These sets of drawings are in continuum with my large engagement about the urbanity and contemporary life. I present the memories of daily life as fragmented views of the world which regroup themselves as a new unity in the picture plane. These varied experiences occupy a space which is impartial to their differences and are ordered to bring about the simultaneity of existence. Thus they break the hierarchy of one over the other. For me the experiences include memories of my encounters with the outside world and people, also as monologues within myself. Also included are the texts from art practice and art history along with street signs and bill board advertisements. My works can be seen as the thought bubbles of the figures encountering different characters not necessarily related to each other. Though they are alienated from one to another, they all follow a definite pattern, often repeated, which augments the linguistic possibilities of multiple readings. When the real world is transformed into the images, I feel that they become real beings and start to live a life of themselves. In that way the representation becomes independent. This might be also because of an objective and resigned position I take with regard to the incidents, instants and cityscapes I represent. This objectivity enables me to take an impartiality of recording the street signs and the beings in the same plane without idealization. I feel even the naïve language which I consciously adapted helps in making the figures more expressive and in portraying sensitively the subtleties of simple pleasures, unnoticed moments. This simplicity also enables these micro narratives to occupy a simultaneous existence thereby undercutting any attempt of valorization and the creation of grand narratives. In the art history context, . I would wish to dwell deeply into this fleeting nature of the contemporary existence, that is a notion strongly brought by those post-modern artists, and also analyze the ‘spectacular’ nature of the present urban life.
Artist Bio / CV
M.Pavan Kumar Born in 1981 Visakhapatnam, He received MFA in Painting from Bangalore university and his BFA from the College of Fine Art, Andhra university Vishakhapatnam . He has exhibited his works in Solo Shows “Urban Existence”at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, “Vizag-Bengaluru-Baroda” at Gallery Ragini New Delhi. Group Shows ‘Drawn Together’ Latitude 53,Siena,Italy.Thelightsconstellating one’s sky,Richmond Art Gallery,Canada. To Japan from Baroda Group show, Vadodara, Take 2-Aarushi art gallery New Delhi, "Intentions" Group of 15 Contemporary Artists, Gallery Kaleidoscope, Vadodara. Group show of contemporary artists by Art House Bangalore, 2006. National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Academy,New Delhi & Cochin, 2004-09. He is awarded the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant –New York as well as the Arnawaz–vasudav scholarship Award. Collections in India and Spain. He lives and works in PUNJAB-INDIA