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Is 3D art the next big thing in Indian art space?

Subuhi Parvez, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, February 04, 2013
First Published: 17:54 IST(4/2/2013) | Last Updated: 12:28 IST(13/2/2013)

As 3D effect amazes all of us in theatres, it has started to do the same in the field of art. Though the medium is still struggling to make its way, it could possibly be the next thing.

Despite it's limited audience the new media stole the limelight at the recent India Art Fair fair. Artists from India as well as abroad showcased their 3D work which was much engaging at this year's humongous affair.

Janye Dyer, an Australian artist, who works through the same medium says, "Throughout history…there are new developments that happened. When people started to carve in bronze that was a new development, when the first person carved in marble that was a new development and in 20th century when people started to use new technology i.e. computer, that was a development. So for me 3D is another medium to express myself and it's a development".

Dyer, whose 3D sculpture was exhibited at the recent India Art Fair explains, "I choose this medium because I like to work with material which brings movement to my work".

Jane's work called The Butterfly Effect talks about loss. She uses butterfly because everybody is familiar with it and paints it black as it symbolizes emptiness. "I look at these butterflies as a parameter of our environment. Now, the bees and the butterflies are disappearing. So, I wanted my work to talk about our environment", she adds.

Enormous! Isn't it? Jane Dyer's The Butterfly Effect at the India Art Fair 2013 (TAG Fine Arts, London)

A Delhi Based artist, Sheba Chhachhi has been working as an installation artist since early 90's. She started as a photographer and moved into this new space called new media.

Surreal! Sheba Chhachhi's work (Volte gallery)

"I wanted my work to move into space and that is why I started with 2D and then 3D", Sheba shares.

About the new medium, the artist says that she has been noticing the trend and in the last 3-4 years there has been a change and people are liking the new form of art.

"I think people are now much more used to the 3D art or the installations, they are also exploring the newness", Sheba says.

Chhachhi, who is also an activist, works with Lightbox in a lot of her projects. Her work is extremely unusual. She works with water as it makes her feel happy and feels deeply connected with it.

Her Yamuna series, which was showcased at the India Art Fair, talks about how the Yamuna water affects women in a big way. The work has a moving layer with a still ground which makes it unique.

In one of her works, she has shown a picture of herself overlooking the urban city along with 70 words in Sanskrit that float in water. It's 3D remember!

Another such artist is Asim Waqif, who works with installations and has never painted in his life. His experience in the field is four years old and thus being a contemporary artist he feels that the change is already here.

"I think people are accepting the new form. People are always open to exploring. If you look at the Indian market, it's the modern artists all over and not the contemporary but when it comes to what people like both has its own importance", says Waqif.

Yamuna Series by Sheba Chhachhi

Asim also feels that government institutions are far behind when it comes to promoting or funding the new media works. He says that the mindset needs to change at that level.

Enchanting 3D art work by one of the Israeli artists

The fair also witnessed artists from Israel who had exhibited 3 dimensional works. The three innovative artists are Marcel Janco, Yaacove Agam and David Gerstein.

As compare to last year, this time the fair didn't see much of fresh works either by new artists or the renowned ones. But, its a clear change that art world is taking a new turn with it's young and quirkier art. The new meduim is giving a different perspective to art and also making it larger than life at the same time.




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