The eye sees light, but it is by its own light that it knows what it looks at. Myths abound that tell of eyes being exchanged or lost, of an eye being sacrificed in order to gain second sight, and of the powers of vision, knowledge and command coming together into Third Eye. In nature, in dreams, in art, in legends from around the world and in many forms of mysticism, the eye- mirror of divinity-reflects our gaze inwards in search of the self and the creator who sees all.
In this work, i am inspired by a very simple idea. One eye is seeing the sky from the inside of this concrete city through various gaps, cracks, holes, balconies or ventilators in the building and at the same time that view is under the supervision of numerous eyes.
Sharad Das is a visual artist based in Chattogram (Chittagong). He contextualises himself in his art and this includes the way he lives, social influences, cultural behavior, and political environment. He is obsessed with the human body, which in his view is a composition of primeval substances which triggers willingness and desire.
He is not tied to any particular media or technique, preferring instead to experiment with materials, and the values added by consumer culture.
Sharad Das completed his post-graduate studies from the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Chittagong and the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. He has participated in various exhibitions including Asian Art Biennale Dhaka (2010,2012, 2014, 2018); Chobi Mela-10 (2020); National Art Exhibition Dhaka (2011,2019); Community Art Project in J. J. Colony organised by Art 4 ALL, New Delhi (2017); ‘Celebrated Violence’, Dhaka Art Center, Dhaka (2014); Performance at ‘News Food’ organised by
Wakilur Rahman at the Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka and the Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong and several group exhibitions. His solo exhibitions are: ‘All Characters Are Fictitious’, Bistaar: Chittagong Arts Complex, Chittagong (2015); ‘Smriti Upakhyan’ Rashid Chowdhury Gallery, Institute of Fine Arts, Chittagong (2015); ‘Blurred Borders’, Dhaka Art Center, Dhanmondi, Dhaka (2012).