THE TWIST OF TIME
Anant Art Gallery, 2006 (November)
Catalogue Essay: Roobina Karode
Aditya Basak is a painter who loves to shake the complacent viewer (of paintings) by providing the necessary discomfort in encountering his dark world, packed with uneasy presences. What emerges is a disjointed reality that seems to address buried histories, the burden of civilizational narratives and the existential temper of our times. The clash between geography and history, nature and culture and between scientific progress and acts of regression are juxtaposed into an archeological puzzle that leaves the viewer bewildered. Basak’s is a frontal assault that critiques the irrationality of human behaviour which has pushed humanity to the brink of collapse. A melancholic silence permeates each of his work.
(excerpt from the catalogue essay by Roobina Karode)