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Project in G.159 March 13, 2016

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‘The thin line’ by Asmita Sarkar – a show of painting as installation and painterly installation exploring the thin line separating what threatens and what pleases our senses. With friendly help from Nihaal Faizal. 

 – 8 March 2016
gallery timings : 4pm – 8pm or by appointment
G.159, 2nd floor, House No. 159,
SFS 208 colony, Yelahanka New Town

Art Workshop in Chetla Government Home— July 25, 2013

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A Report Supported by Peace-work; an initiative of the seagull foundation of the arts.


In my art work-shops I had some specific aims. I have been interacting with these kids for some time. They are very achievement oriented and look for approval. Some of them have approached me on their own, and shown me their art works,. Some of those are very conventional and rigid but some are drawn from imagination and very creatively done. In my workshop I just wanted to show them that there is more to making art than copying and depicting objects. So I got some crayons and paper and thought about asking them to draw something abstract. Then one kid came up and showed me a poem that he composed. It was wonderful, rhythmic and matured beyond his years. It was about monsoon rain. (Translation will not do justice to the poem, so I put up his hand written version). I asked the kids to draw monsoon rain and cloud. I myself stated to draw cloud and rain, with chalk.        


.I told them to forget all the pictures they have seen before and asked them to draw how does cloud and rain feel like. I encouraged them to use different colours in cloud, to experiment and to play with the process of mark making. Which they did and I can see that some of them opening up and moving the crayons freely.       


     I had, in an earlier session, related Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘Little Mermaid’ and the Greek myth called ‘Icarus’s Flight’. The two paintings were exquisitely done—they were emotive and vivacious. These paintings filled my heart with happiness as I realized that without being asked he had illustrated the stories I had told him


little mermaid

A few days later I got the chance to take a few more art sessions. This time is we were to colour cardboard boxes with acrylic paint, markers and crayon. We had to make them look pretty because they are to be used as container for game tools and storybooks. I showed them what to draw and where to draw. They carried on and kept inventing new patterns and using the colours and materials in different ways. I joined in and gave them some instruction and also the freedom to be spontaneous and having fun.

Collective Memory and Cathartic gestures:- a collaborative exhibition between two young artist Asmita Sarkar and Katarina Chomova February 11, 2012

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For this show Katarina,[originally from Czech Republic, her paintings has its subject matter in Chernobyl] has stated that childhood memory and memory of the home is the driving force of her work. The aftermath of a tragedy has emigrated into her painterly gesture and mark making.  Katharina’s works are subtle and are not overtly resonating with the dark theme.

        In contemporary art theories the gesture of mark-making has been dealt seriously. According to some prominent theorists compulsive mark making indicates a ‘…loss of something that has never been’. Making a mark has been compared to combating with loss and displacement.

While I created installation drawings of ‘creepy crawls’, flowers depicting blood, bruises and pain which are inspired by cultural memories of India. Making mark has been compared to combating with loss and displacement. My work deals with a romantic vision of ‘.A loss of something that has never been’. Essence of Baudelaire find it’s visual equivalence in vermilion, henna and Japanese water-colour technique. Mythical beautiful Orient reveals it-self in pretty patterns written in blood. I used decorative patterns from Bengal, far-eastern water-colour techniques to create a surreal and poetic narrative of pleasure and pain

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a look inside; solo show in Fyvie April 9, 2011

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a look inside your mind…...

Fyvie is a typical north east village in Scotland. Where a couple liked my work and invited me to exhibit in their family owned shop/gallery. The particular space and the warmth of these two interesting people has had a very positive effect on my works…

The Magician and The Surgeon; concept and curation Asmita Sarkar November 6, 2010

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In collaboration with Limousine Bull is an artist-led space with an open membership 01224 877001

Preview: Friday 29 September 2010, 7 – 9pm
Open: Saturday 30 September and Sunday 31 September, 12 – 5pm

Asmita Sarkar and Katarzyna Slawska are two recent MA Graduates from Gray’s School of Art who will be presenting a joint weekend exhibition of portraits in painting and photographic media.

