‘‘Expressions’’ is an exhibition about the artists’ journey to reflect inner reality the way they sees it. It aims to represent the various practiced ideologies evolved through acceptance or confrontation. The title ‘Expressions’ is in part a literal reference to internal and external interface of human desire in diverse modes of expression. Significantly, artists bring their own language of expression with tuned responses of varied forms of lines and color. The aim is to explore and establish intensified creative dialogue so that the self and the other can meet. The exhibition features work of six contemporary artists in India. These works generate a visual reciprocal relation between the artist, the art-form and the viewer.
As the artists investigate this fundamental concept, the medium of color comes alive to explore the unchartered, full of infinite possibilities of time. For instance, the appeal of Asit Kumar Patnaik’s works is embodied in his deft negotiations between, and across, several binaries- figurative and abstract, man and woman, background and foreground, lines and colors, singular and plural. The very juxtaposition of semi realistic figures against abstract background continues to unsettle the conventional distinction between reality and abstraction. It is through subtle variations in their positions and their gestures and gaze that he communicates to the viewers his experiences and observations on various aspects of human relationships. while Bratin khan’s works, strong influences of poetic rendering, curvaceous figures from Indian mythology can be seen. His figuration which is often surrounded by nature is marked for its beauty and balanced compositions. Artist, Kamar Alam’s artworks reflect supremacy of God in a single form, who empower us to inculcate the belief, desire and acceptance of constant changes from one ideology to other, similarly his body of works narrate the turmoil through transition of facial and bodily expression. Ramesh Gorjala introduces us to the potential in his strong figurative lines in detailed mythological portrayals of various Indian Gods and Goddess. His style is unique where he mixes multiple figures in an integrated subject, all combined towards a big protagonist character to Hindu God and Goddess. even the artist Shampa Sircar Das’s works talks about the female principle, not just as a larger than life goddess but as an idea or an energy denoting or idealizing different virtue or facets of human nature. whether it is Durga which glorifies or denotes courage or valiance, Saraswati learning, Lakshmi wealth or Kali denoting creation. These are attributes, which are latent in all of us, and those that we all aspire towards; to reach the innate Devi that is a woman and Shubhra Das’s artworks are an expression of her momentary feelings in relation to geometrical and natural forms. It is an overlapping of human emotions and visual appearance. The images are an outcome of sensitivities, developed through childhood memories and experiences. Nature plays a very important role as the nurturer and destroyer to create an enduring experience in her works.