Two Solo Exhibitions by Ashish Avikunthak and Sakti Burman
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, July 15, 2024

Two Solo Exhibitions by Ashish Avikunthak and Sakti Burman
La Comedie Humain, Sakti Burman, Copyright the artist, image courtesy Aicon London.

LONDON.- 'Archetype' consists of two related solo exhibitions, one by the film-maker Ashish Avikunthak and one by the painter Sakti Burman.

In the ground floor gallery Avikunthak presents the18 minute long 16mm film 'Endnote (Antaral)' that follows three women who reminisce about their time at school and affirm their old friendships with each other. However, each also shares a secret with one another about the third, a secret that is never made known to the viewer. The narrative is based on Samuel Beckett's short play 'Come and Go'. Beckett referred to this piece, which lasts between 121 words and 127 words depending on translation, as a 'dramaticule'. In Beckett's play, three women sit side by side and make small talk before the character in the centre gets up and walks out of earshot. This begins the choreographed set of revelations where each character at some point is in the central position and at another point out of earshot. Avikunthak's film is longer than Beckett's play: "I did not want to make a film that simply mimicked the structure that Beckett had constructed", he has said, "but I wanted to experiment with the narrative…and push the polysemic narrative instrinsic to the play to further its disenchantment." The first half of 'Endnote' might be seen as a deconstruction of Beckett, with the second part, a reconstruction.

Avikunthak has stated that he was drawn to 'Come and Go' because its intricate formal structure produces a profound sense of melancholic trauma. In 'Endnote (Antaral)' this is given a heightened personal twist - the film is shot in Avikunthak's childhood home and the cast are non-professional actors; his wife, her sister and his sister. He has described the work as not being about memory per se but about the processes of his own interactions with his own memories. Avikunthak is an experimental filmmaker who has been making films in India from the mid-1990s. His films have been shown at Tate Modern, Centre George Pompidou, Pacific Film Archive, Goethe Institute Calcutta and Yale University amongst other venues. Avikunthak splits his time between Calcutta and Yale University where he teaches.

Sakti Burman is exhibiting a selection of recent paintings in the lower ground floor gallery. Born in 1935 in Calcutta, Burman initially studied at the Government College of Arts & Crafts before going to Paris to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. There Burman was influenced by the work of Bonnard and Matisse and on a subsequent trip to Italy encountered Renaissance painting. This fed into his own practice, in particular his specked technique of paint application, although somewhat paradoxically this subsequently enabled his pictorial language to echo Indian decorative pattern-making. Subsequently commentators have reference a wide range of art history in talking about Burman's work, from Ajanta murals through to the work of Chagall.

Like Chagall, Burman presents imagery that veers between the dream-like, the mythic and the hallucinatory. The pictorial space on his canvases are filled with dense, intensely coloured, textural detail. By contrast the figures in his watercolours are more freefloating, less anchored in within the heavily detailed landscapes of his paintings. Each work resembles a dreamscape populated by sometimes by Ireligious figures, animals and contemporary figures, often floating incongruently in space in relation to each other. There is a deliberate use of symbolism and allegory with characters carrying particular objects or riding on particular animals. One commentator on his works Amina Okada notes that looking at Burman's work is a process of "discovering via the by-lanes, unexpectedly and inevitably subjective, some old friends, some forgotten acquaintances, or antique souvenirs that ought to have been entombed in the innermost depths of memory." Over the last year Burman has had solo shows in New York and New Delhi. His first solo show took place in Calcutta in 1954 and his first solo show in the UK took place at the Piccadilly Gallery in 1961.

As the art historians Paul Wood and Charles Harrison have noted, Carl Jung's psychoanalytical theory has had an impact on artists through the 20th century, and in particular his insistence on the collective nature of the unconscious. They note, "Jung conceived of the unconscious as shaped by the accumulated experience of humanity, which settled down as sediment in the form of 'archetypes'. These are…innate dispositions to respond to certain basic kinds of experience, such as desire and loss. Thus for Jung the archetypes affected the creation of symbols, myths and legends…" ('Art in Theory, 1900-2000: an anthology of changing ideas' ed. Charles Harrison and Paul Wood, p.378)

Today's News

September 16, 2009

Museo del Prado Closes Sorolla Exhibition After Breaking a Ten Year Old Attendance Record

Marlborough Gallery Features Thirty-Three Bronze Sculptures by Russian Born Artist, Grisha Bruskin

More than a Bookstore, Larry Gagosian Opens New Space to Sell Exclusive Works

Artists Create Works About Mary Magdalene Inspired by Met's New Opening Night Production

Portraits of Aspiring Olympian and Teenage Prisoner Make Shortlist for Photographic Prize

Works by Iron Sculptor Paul Wiedmer on View at Museum Tinguely

Forty-Five of the World's Most Prominent Dealers will be Present at Pavilion of Art & Design London

Second Temple Period Stepped Street Discovered in Israel

Explore the Role of Heroes in Society with Over 100 Works of Art

Sixty New York-Based Artists Featured in Exhibition at Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Roma

Bob Dylan to Exhibit at the National Gallery of Denmark

Spencer Museum of Art Showing International Posters for Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment

The Museum of Modern Art Presents the World Premiere of Joan Braderman's The Heretics

Detroit Institute of Arts Big Art Sale October 1 and 2

Two Solo Exhibitions by Ashish Avikunthak and Sakti Burman

American/Swiss Collaborative Artist Couple Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler Exhibit at Aargauer Kunsthaus

New Art Institute Exhibition Pieces Together Rarely Seen Photocollage Albums

Former Picture Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo to Open Exhibition

Guantanamo Allocation Center: Initiative Dedicated to Relocating the Remaining Detainees still in Custody

Turner Contemporary Wins Government Funding Bid to Help Kickstart The Learning Revolution in Margate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful