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Artists

Prasanta Sahu



VIEW WORKS

SHOWS WITH ART ALIVE GALLERY
Emerging India
 The Henry Moore Gallery Royal College of Art London
 29th August 2007 - 4th September 2007
 Art Alive Gallery


Ways of Seeing
 27th August 2005 - 31st August 2005
 Art Alive Gallery



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Statement

Behind our perception lies a definite act of choice, of choosing to look at images from behind a personal experience database. What we see is transformed by what we know and vice versa. Mechanical interventions have made a remarkable impact on human perception- looking at an enlarged close-up of some small insect in a magazine like National Geographic or looking at a 60 by 40 print of a human face in a cinema hoarding changes the usual knowledge/ information about them. It opens another world in front of human eye. The world of both the macro and the micro has been made available to human intervention and interpretation. A tiny square inch of human skin enlarged a hundred times transforms into a different kind of visual which may look like a geographical map or even a piece of fabric. It breaks into a floating mass of strokes and in a close-up view constructs an image within itself. Once the photographic image is selected it is modified and reworked upon, the original image may be recognizable, but when split through enlargement and mapped on canvas on a huge scale, becomes a visual oriented survey documentation/record. In the process it retains the outer shape and the inside details are transformed into abstract motifs. I call this integrated disintegration. Engaging the self to paint over all these details is a mind locking exercise or a slavish act and the final visual along with the whole process may be considered a metaphor for the monotony and repetitions in daily life, the obsessions related with unexposed areas of human mind, youth, sex, physical transformation, & the temporal existence of things.

Biography

Born 1968 in Orissa, Prasanta completed his B.F.A. in Painting from Kala-Bhavana, Visva- Bharati University, Santiniketan in 1993-98 and M.F.A. in Painting from M.S. University, Baroda in 1998-2000. He has been a part of several group shows in Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Baroda during the last few years. He was awarded the Gold Medal for securing 1st position in Dept. of Painting, M.S. University, Baroda in 2001, Nasreen Mohmudi Trust Award again for securing 1st position in M.F.A. from the same University, in 2000, Camlin Award for securing 1st position at B.F.A. level at Kala- Bhavana, Santiniketan in 1997. He was awarded 1st prize at the Eastern Print Biennale, by Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, Kolkata in 1995. He has also received National Scholarship of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Govt. of India in 1996-98. He lives and works in Santiniketan.


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