Sakshi Gallery is pleased to present ‘Silent Echo’ an exhibition of installations and artists’ books by the Bangalore based artist, writer and educator, Ravikumar Kashi. The show previews on January 31 and will run through February 23, 2018.
At the core of Kashi’s art practice lies his Interest in exploring the mechanics of making meaning. Over the years, he has developed an unconventional artistic vocabulary, supported by a personalized logic and an aesthetic structure born from a process-based act of combining ideas.
Silent Echo is a compilation revolving around the Object. Five distinct but interrelated pieces of work address the character, historicity, function, and relevance of diverse objects that the artist chooses to build his narratives around.
He is as comfortable with the hand crafted object as with the photographed, drawn or readymade one. They each transcend different boundaries in communication and create palpably altered relationships with a viewer. Kashi’s observation of human nature and sociological responses enables him to embed ‘clues’ that act as windows into his world; a world that is silent and eloquent at the same time, and inhabits spaces between physical truth and imagined reality.
Kashi takes on the role of a commentator, evaluating and interpreting histories, myths, memories, people and places, events and situations. The objects and texts are an extension of his thought and artistic process. They are infused with both positive and negative connotations, and involve a viewer in the completion of their transformation from a passive state to something actively communicative. Visual devices of concealment and revelation, linguistic devices of punning, poetics and metaphoric speech, and adroitly introduced references to iconic imagery serve to produce a multi-layered, many-textured topography one is sucked into. Lina Vincent Sunish, 2016
About the Artist
Ravikumar Kashi was born in Bangalore in 1968. He completed his B.F.A. in Painting from College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore in 1988. Further he completed M.F.A. in Printmaking from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda in 1990 and M.A. in English, from Mysore University in 1995. In 2001, he studied handmade papermaking under J. Parry at the Papermaking Resource, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK, with a grant from the Charles Wallace India Trust. In 2009 he learnt Hanji - traditional Korean paper making from Jang Yong, Hoon and Seong Woo at Jang Ji Bang, Korea. Since 1991, he has had over 20 solo shows in Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Hyderabad in India and London & Glasgow in U.K., Palo Alto, California, U.S.A., and Shanghai, China.
With 25 years of art-practice behind him, Kashi is from a generation of artists that experienced a complexly transforming Indian society. With an education that opened his experience to Indian art history, craft and popular culture, as well as prominent Western and Far-Eastern art movements, he drew inspiration from varied frameworks.
His works were mostly two dimensional till 2010, but moved away from formal figuration and took several different trajectories including paper making and photography.
In this latter phase, objects began to communicate where human figures did before; literal meanings were gradually translated into sub–texts. Over the years, Kashi has developed a visual language where the underlying suggestive quality of an image has become predominant. A deep reciprocity between his identity as an artist and writer, and his professional work as a teacher in an architecture school, has provided a rich environment for learning and experimentation.
Kashi continues to live in Bangalore, and along with his art practice, works as Associate Professor at CMR University School of Architecture.