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Entry : Free
Event Details : 'Distorted Liberation' A Solo Show of art works by Aditya Vikram Sen.
An expanse of mutilated forms and grotesque figures, some just faces, others in fulsome portraits or nude postures, many as charcoal drawings on paper, others in oil pastels on board or canvas, most looking lonesome and lost, and a few playing music, make an engaging and captivating art-scape. Somewhat akin to Francis Bacon, and in a vein similar to Jogen Chowdhury’s, though sans his humour; appear the art works in this debut exhibition by NID trained artist-designer Aditya Vikram Sengupta. His creative track has traversed from animation to graphic design to film direction as well as composing and making music on the piano.
There are impressive drawings and melodramatic paintings of shrieking faces and contorted figures partly human and partly apes, some in black & white and others in colour that seem to incorporate a steak of abstraction and on occasions blurring, within a surrealist representation. There are also installations and a video work in the collection that stem from the same ethos and evoke similar sensations. The work is reflective of the artist’s interest in humanism but also spectacle, sex and violence that is so pervasive in today’s media and real world that he and we inhabit. His creations appear somewhat gross and distorted but also ethereal and partly liberating, as a collection of bleak narratives that are marked for their bold energy, raw emotions and fine execution.
Aditya’s varied experiences have clearly impacted on his refreshingly creative art track. There are charcoal drawings on paper, graphite, pen and ink as well as colourful paintings in oil pastels and mixed media on paper, canvas, wood and board. Mostly in small size, and untitled, his work seems to get its energy from his spontaneous and rapid strokes, that the artist claims he does not preplan. For someone who appears to be a carefree happy young man in real life, creating such distorted forms, it seems is a counter balancing act and a liberating experience.