Thoughts on Structure

Delhi based artist Shovin Bhattacharjee has a BFA and MFA in Painting from the Fine Arts Dept, Assam University, Silchar. Most of Shovin’s works are a quiet, yet intense comparison of a macrocosmic and microcosmic view of the world around him. In his works, he has experimented with various styles of depiction, and of late he has been working in a style which has allusions of architectural formations.

If one were to observe closely, these are geometrical shapes, so arranged in perspective that they create an almost impermeable edifice. One is left to take in the entirety of the structure only to realise that it is porous in its own way. This looming impermeability contrasted with an even sudden porosity of the structures quizzes the viewer. In all of this, the artist emerges like small figurines in various poses within this humungous structure. A sense of palpability is brought in by these tiny artist clones who in a way humanise the edifice and in turn, give the work its life balance.

While one considers how the structure is actually designed, almost in a grid-like strict graphical form, held together by uniformity, discipline and some kind of a blind order, the introduction of the human touch, by means of the artist’s presence in the work, breaks the rigidity of the work, as if to remind the viewer of our pre-conceived notions and prejudices which we so dearly hold close to ourselves. A relook is hinted at in the work as Shovin quietly takes the viewer from the outside of the looming macrocosmic structure, into the depths of its microcosmic core, from the public to personal, asking a simple question, Why not?

Shovin Bhattacharjee lives and works in Delhi.


About the Author:

A marine biologist by training, Sushma Sabnis has been pursuing her interest in painting and writing since she left her career as a scientist over a decade ago. With a few solo and group exhibitions to her credit in Mumbai and Delhi, Sushma has also been instrumental in bringing young contemporaries together for a series of curated exhibitions called Adwaita, a platform for arts created by her.  In 2012, she launched herself into full time art writing and her essays and features have appeared in noted art journals including Art & Deal and Creative Minds, Arts Illustrated. She has been a contributing editor to the online magazine CartAnArt. She also manages The Art Daily and Art Tehelka, two online platforms for art writing and her reviews on art shows, art festivals have appeared in leading news papers. She has written several catalogue essays, descriptions and forewords for noted artists and painters and also introduced through profile writings, many of the young Indian contemporary artists.