Visual artist Santanu Hazarika talks about his debut physical art show, BLCK

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The work of artist Santanu Hazarica has attracted the attention of the virtual world. Famous for creating NFT art in collaboration with crypto art and artists such as Ritviz and Divine, the artist is now presenting his physical work at the Mumbai-based gallery Art & Soul. Famous for his exciting and thought-provoking work in the field of visual arts, Santanu presents a monochromatic work in this gallery under the title BLCK. For those who cannot go to the art space, online viewing is also possible.

For a well-known artist, it’s amazing that this is his debut physical show. However, the 2014 Red Bull World Doodle Art Champion winner will show you some great pieces that probably took a long time to create. In an interview with Indulge, he talks about the show, the world of NFTs, and what he’s working on next. excerpt:

What is the idea behind BLCK?
The inspiration for this show comes from black because I always paint and sketch in this color. I have attended many group shows in India and other countries, but I always wanted to do a traditional physical show in the gallery. The pandemic gave me the time and opportunity to do it. I went back to the sketches I went to during the engineering era, which was the most turbulent stage of my life. I processed those sketches and started recreating them as a large canvas. When I had to give the exhibition a title, I always used black and realized that it was a common thread connecting my past and present. The title BLCK without A stands for me because I’m evolving now and I’m not the same person or artist today. The pronunciation is the same, but without the letter a, the word BLCK has a different meaning.

What do you want the audience to take away?
I want people to take away the experience, get a glimpse of my world, my process, and my existence. Even after leaving the gallery, I want you to be surprised and reflect it in your work. Every time they see my work, they will see something new. My work may disturb them and shake them, but at the same time I want to create awe and peace.

You’ve created a lot of artwork as NFTs … what are your plans for this?
I have created NFTs on platforms such as OpenSea, Foundation and WazirX. I am thinking of the next project. There you create a set of artwork, with a better roadmap in mind, and mint the artwork with physical usefulness. But now I’m taking a break.

How difficult is it for Indian artists to get a legitimate recognition in the crypto world? What is blocking us?
It’s not too difficult for Indian artists to gain recognition. There are many well-known artists like Vimal Chandran and Prasad Bhat who are doing great work in the crypto world. But it’s also a bit difficult as there aren’t enough artists from India in the global NFT art community and there are very few Indian collectors and buyers. In addition to the fact that indigenous projects are rarely undertaken, these are factors that keep us behind.

As an artist, how do you think the physical art market was influenced by the world of cryptocurrencies?
I’m used to both physical art and NFT and use both media. It’s an exciting time, it’s an interesting crossroads between the world of physical art and the world of virtual art. Everyone is creative and protective about how to perform virtual physical tasks. This is a hot topic and everyone wants to participate and invest in it. The physical art market is affected, but many galleries are converting physical art to NFTs and vice versa.

Show BLCK will be available online until February 28th

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