Abhisek Mukherjee – “Background for Thoughts” – March 4 – 29, 2020

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Background for Thoughts”
by Abhisek Mukherjee

Exhibition Dates: March 4 – 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

For Abhisek Mukherjee, life is a series of breaths. To perceive only when the seer and the seen are perfectly aligned signifies a connection between them, and fosters an environment of stewardship.

Mukherjee’s work is a medium intended to create a sense of awareness, inviting the viewer to interact with nature. We often identify the most significant places in our childhood with the outdoors, and experience the natural environment in a deep and direct manner—not simply as a background for events, but as a factor and a stimulator. An experience where one is involved, with one’s body, senses, and awareness, is likely to be etched in memory for a long time, and a sympathetic attitude toward nature to resonate in one’s memory.

Through inspiration derived from a love of nature and the experience of solitary walks, Mukherjee explores rela­tionships between time, distance and dimensions. His work unveils surprising coincidences and remarkable affinities in the way we look at a view—whether near or far, high or low, or from inside out.

ARTIST BIO

Abhisek Mukherjee was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), a pioneering city in Indian renaissance, a place long known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Mukherjee has taken a keen interest in art and design since childhood, and holds a Master of Design from NID, a premiere design Institute in India. He is a biophilic sculp­tor, using elements from nature to create scapes and installations. His early work also includes photo-doc­umentaries and clay models. An apparel designer by profession, he is a winner of Best Collection at Max Design Award (2014) and has worked as a designer at Ed Hardy.

At the age of eight, inspired by his father, Mukherjee made his first plant-scape and developed an interest in “painting” with plants; he would collect and bring home natural pieces with which to create eclectic art. He has recently moved to Vancouver, a city abundant in nature that serves as a muse reflective of his art forms. Mukherjee has started a line of planters and handmade cards called Buno, which means “wild” in Bengali, his mother tongue.

Mukherjee’s key purpose and ideology in creating bio designs is to establish a connection between art and its collector. Having seen much magnificent artistry gathering dust, he prefers to explore a medium wherein a user interacts with the sculpture. He celebrates the importance that plants hold in our lives and hopes to someday open a gallery inside a greenhouse.