Melange of genres
Group show by young artists at AIFACS was interactive, says Team Viva
Can you humanise Krishna? Young artist Namish Arora did just that with his 10-ft three-dimensional flute painting that’s divided into sections describing the various phases of Lord Krishna’s life. From his childhood to his love stories, everything is embedded in the art work as a process of evolution. “Being a Krishna devotee since class VIII, I believe that life is a piece of art and art is my life. Although I tried to depict the spiritual aspect, I have used human skin colour instead of blue for Krishna to establish a connectedness and relate soul consciiousness to the common man,” he said.
Nineteen artists showcased their works at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) to trace a timeline of developments in style, themes and schools of what has emerged today as Indian contemporary art. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media works were on display, highlighting the manner in which they straddled diverse cultures while still voicing the present context of Indian social, cultural and political life. The canvases provided an introspective and sometimes an uneasy glimpse into modern India, yet were collectively global in their presentation. The choice of title for the exhibition, Genesis, is a recognition of this genre of art. Clearly, the map has changed as these works demonstrate the figurative and abstract, the impatient and the unhurried, the ancient spirituality and modern culture.
“The concept of this exhibition was to bring several artists under the same roof. Having been an art educator for the last two decades, one thing which I believe is humans are never content with what they have. Our present criticises our yesterday and our past decides our future. We completely forget about our present. Our primary thought should be to strive and work for the coming generation so that they get good exposure and are able to show their skills in the field of art. Another exclusive aspect about this exhibition is that it is just not a display of paintings with the artist in absentia. They are available in person so that visitors and aficionados can interact with them”, said Ravindra Tanwar, exhibition organiser.
It is amazing to discern the similarity of thought of all artists, coming from diverse milieus, diverse backgrounds and professions, but belonging to the same inner core. “I went to various art colleges and chose students based on their work, giving importance to final year students and hoping to give them exposure,” added Tanwar.
Water colour artist Nitin Kumar is a traveller and risk taker. “I love travelling and have a fetish for related imagery. I have painted different types of ships and cars. For me, the colour of the sky defines the deepest emotions and so, all my ships have bluish shades. Also, I love water colours. Many artists prefer acrylic over water colours as it takes a lot of thought process before work. If anything goes wrong, one has to start from scratch which consumes a lot of time and energy. I make it a point to always capture the places I travel to in my paintings and add my own intrepretations.”
For DU graduate Riya Jain, peacock is her inspiration. “Even after being the most beautiful bird, it is always criticised for its ugly legs and voice. Yet it is unperturbed and dances joyfully in the rains. Similarly, humans must leave behind their flaws and focus on their positive points. Nobody is perfect but we have to decide what side to show of ourselves. If we keep counting our flaws, we can never grow. The royal blue of the peacock finds its place in all my paintings. I love the contrasting colours in her feathers. Though the bird is very popular in folk art, my work reflects the Buddhist philosophy.”
Young sculptor Shubhangini has taken up the challenge of depicting nature through her sculpture. She has put up an exhibit in the shape of a book, which has trees instead of pages. “My message is ‘Save Paper, Save Trees,’” said she.
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