Prashant highlights this interdependence in his paintings. 

( Untitled’ installation at Jehangir Art Gallery Solo show 2013, Kala Ghoda Mumbai)

His ‘Untitled’ painting and installation of hand-cart highlights the need for discovery of things. The cart is in its original form. It symbolizes labor class. It was invented to provide some relief to people carrying heavy luggage. The cart has been serving its purpose in past and even in present times. He has not changed the original structure so as to bring forth the real purpose of the cart.   

The stone-age period things are not painted by him, but his paintings present an advanced stage and starts from the time when iron, copper had creped in to replace the things made directly from the handy, available natural resources. So only advanced stages of Things are portrayed in his creations.
He also shows the deeper connection of inner and outer existence of things. The synthesis of emotions in human beings and synthesis of parts in Things, led to outer expressions in human beings and texture and working of inanimate. He presents s this concept by using canvas and drawing figures on it. The images on it take shape according to internal weave of threads of canvas. Different things may have anatomical similarity; this is clearly projected in his painting of fish and leaf on same canvas. 

Prashant’s paintings make us contemplate the importance of Things in life. The biological evolution can be credited to material culture that plays casual but unavoidable part. Simple, original structures are presented without make-over by colors and without fiddling with original shapes, this makes us deliberate and they grab our attention. Taking into consideration the social point of view, all these creations are worth watching and admiring. 

- by Pankaja JK
  (Freelance art critic & writer:- Art blogazine 2014)
(Prashant Anasane,Sudhakar D. Yadav with friends at Jehangir Art Gallery Solo show 2013, Kala Ghoda Mumbai)

Note: Right since stone-age man’s development and civilization has been associated with material things. Along with basic elements of life, Things or Tools have polished and made human life comfortable. 

Length, breadth, depth and mass of the things led to awareness of matter and energy and their interactions. Co-relation of human being and Things made us promote things as noun, pronoun and relatively as an action. Likewise, human being started communicating through material things. 

As soon as he became aware of micro scientific structure of Things, he modified and developed it further using technology and walked the path of evolution. 
History, geography, social science, environment, science and like wise knowledge and facts of every other field reflect in Things. Prashant has used these reflections in his paintings. Instead of meticulous ornamentation by using colors and attractive shapes, Prashant has presented the theme through clear lines and original shapes. Therefore, his paintings are truly ‘portrayal of verified existences’.

(Copy right  image by artist)

Tuesday 20 May 2014

GenNext is in an all-new avatar! This time it will be held in the National Capital of the country, New Delhi at the new premises of the Aakrii Art Gallery.

GenNext is in an all-new avatar! 

This time it will be held in the National Capital of the country, New Delhi at the new premises of the Aakrii Art Gallery.

With the inception of the new millennium, the dynamism in the art world magnified in all its respective terms and the young contemporary art practitioners began to set new trends and discourses in the field of visual arts. But all these could not have happened if some noble and prospective patrons had not come forward and given this new shape and vision for the younger generation creative minds. And to mark this significance and majesty of the new generation artists, one could unanimously utter one single name “GenNext” – a brand by itself in the contemporary art world of India. The show which had begun as an anniversary exhibition of the Aakriti Art Gallery in Kolkata nearly a decade ago with a handful of young artists below 40 years of age practicing in Kolkata and its nearby localities eventually spread out as a nation-wide exhibition for the young generation artists picking out the best of the best from different corners of the country, from cities to the interior rural belts and then it finally took the global dimension where artists from all over the world just coveted to be a part of this show here in the City of Joy, Kolkata. And in this way GenNext has already completed its seven editions in the last decade. This year, GenNext is getting ready to step in its eighth edition with a much bigger innovative spirit, novel spree and set to go gaga over new motifs, minimal trends, experimental ideas a with a touch of classical nuances in different art forms.

Aakriti Art Gallery, both in Kolkata and now in New Delhi is exclusively set to promote art of every kind and gear up the cultural spirit of the country by connecting the local with the global and now in the country’s capital in this new venture of the eighth edition of Gen Next, Aakriti Art Gallery looks forward to an immense response and participation of the younger generation artists from all over the world. It believes to create an iconic emblem in the field of visual arts - a venture to select, showcase and promote young budding creative minds that otherwise go unnoticed amid the band of recognized artist.

Well, if you are also the one who is simply waiting for this one call from the GenNext Exhibition, what are you waiting for… write in your artworks on a dvd/cd along with your brief profile and send it to Aakriti Art Gallery at its official address in Kolkata. You are absolutely free to select the genre of your work and medium of your choice, you can be a painter, a sculptor, a graphic designer, a video artist, an installation artist, an avant-garde artist, an experimental artist and many more…

it doesn’t matter, if you

have the right kind of passion and something really intriguing in your creative discourse, you could be the one who can definitely make it into the GenNext VIII.
Last day of CD submission is 15th July 2014
So get set go!
Aakriti Art Gallery 12/3A, Hungerford Street, Kolkata 700017, Ph.: 91 33 22893027 / 22895041
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Monday 19 May 2014

Revolution -2014

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Revolution Art 
Group Art Show of Contemporary Art at Art Gate Gallery, Mumbai to be held from: May 22nd – 31st, 2014 Venue: Art Gate Gallery, Churchgate, Mumbai