Collision Courses in Art

Artist Mahesh Kummar from Bangalore has a lot to say about the state of the world and humanity today. Mahesh has a BFA from Karnataka University and his work usually revolves around the fragmentation of society and human thought processes which cause long-term ruptures in the fabric of life. Mahesh tries to bring forth a critique from various disparate sources of life, such as the national and the global agencies vying for natural resources, war and peace, lives of civilians versus the lives of soldiers. These disparate motifs in his works seem to be on a collision course on the pictorial surface, but the imageries, however, disparate seem to, at times, merge or generate from one another, in a ‘cause and effect’ way.


Such emergencies and obvious causes are reiterated in Mahesh’s vibrantly coloured works. Figurative in style, merely bordering only on realistic representations, the artist hovers between the thin defining lines of what is and what could be. The ways in which Mahesh adopts the issues he addresses is quite interesting to see as these fragments of forms and events or incidents seem initially random. When one tries to follow a single thread of thought, one can glean the connections and the intense networks of the issues concerning the state, human and global, private and public, personal and political space. He openly articulates these colliding values which are seen around us, such as progress and environmental damage, etc in some of his works. These dichotomies and conflicts embed the works with a polemic stance which voices the artist’s concerns about his world that he cohabits with others.


Mahesh Kummar lives and works in Bangalore.




About the Author:

A marine biologist by training, Sushma Sabnis has been pursuing her interest in painting and writing since she left her career as a scientist over a decade ago. With a few solo and group exhibitions to her credit in Mumbai and Delhi, Sushma has also been instrumental in bringing young contemporaries together for a series of curated exhibitions called Adwaita, a platform for arts created by her.  In 2012, she launched herself into full time art writing and her essays and features have appeared in noted art journals including Art & Deal and Creative Minds, Arts Illustrated. She has been a contributing editor to the online magazine CartAnArt. She also manages The Art Daily and Art Tehelka, two online platforms for art writing and her reviews on art shows, art festivals have appeared in leading news papers. She has written several catalogue essays, descriptions and forewords for noted artists and painters and also introduced through profile writings, many of the young Indian contemporary artists.