They are young, bold and game for experimentation. So, it’s media like playing cards, toys, coal tar and junk jewellery that catch their fancy, not good old oil paints and canvas. Vyom Mehta, 25, Simran Lamba, 27, Jignasha Ojha, 30 and Sonam Jain, 24, are some from this pack, and have decided to put together their non-conformity on display through various ongoing exhibitions in town.
“By using mixed media, the young lot is giving a fresh face to art. They have their own language and their thoughts are very original”, says Sunaina Anand of Gallery Art Alive.
These artists are not only contemporising their art works, but thoughts as well. Nityananda Ojha’s sculptures, for instance, explore the money-oriented realm. His work titled Masturbation is a bold display of a human hand made out of junk jewellery and acrylic. “You have to do something different to attract people to your work. Every material has a possible utility, and it’s upto the artist to use a material to create an art piece. I use a lot of chromed iron, stones and roadside jewellery,” says the artist.
Artist Hetal Chudasama considers the whole procedure of creating an art piece to be a ritual. Her latest work is a performance-based installation, where there are four performers who perform along with the artist. “The characters who perform are the artist’s own fragmented selves, multiplied and situated in multiple places,” explains Chudasama.
Many feel it’s the development in technology which is leading to this change. “The younger lot is more comfortable with new tools and methods. Like, artist Tarun Jung Rawat uses his background in mechanics to create his work. For example, one of his works has motorised birds flapping wings, depicting a folklore,” says Ranjita Chaney, Curator Art Makers, an art exhibition that showcases 5 young artists. Investors, too, are taking interest in quirkier forms for the shock factor and modest pricing.