Drawing on Dante Express Features Service Saturday , May 12, 2007
He confesses to be jittery about life’s fast pace, but ironically Pranab Basu’s latest exhibition is titled “Speed”. “It is an evil necessity,” he says. The former journalist may not be a frequent presence in the art circle, but the passion of a self-taught artist is reflected in his abstracts where he ponders on evanescence and Dante’s hell. In the Disappearance series, forms seem to be irretrievably hurtling toward a point of invisibility. Mouth of Purgatory is like a vortex where black loses its darkness while the vaulted tomb of the inferno in La Tomba almost seems like a womb. The Renaissance poet seems to have been a permanent influence on Basu. He had earlier made a film, Dante and Ganga, on how the poet was inspired by the river. Next Basu hopes to uncover a secret about Leonardo da Vinci in a documentary that he will start filming in September.
The exhibition at the India International Centre is on till May 15 — Vandana Kalra cities.expressindia.com