Thursday, June 13, 2013

Manipulating digital images for new possibilities of meaning

Avinash Veeraraghavan looks to draw on his keen interest in the visual idiom of prevailing popular culture and deft digital imaging for his multichannel video installations, graphic books and layered prints. An accompanying note to the show of his works at the New York-based Tilton Gallery elaborates: “He is interested in images of all kinds, from photographs, patterns in print and textiles, wallpaper patterns, and wrapping paper to motifs taken from different cultures.

The artist constructs his works through meticulously manipulating digital images that are skillfully layered and juxtaposed to open up new possibilities of meaning. These complex visual collages reflect a deep-rooted and often manic exploration of the structure of emotions and the interstices of the mind." Veeraraghavan (born. 1975), who lives and works in Bangalore, has earlier shown his work at GALLERYSKE and Galerie Krinzinger, Viennaw York.

He has featured at the 2011 Prague Biennale in its ‘Crossroads: India Escalate’ section; ‘Indian Highway’, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010) and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2009); ‘Still Moving Image’, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi; and Hangar Bicocca, Milan, among other venues. A recipient of the Illy Sustain Art prize at Arco, Madrid in 2009, he terms his oeuvre as 'psychic shimmers' sans narrative, albeit derived from intriguing images of the flotsam and jetsam of peculiar everyday situations.

He presented his works in a group exhibition courtesy Gallery BMB that invited five artists from GALLERYSKE in October 2010. The artist then had mentioned that repetition of a single object, image or action over creates a pattern, explaining, “Patterns repeated over and over again in combinations one with the other create an image. This rule of construction constitutes the structure of all the works shown here, where layers of patterns are overlaid one on top of the other to create images and stories. The stories I tell are of decay and dead spirits, archeology and memory, purity and it actual constituents in horror, sex and castration.”

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