The similarity and the difference in their work is the focus of the show.

Statement for the exhibition;

Portrait paintings and portrait photographs serve the same aim; to document reality and to represent identity, but the manifold difference between these two genres reveals itself prominently.

More than half a century ago Walter Benjamin compared the painter to a magician and the photographer to a surgeon:

“The painter maintains in his work a natural distance from reality, the cameraman penetrates deeply into its web. There is a tremendous difference between the pictures they obtain. That of the painter is a total one, that of the cameraman consists of multiple fragments which are assembled under a new law.”

In this exhibition realistic portraits and invented, digitally enhanced photographs of people share the same space. Reality and invention mingle. Paintings start with magic but sometimes they come very close to real experiences. Capturing a physical resemblance to the sitter is not sufficient to make a good portrait. It has to contain an assemblage of moment and the experience of looking by the painter. On the other hand the photograph starts from reality, but thanks to digital technology it can take a new invented form, insinuating meaning and significance that are alien to the “real subject” of the photograph.

Asmita Sarkar

This exhibition, though of a collaborative nature, is mainly my concept where a classmate from our Master course, Katarzyna  has contributed her photographic portraits. These portraits go very well with some of very realistic paintings that I have produced early this year. Portraits that are expressive and that have a story can elevate art practice in a different stratum. For the moment, subtle emotional expressions like a purse in the lips and eye gaze are my point of concentration. These expressions give away a lot about someone’s personality. And they are very universal across cultures and time.

While Katarzyna was interested in applying imagery from the history of art, religion, mythology, film  or popular culture to portrait photography. Her work is aimed to evoke associations based on our common knowledge and expose the fact that our perception is determined by cultural    pre-conceptions. I found interesting similarity and contrast between her works and mine.

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Halloween Project at Huntly; Secular Yearning for the sacred October 30, 2010

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Drawing is a secular yearning for the sacred. The fun, frolic and apparently light hearted nature of the festival of Halloween have a ancient historic root, which is Celtic in origin. In my project I tapped into this mythic and mysterious side of the Festival. Apparently Halloween has pagan origin, which was in Roman time a festival of Fertility. I made drawings/painting in the nature of mural in appropriate locations which is good for public inter-action; I did choose art-work in the type of my “creepy crawlers”. The reason for this is that these images have a quality of yearning. They does not belong to any particular religious iconography, But they are mystic.  I have already drawn them on the wall of our art school and observed the onlooker’s reaction. Most of the time, their reaction is disconcertment and wonder. I   feel that these images have some uncanny quality in them which is uncanny and aesthetic at the same time.

The aim of the project was to put art works in unexpected places. How it will affect the perception of the viewer. Can the unusual nature of the symbols and icons will be enough to produce mystery and intimation of something sacred, can it indicate or point towards the mystic roots and history of Halloween.

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Master degree Show September 4, 2010

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“All the intricate philosophy of mark, sign and traces plays out in drawing, it is the place where blindness, touch and resemblance become visible and it is the site of the most sensitive of negotiation between the hand, the eye and the mind.”
Colours, though vibrant and distinct in my works are secondary in importance. To hold these vibrant colours I have to use lines and drawing. Trying to draw expression is the process where the content and the medium become the same. Since drawing is one of the prime and basic mode of expression. I have studied psychology up to master’s level. Language, thought and cognition were my concentration. For me drawing is a language which gives the glimpse of a different reality.
In my show I have tried to reach several dimensions through figuration; Narratives, stories, religion, music, rhythm and internal world of sensation and perception.

How stories turn into songs and words go away from songs and it turn into pure music. This music merges into world of natural sound; .Like that of a shrill cry of a seagull.

The wonderful thing about drawing is that though it one can hear sound, feel tactile sensation and movement, create meaning through the eye.

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