Contemporary artist Mukesh Sharma puts together key components of devices to depict what an 'aam admi' desires in his exhibition in town
Are our lives governed by technology? Delhi-based artist Mukesh Sharma seems to thinks so. He has pulled out a bulk of keys from a set of various keyboards sourced from cellphones, computers and calculators and pasted it on a wooden board to symbolically demonstrate our outrageous obsession with technology.
Mukesh is holding an exhibition in Bangalore titled The Keyboard of Small Things, where he showcases several of his acrylic paintings on canvass and digital print on archival canvas, portraying the common man's dependency on and desire for a technology-driven life.
"My paintings reveal the common man's desire for high-end cellphones and fast cars, which he can't afford and the pressure that he feels to match reality with his dreams," says Mukesh.
The exhibition features some of his popular paintings iShakti, where 'i' stands for internet symbolising technology. The painting depicts thousands of keyboards.
The painting titled IPL, which gives a bird's eye view of a bunch of keyboards put together, looks like a cricket stadium. His other work, Horsepower To Manpower, is inspired by a photograph in a popular daily.
With vibrant red and blue, Mukesh has depicted an old man carrying a cart loaded with a Fiat car which manifests his fantasy to possess the unaffordable.
Mukesh's art philosophy is inspired by The Infinite Monkey Theorem, which states that when a monkey hits on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time, it will eventually almost type a given text.
With no formal training on multimedia designing, Mukesh says he likes playing with the keyboard as he knows that it will eventually lead to something meaningful.
His paintings are contemporary in terms of content, colors and techniques. The Rajasthan- born artist is heavily influenced by wall frescos, Rajasthan miniatures and block prints of Sanganer and Baguru from the desert state.
Mukesh received his education in arts from MS University, Baroda and Rajasthan School of Art.
He has been practicing his art for the last 15 years, being largely inspired by the superflat technique of contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, which he implements in his art form. "The technique delivers a multi-perspective essence though the paintings carry a superflat effect," he states.
Mukesh, whose work has received a good deal of national and international attention, is exhibiting in Bangalore for the second time. "My last exhibition was in 2007 at the Chitrakala Parishath, where I also held a workshop on print making," he signs off.
Where Gallery Samukha, 24/10 BTs Depot Road, Wilson Garden
On till November 18, 10:30 am to 6 pm
For Rs 75,000 onwards