Going beyond the stereotype

Art exhibition

The eighth edition of GenNext art exhibition explores and interacts with the variable aspects of contemporary art presented by a group of 15 young creative minds.

Fabric, thread and pipe stitched on canvas make Arpita Dey’s artwork invoke the ‘restlessness of time’. 

Ishita Chakraborty is bold enough to use gross elements of Eros and Thanatos in her non-conventional paintings titled ‘Enslaved’ and ‘Heart-store’ which have strong installation attributes. The minimal use of colour, contours and playing around with white subtly to create space for thought, has been done extremely well by her. While Ankur Khare is attracted by fabric and makes an abundant use of the material along with leather to express ‘mixed emotions’ in his work of art.

A little conventional though in the process of treatment, Krupa Makhija expresses turmoil and tragedy of time in mixed media on canvas. Mansi Trivedi has worked in mixed media on plywood and on rice paper to bring out the sense of loss and reminiscence. 

Neha Thakar takes us deep into the environmental cause through her archival prints ‘Drawing on Ice’ and Sonal Varshneya explores another aspect of nature – ‘Shakti’ and the craving for that eternal power in her work ‘Shakti-Lalsa’.  

Ravi Prakash’s sculpture in metal wire and wood ‘Discipline paves way to freedom’ bears an installation-quality.

Touhin Hasan in his series ‘Mustafa’s dream and conflict’ also attempts to deliver personal anecdotes stitched within the framework of universal realities of desire and delusion, in an apt and contemporary pattern. He has done this remarkably well through the use of third generation of computer graphics.

S Malsa Lakshmi Sanadheera uses pencil, acrylic and glass-maker on canvas with thick shades of colour and mythological content, whereas Sayak Mitra makes the similar kind of treatment in acrylic on canvas.

Ceramic sculpture is also a new addition to this edition of GenNext and Sarban Chowdhury creates in sharp contrast of thematic disposition – the two works, ‘Frolic’ and ‘Overdose’.

‘An Art of the Tattered Time’ in Indian fabric is what Siraj Saxena has narrated --- the critical crisis of a creative persona vis-à-vis the agony of contemporary condition and history. Making it a more direct satire, Saptarshi Das has created ‘Born in WASTE’– created from discarded plastic objects on plywood. 

In Sandeep Suneriya’s etching, ‘My Journey’, agony and ecstasy merge with each other probably eliciting the fundamental truth about life, which is a combination of happiness and sorrows.

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