Society of Contemporary Artists' 58th annual show brings Bengal's finest to Time and Space, Bangalore
The Society of Contemporary Artists has been organising an annual show every year since its inception and this happens to be their 58th Art show since they formed the collective 58 years ago.
Each annual show is a unique opportunity for the artists to share their creative endeavor with the viewers and critical onlookers.
Each and every artist showcasing their work here with their own language of expression is in retrospect also a testimony of the changing and diverse ways in which the artists have been engaging with their art in terms of formal aspects, thematic concerns and technical innovations.
Different artists of SCA explore diverse mediums like painting, sculpture and printmaking. Out of them, print-making emerged as a very well explored medium by the group members and made a remarkable contribution in the history of Indian print-making.
As one the most eminent art-critics and art-historians of our time Sri Pranabranjan Roy writes, "The role of the Society of Contemporary Artists, Calcutta, in the history of the art of printmaking in India, cannot be overemphasized. … As Arun Bose, a founding member, was already an under-trainee at Atelier 17 in Paris and Somnath Hore in Delhi was establishing his reputation as a versatile printmaker, it was decided to turn the 157B Lenin Sarani space into a printmaking studio. Somnath was instrumental in getting a small intaglio press…. the studio attained professional level when Arun Bose on his return from Paris made it his studio and started being a mentor to his friends and colleagues."
As Arun Bose with his background of a practitioner of the differential viscosity method of multicolour intaglio prints from single impression began to play the role of a mentor of this technique, intaglio print-making became the most explore mediums and the Society artists excelled in this technique.
The group became the first of its kind to exhibit fine-art prints regularly. This medium becomes not only very popular but Society of Contemporary Artists is the first group who was largely exhibited the print show in India.
In the 25 anniversary of SCA first printmaking portfolio was published and in 2017 a printmaking portfolio was launched for the third time. Before that group printmaking was never practiced so consistently or largely exhibited.
On the occasion of 58 annual exhibition the members of SCA worked very enthusiastically for the show. Nineteen artists participated in these show who are active member of Society of Contemporary Artists.
Participating artists in this show are Aditya Basak, Akhil Ch. Das, Atanu Bhattacharya, Atin Basak, Bimal Kundu, Dipak Banerjee, Ganesh Haloi, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Manik Talukdar, Manoj Dutta, Manoj Mitra, Manu Parekh, Niranjan Pradhan, Pankaj Panwar, Pradip Maitra, Rajen Mondal, Sanat Kar, Srikanta Paul and Sunil Kumar Das.
The diversity evident in the works is surely a positive sign of the large spectrum – both stylistic and thematic – the artists are working in. The show titled Journey Envisioned is thus a reflection of both a collective endeavour and individual quests.
In any case they shine with the brilliant light of collective sustenance – a very important requirement of our time.
“Journey Envisioned” by The Society of Contemporary Artists co-hosted by Karle Town Centre in association with Aarasa at Gallery Time and Space, Lavelle Road, Bangalore. Opens on January 21, 3pm-8 pm. On show until February 9, 2018.