Sachin George's City of Paper and Steel
Ultra-contemporary is the concept of immediate responding to emergencies now. While ultra-contemporary art loosely refers to works of artists born after 1974, it is said to be the quickest developing phase of the artwork marketplace from afar, and its momentum best picked up during the duration of the pandemic. Ultra-contemporary literally means very modern or current.
Sachin George Sebastian is one such Indian ultra-contemporary artist who describes himself as “a storyteller working towards visible art" whose work has surfaced in numerous galleries and museums. His first verified exhibition was Art Makers - Part I at Exhibit 320 in New Delhi in 2010, and the most recent was at Vadehra Art Gallery in Defence Colony New Delhi on 14th May 2021.
Growing up in the town of Kasaragod, Kerala Sebastian explores a timid relationship with big cities through his art. He portrays big cities as bait in form of flora-themed carnivorous flowers that appear to be tempting from a distance but can swallow up anyone who comes in close contact.
His exhibition called "Sites of Metamorphosis" launched in 2016 explored the idea of the city and the strange power it holds over the lives of individual. In this work, Sachin makes the city his central theme again, exploring the emotional and mental components of city lives. He likes to trace transformations within the city, its structure, fabric depicting concrete buildings, entangled wires, etc on one hand and discover the experiential factors of the metropolitan existence on the other. One can truly experience the actual noise of the city in the series of his works.
Sebastian has frequently articulated his well-established interest in the chaos and clusters of the cityscapes and its people through upstanding compositions, indicating the association between people, places and infrastructural development as impersonating the life of bio-organisms. He is constantly exploring new directions in his artistic practice.
Sebastian explores what he calls ”absurdity of nothingness,” moving away from his aforementioned style exploring chaos. Inspired by means of the geometry of images, he admits this inspiration modified the route of his career. In this, Sebastian explains "there is duplexity in every situation and decision, and we get caught between these duality of existence", taking into account everyday conditions and spaces.
His new works seek to balance between instinct, storytelling, and endless questions that arise from search. According to Sebastian, he must collect and reconstruct seemingly pointless pieces of time. These pieces make up a bigger picture, especially when placed in large-scale positions, while at the same time being perceived and allowing one to travel through life in a particular direction.
Sachin George Sebastian via Mutual Art
'Once, there was a seed' made viewers gasp, taking them along on an invigorating visionionary experience. In a socially isolated world, those searching for this piece on the Internet may notice the vivid chaos of flora and fauna sprouting from the walls. If you're actually in the art gallery or zooming in on your screen at your home, you can actually witness the layers after layers unfold that contributed to these seemingly puzzling shapes. Sachin George describes it as "the existential quest that drives his work I’m interested in understanding the ways in which people change the texture of a city,” says the Bengaluru-based artist, “because our day-to-day lives hardly seem to make any sense on their own.”
Sachin George Sebastian is ranked among the Top 100,000 globally, and among the Top 1,000 in India. Here’s the link to explore his latest artwork 3D space “Once, there was a seed”.