Works by Sushen Ghosh 1960 - 2016

4 November 2016 – 19 November 2016

Opening: 04 November, 2016, 6:30p.m.


For Sushen Ghosh (b.1940), the mystery of sculpture is how to freeze time. His small and large works, have a palpable but silent dynamism; it is as if time is moving within itself, like atoms in a molecule. Ghosh’s works are informed by Science, Philosophy, Religion and Music. His splintered, geometric, constructivist and tactile forms, primarily explore space and through that exploration, he reflects on time. His larger sculptures seem like blocks of old ruins, haunting in their stillness. Ghosh works with terracotta, bronze, concrete and cement in making his sculptures. Exhibitions of sculptors are incomplete without their drawings, in this retrospective, there are drawings and tempera paintings. Ghosh’s drawings and sculptures seem essentially interested in the form breaking up and assembling again in geometric expressions.

Early in his art career, Ghosh worked from within the figurative tradition. Through learning to play the flute; reading the Upanishads and Tagore poetry and his continued interest in Physics, Ghosh’s art practice progressed towards a “reverse exercise” a negation of the superfluous and towards abstraction. His year at Goldsmiths College in England helped him gather experience in different materials and for the first time, he used ready-mades for assemblages and kinetic sculptures. After he returned from the United Kingdom, Ghosh’s practice witnessed a transformation. His works became minimalist forms, pristine by its paring down of what is not needed. His works evoke a melodic turn where repetition is rhythm and space is the gap – echoing the patterns of Indian classical music. It is that space, between the notes, that Sushen Ghosh reveals – presenting the viewer with a sound, to the silence. The silence is bare but not devoid. The rhythm is set against the undulating and sparse landscape of Birbhum which Ghosh’s sculptures recall.

Dates: 4 November 2016 – 19 November 2016 CIMA Gallery

Venue: CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
Opening: 04 November, 2016, 6:30p.m.

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