What is Art? Often people describe it as an expression of an imagination in creative form. Does that mean I am an artist too? I would like to believe I am. However, as much I have tried to understand and learn art I have failed to say, I do. As I pass through the abstracts and conceptual art, what are they even talking about when they say that?
The curiosity brought me to a situation where I spent hours thinking about what a plain red dot could mean? The deeper I went, my thoughts changed depending on my mood, as my brain functioned. I thought how one sculpture, poem a song can narrate different stories to different people. And soon, everything I knew about art, was counterfeit.
Art is not an everyone’s card of ace but sure it is that form, everyone lives in. It is the broadened and diversified aspect of life. Art is to look, see and think. It’s the circle of life where we evaluate, negotiate and acquire it.
As its magic unfolded, with that in my marrow I began to feather write a story. A few days later, one of the daily errands ran me into Emami Group (for a quick meeting) the city’s business house, that I thought it was until I saw an interesting standee in front of the Emami Building that said, “Emami Art Gallery”. Out of curiosity and like a child learning about new forms of life, I decided to enquire about it from the armed security and entered through its doors. Like a nomad, I took a quick round and started to devolve a conversation with the representative there. Not because I was confused, but thrilled to look at the pieces of art. The art that I could narrate to, understand appeared like an album of vintage frames from my father’s treasure chest. On the other hand, there was a reflection of work that depicted everyday errands in various complex forms but I related. There was a few intricate work too, that I am not ashamed of telling I didn’t understand a bit, but what is art without a bit of complexity to a layman like me.
However, art displayed at “Emami Art Gallery” introduced different people, ideas, different places, circumstances and cultures, discipline and freedom through its display.
Also, to my surprise and another piece of news, it was just not an ordinary art show/exhibition but a display of work of young and upcoming art talents, as a part of the national level competition where artists from different parts of the country participated.
Without getting more philosophical and being one of that art talk lady, here are a few of my favorite pieces.
Remarkable printmaking artwork ‘Mother Diary’ by Dasaratha Das made in the year 2016.
Beautiful sculpture made by Munmun Garia in the year 2016.
“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” ‘Responsible dad’ by Anil Boosa.
Installation with debris, pen & ink on polyptych by Mainak Chakraborty.
Hell in earth by Soma Das. A beautiful wooden sculpture by Arjun Das ‘Study of an object from Life’.
Real man by Sadananda Bhuti.
Marvelous sculpture ‘(LAB)ORATORY’ by Saurav Roy Chowdhury.
The exhibition showcased 140 pieces of exquisite artwork out of 1500 entries by 133 participating artists in diverse categories like drawing /painting /photograph/ sculpture etc. The exhibition runs until 4th April 2017 and the good news is, the pieces are for sale pricing from Rs. 15,000 onwards. Art was this affordable, did you know?
Emami Chisel Art, Emami Tower,
687 Anadapur, Em Bypass, Ground Floor
Kolkata – 700107