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Ravi Kumar Kashi



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SHOWS WITH ART ALIVE GALLERY
Ways of Seeing
 27th August 2005 - 31st August 2005
 Art Alive Gallery



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Statement

When I did these works the idea was to look at the act of seeing and the word real critically. When I use the word I am seeing it means many times that the image is focused and related to the word real as seen in the context of photographic reality. But this real could be at various levels. While taking a picture what is seen as real in a frame/ picture might vary if I change my focus. If I pull back it might become blurred or if I go deeper it might blur according to the capacity of the lens as well. This probing deeper might lead me to another world. Like a picture of my hand at one point might seem real but if I use powerful microscopic lenses I will see something else. This may not look like any thing visually related to hand at all. It might lead me to understand the cell structure. This something else will not be a photographic reality as commonly understood. In one of the works I have used a cropped picture of a red orange flower on one side and a pixilated detail of a tiny portion of the same flower. In the portion I have chosen to blow up, because of its ambiguous nature, it doesnt seem like a flower in one go. It starts looking like the innards of the body. The right side pixilation, a result of going closer makes the idea of flower even distant. In this work I have also used words related to seeing or various aspects of seeing. Touching can be a way of seeing (for blind people). Or understanding a point might be a way seeing (when I say I see your point). Or visualizing future might be a way of seeing what should be rather than what is. In the second work I have used various thin layers of colours to suggest the various filters with which things are perceived. Words filter and scan appear in it to suggest the process of filtered understanding. I have used in both the works images or part of an image from photographs which I have taken recently along with found text/ images. This is another strategy I am trying in some recent works so that my work becomes a mixture of what I see and what others have seen and how I see them.

Biography

Born 1968 at Bangalore, Ravi completed his BFA in Painting from College of Fine Arts, Bangalore in 1988, MFA in Printmaking from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda in 1990 and M.A. in English from Mysore University in 1995. He is a visiting faulty in the Dept of Architecture and the Department of Visual Arts, at Bangalore University. In 2001 he studied handmade papermaking under J. Parry at the Papermaking Resource, Glasgow School of Art, in the UK, with a grant from the Charles Wallace India Trust. Since 1991 he has had thirteen solo shows and many more group shows at Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Hyderabad in India and Glasgow in the U.K. He has also taken part in a number of curated shows and annual exhibitions in India and in Munich, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong , Glasgow, Perth, Mexico, Toronto including 10th Triennale India held in New Delhi and 11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has won Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi award thrice and National Award in 2000. Ravi also writes on art in Kannada and English for various magazines and newspapers. He lives and works in Bangalore.


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