With each new generation a new synergy comes to the artistic endeavours, and this synergy needs to be located, presented, documented and encouraged so that its manifestations are not lost, and it gets a new boost. Precisely this is what the ‘GenNext’ shows have been doing for the past several years with much care and concern. Each year, we look forward to this show mounted and well documented by Aakriti Art Gallery in Kolkata. This year the exhibition would be held at Aakriti Art Gallery, Delhi and is a cause for celebrations by the Delhi Art Fraternity. I welcome the show to the city and hope that the art lovers from all generations would find something to enjoy and cherish , in terms of new ideas , new concepts and also in terms of newer explorations in various genres of visual arts. This is to be noted and highlighted that the ‘GenNext’ shows focus on paintings , sculptures, prints, installations and mixed-media works, giving equal weight and space , to all of these. GenNext thus bringing to us, a whole gamut of new expressions by artists from different regions and art centers. To see the works of those young artists, who are in the process of ‘maturing’ , and are further nurturing their ‘findings’; is exciting, as they have come to a certain stage, from where they can themselves visualize explicitly the paths they intend to tread, and in turn can offer to us, the intents and signifiers of their ‘adventures’.
With the kind of new materials and ingredients to give a shape to the newer and wondrous expressions; a whole range of visually articulated forms and images, is offered to us each year by the ‘GenNext’ and this year’s show has also brought the works which are truly emotive and enchanting. Only by breaking fresh grounds an art-show or scene, can fulfill our desire for new beginnings in art discourse and discussions. In this context also shows like ‘GenNext’ have contributed a lot. And one is curious each year, to look for some such works, which would define themselves in a new light, in relation to ‘visual delight’ they themselves take in their very core and construct .
In a criss-cross manner the way the different genres of arts are helping each other in finding solutions to transmit and experiences of fast-paced life of metro-cities and our relation to the nature and other related issues; seems commendable: The architecture , the photography ,the cinematic and digital language --- all are manifesting themselves in new artistic endeavours . One is often tempted to ask these days , with variety of materials being used in creating art works; whether the material also can speak for itself , or can be picked up singularly to appreciate an artwork. The answer would be naturally ‘yes’, when one finds that material is not being used for the sake of it only, but is being used to bring forth the intent of the work. Even the old materials like wood, iron or fabric are being used now to fashion out the image, which were earlier not approached in the manner, as are being approached and tackled today. To eke out ‘complexities’ from the simple looking materials creatively is in itself a challenge; which many of the ‘GenNext’ artists are encountering daringly. This ‘adventurous ‘spirit makes the ‘GenNext’ shows provocative and also comforting.