View In Room
View In Room
Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 205cm (H) x 304cm (W) / 80.7" (H) x 119.7" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Whenever an artist produces a new body of works, one’s first instinct is to hold it up against the earlier ones and ask, “What’s new in this?” Looking back at the subjects and building blocks of Satadru Sovan’s older works, one is familiar with his canvas that examines cyberspace, social networking and cyber-visions of blurred gender – “thumbnail portraits of the virtual lives of the sexually aware, seeking netizen” – as he had described them earlier. Toned bodies, honed faces, urban landscapes airbrushed clean of anything ugly – as perfect a world as that of someone’s profile in cyberspace. The elements that have been carried over from his earlier works are in full narrative force here. However, looking at his new work, one notices the emergence of new leitmotifs and an increased dependence on them to suggest patterns of behavior that the artist finds interesting. An inventory of some of the new motifs includes the kingfisher – that brilliantly plumed bird that waits patiently and then darts underwater for its prey, much like the scrap-hungry netizen. The messages in his new works are as fleeting as the domain they inhabit. The new world has nothing but floating relationships. These relationships need no nest, no house. Even the houses float. Nothing is in one place. People and places flow. Emotions flow. Illusions are now even more illusory. It’s a fascinating world that Satadru Sovan conjures, even a beautiful one – though not a very happy one.
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Based in: India
Studies: 1998-2000 MFA in painting,Visva Bharati,Kala Bhavan,Santiniketan, West Bengal,India.
1993-1998 BFA in painting,Visva Bharati,Kala Bhavan,Santiniketan, West Bengal,India
SOLO EXHIBITION: 2015 "unseen/ [occult]" at Namseo Gallery ,Cheongju,Korea 2014 Debonair coins at New space Art Foundation,Hue,Vietnam 2012 “VIRTUAL TINGLE” Lakeside Gallery West Michigan city, US 2011 “Cyberomanticisms”Galerie ,Alliance Francaise, by Montage arts 2010 ”Netizens & Cyberscapes”Lakeside Art gallery west, Michigan City,IN,USA
2008 SMS.…..Buzzin sensation, Nitanjali Art Gallery, New delhi 2007 “Cross Cultural Celebration”: Digital Video Installation and Net-based Art,Faculty Gallery, UCSC, California 2007 “Sensuality” ,Senior Gallery University of California Santa Cruz, by DANM
2007 Metrospection ,Galerie ,Alliance Francaise, by De Montage arts 2006 Digital Age, The Taj Palace Hotel, by De Montage arts 2004 IT Culture@art.techno, DMA Art Gallery CP, and South Ext., New Delhi
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