by Ashraful Hasan
alternate year, the Young Artists' Art Exhibition provides
a chance to survey the art of the young. The amassing of the
latest crop of works by artists below 35 years of age is an
occasion for many an artist to emerge into the art scene.
Although the main stakeholders usually either belong to the
contingent that have passed out of the two biggest art institutions
in Dhaka and Chittagong and the ones who are still studying
there, many other artists participate from places far and
a threshold to enter the art world, where giants rule. New
trends usually surface in this show. Though newer turf developed
over the years as many private galleries have sprang up and
groups of young artists are also trying to make headway on
their own, the Shilpakala Academy organised exhibition still
remains a main attraction and provide a chance for the young
artists to show their art works on the national level.
Artists' Art Exhibition may seem a bit dull compared to the
ones that preceded it. This biannual show has the long tradition
of bringing to the forth artists that later would gain national
fame. In the present show what is lacking is the absence of
entries that strive to redefine art. Not that we had many
artists showing original talent in the preceding shows, yet
there were some like GS kabir, Alok Roy, Monsurul Karim, Shahid
Kabir and the likes first emerged with their signature art
works. This show certainly lack the presence of artists whose
works carry such signs for uniqueness, the element of newness
and surprise certainly is nowhere to found. The entries are
predictable, in fact the relay of paintings -- the imagery
on two dimensional surfaces -- may produce the strumming of
the eyes, as many works simply seem like exercises in colour
mediums like graphic and sculpture may provide the breather
one needs standing among works on canvas. However, one exceptional
work that is sure to draw many a pair of eyes to its stark,
but poetic realism is an acrylic on canvas by Ashraful Hasan.
The work titled "Dhahan" (Burn-8) is a realist rendition
of a tree trunk with entwined roots suggestive of human body
parts. Compared to the black painting with blue patterns in
it, by Uttam Kumar Roy, which grabbed the Young Artists' Award
this year, this work seems like a feast for the eyes. The
work felched the Best Award in Painting.
Islamís tapestry |
Hasan Rafiís Cosmic Life and Itís Past Dream-3
Best Award in graphics was an exercise in black and white.
A lithograph showing two bicycles on stand explores the beauty
of line and chiaroscuro.
the three Honourable Mention awards, the brightness of colour
seems to have won over the jury. The amassing of faces of
world leaders and the appropriation of the last supper by
Vinci in the works by Shahjahan Ahmed Bikash is the only painting
that got the Honourable Mention award that explores a contemporary
theme by juxtaposing it against history -- both of painting
and the world.
take the back seat in this show. Although few of the works
takes up a lot of space, as their size and concept is overbearing,
the creative energy seems to have hit the lowest ebb. Nurul
Amin's ceramic structure that got the Best Award in sculpture
builds on familiar methods.
that took three months of hard work on the part of the people
involved in it, showcases the art world's newer denizens,
who fails to deliver anything fresh in terms of concept and
artistic language. Though, there are works belonging to the
newer trends that thrived in shows organised by young exponents
of the new-guard, but in the Shilpakala Show that trend in
featured only with inferior entries.
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