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Of Symbols and Motifs

Artist Vinaykumar Rudraswamimath plays around with religious imagery but adds layers of creativity to them

Published: 01st September 2015 05:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st September 2015 05:48 AM   |  A+A-

QUEEN’S ROAD: Artist Vinaykumar Rudraswamimath will be showing his work in Bengaluru from September 2 to September 12 at Art Houz. Rudraswamimath has an MFA in printmaking from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh and a BFA in drawing and printmaking from Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysuru.

symb.jpgDrawing inspiration from literally all walks of life, he has created works that are in the collections of CAVA in Mysuru, Aluwali in Delhi, Kochi-Ken in Japan and more Having participated in several group and solo shows across the country, he has showcased his works at many galleries including Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal et al.

As a trained printmaker, Vinaykumar has an interest in tools and processes.

symbols.jpgThis has continued from his earlier series of digital images of printing presses and printmaking studios he has worked in, to this recent body of work titled ‘Symbol and Motif.’

Here, he takes the readymade copper Yantras available in the market and uses them as intaglio plates, rubbing ink on them and passing them through a printing press to make prints.The prints become inverted images of the original embossed images, like a mirror image rendering the original religious texts unreadable or rather, difficult to read. The images of tradition are in this way brought into his contemporary art practice, being simultaneously readable and unreadable, religious and aesthetic, artisanal as well as industrial.

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