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Young and unsung art

Urban blues, love and anger find unusual expression in the works of the new breed of artists.

art and culture Updated: Jul 30, 2010 01:00 IST

Art houses are giving unsung and emerging artists a platform to canvas their emotions and reach out to buyers with a realistic purse.

“Upcoming young talents, and out-of-the-box creativity are the trends this season,” Ravi Chadda, a gallery owner and connoisseur, said.

Jane Slade, a young American artist from the US, is exhibiting her installations in Kaya Palat, at the Paintbrush and Chisel Gallery. Crafted with wire mesh, cotton cords, lights and 3,000 plastic bottles — toxic waste sourced from Chhatarpur and from the business quarters of old Delhi, Slade’s installations symbolise “love, desire, sadness and anger”.

Urban blues, love and anger over trivial matters find unusual expression in three young artists — Jiban Biswas of Kolkata, Nilanjana Nandi of Baroda and Pratibha Singh of Delhi. The trio is part of a group of four artists exhibiting in the capital. Biswas captures love on his canvas, while Nandi portrays “storms in teacup” in different intensities and forms. Pratibha Singh probes the amorphous shape of desire in her surreal acrylic images.

“I believe in promoting contemporary, cutting-edge young artists,” said Bhavna Kakar, owner of the gallery Latitude 28. Kakar is exhibiting “offbeat contemporary installations and digital art,” reflecting neo-urban sensibilities in the show, Urban Testimonies by four young Baroda-based artists, Siddhartha Kararwal, Nityananda Ojha, Deepjyoti Kalita and Kartik Sood.

The art works, mostly sculptures and installations, script creative variations of common urban idioms like animal slaughter, detachment, solitude, sadness, alienation and decay.

The exhibition Genesis at the Visual Arts Gallery by newcomer Simran Lamba, uses molten coal tar, wax aluminium and lead to create 3D-textured canvases of nature and abstract forms.

The artwork of young artists are more affordable. Kakar has sold five installations at “prices good enough to keep her young artists creatively engaged throughout the year, but affordable for her buyers.”

First Published: Jul 29, 2010 17:27 IST