Digital art has achieved the reputation of being mystical and invigorating and Ashok Ahuja’s on-going exhibition in Delhi fits the description perfectly. Considered as one of the pioneers in ‘Digital Art’, Ahuja has been creating pieces inspired by technology where he is the master but viewers are open to their own interpretation. According to him, a piece of art isn’t worthy enough if it does not uplift the soul. “Art is as much about discovery and perception as it is about making and creating.”
Through this exhibition the artist wants to convey that it is essential to break the barrier of restricted opinions towards experiences in life. Having said that, artworks need not be confined to the artiste’s vision. It should be open to interpretation.
“The exhibition explores the possibility that exists between photography and not-photography, between reality and abstraction, between a familiar world of objects and dematerialised forms, shapes, colour and light, giving free reign to the imagination,” Ahuja said in a statement.
The suite of works on display mostly include inkjet prints on archival paper, created by him in the past 15 years.
“The allure of the digital captivated me right from the start. I bought my first personal computer in 1985, the first notebook in 1991, my first digital camera in 1998, an A3 printer in 2002, and my own large format 44-inch pigment ink printer in 2008. I am fascinated by the potential of the digital world but I don’t like to do things just because they are possible. I take from technology only the specific little that I need,” he added.
The artist feels that he is constantly learning and for him it is all about the journey.
Where: Gallery Espace, Delhi
When: On till October 15
Timings: Monday – Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm