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.