12 May - 2 Jun

C.O.S.M.O.S is a collection of abstract paintings in enamel on canvas / board. This was first exhibited in 2013 at Wolfson College, Oxford university, Oxford. The exhibition is a reflection of the process involved as a response to the chain of events that happens while in motion…work.

The paintings have no meaning or message in the usual sense of word, the subject is the paintwork and how it is applied. The paintings are about showing the energy in colours, how paint behaves when in motion.

Our nature < world < cosmos is composed of complex dynamical systems which are non linear, unpredictable, chaotic and evolve over time through various feedback loops. The result is the fractal geometry which records their movements in space. The movements of these systems take place in all scales – a microcosm of a larger landscape – a self similarity at different scales so that the whole has the similar shape or pattern as one or more of the parts. For example, coastlines have only vaguely similar patterns (bays and promontories) on many scales. Self similarity is the common theme underlying the architectures of nature, music and art.

When two systems/entities interact, engage or couple with each other they undergo an oscillation or change of state – a spatio-temporal phenomenon. This transitory movement records an interlocking pattern, before one state completely changes into the other – succession. However these interlocking patterns are aesthetically pleasing, and can be found in nature In the form of meanders or dendritic patterns like river branches (where water interacts with the land).

However this succession is a non linear system that evolves over time, and its stages are uncertain. It is however possible to predict the possibility of the events or stages in transformation if the control parameters are known. What evolves out of this succession as a product of mutation is the emergent property which is the sum of its individual stages shaped by feedback
loops. This emergent property is the unique behaviour of the system. The paintings exhibit a similar process that involves limited control. The painter acts only as an external agent of chaos allowing the paint to paint itself. He controls the paint flow and the way it is applied, creating the opportunity of paint coupling. The rest EVOLVES.

Soham De

Trained as an architect and an urban designer, art has always been my passion. My art is primarily concerned with exploring ideas around the interactions between figurative art and abstract expressionism. No specific style is sought – instead there is constant experimentation with varied techniques and media, blurring the margin between the real and abstract.

Painting is a life form, I believe. It is more than a visual output or representation, rather a process which responds to a chain of events that evolve into a work of art. The chaos within us, within
me, is a primal basis of such evolution. We all carry it, and hence experience the need to express it in which ever way we can. It is a truth known but rarely expressed.