Thursday 11 December 2014

Press Release: Curated by Ranjit Hoskote, ‘The Shadow Trapper’s Almanac’, is Tanmoy Samanta’s first solo exhibition in Bombay


Curated by Ranjit Hoskote, ‘The Shadow Trapper’s Almanac’, is Tanmoy Samanta’s first solo exhibition in Bombay. It features gouache paintings on rice paper and recycled book sculptures, two integral facets of his practice. Samanta’s practice explores notions traditionally associated with sculpture, including “volume and void, relief and surface, container and content.” In Samanta’s delicate works on paper, we find elements of cutout and collage reminiscent of Surrealist and Dada practices as well as a nuanced surety that echoes the style of the miniature. Samanta begins a painting by layering rice paper onto a thicker base, using a series of colours going from dark to light. His book works explore various types of books, including the kitab, the muraqqa, and the laporetto.Each book engages the viewer’s imagination in a unique way. Samanta’s use of desaturated colour and texture evokes a sense of rich nostalgia in the ordinary. According to Hoskote “Tanmoy Samanta’s works, with their combination of exhilaration and menace, formal playfulness and philosophical depth, remind us that art is not an escape from the world, but a route that leads us back, replenished by dream and vision, to the perplexities of the everyday.

Tanmoy Samanta (b. 1973) received a BFA and MFA in Painting from Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan in 1996. He has been awarded a Pollack Krasner Foundation Award (New York – 2013) and a National Scholarship from the Government of India (1995 – 1997).Samanta, who lives and works in New Delhi, was raised in an environment rich in literary and artistic experience. Both his parents were participants in the Bengali ‘little magazine’ movement; he grew up to savour the Tagorean ethos of Santiniketan, developing his practice there and later in the collegial setting of the Kanoria Arts Centre, Ahmedabad. Early in his career, he taught at Rajghat, the Krishnamurti Foundation’s school in Varanasi.

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