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Artist of the Day | Mahesh Baliga

Mahesh Baliga

Civilisation & It's Material Contents


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Mahesh Baliga (b 1982) received a BFA Degree in painting (2005) from C.A.V.A, Mysore University, Karnataka and a Post Diploma in painting (2007) from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University Baroda.

Baliga is intrigued by the accustomed visual knowledge, the difficulty in reading the works from unlikely angles. He tries to subvert the standard mode of comprehension. The humor and absurdity that arise from the mundane plays an important role in his works. Sometimes humor also turns satirical. Objects from day to day life enter the frame, they transcend their original locations. They are double edged and give out infinite meanings. He tries to see the nuanced layers between the image, the idea from which it originated and the meaning it produces .The whole of which may be realized in any form, painting or sculpture.

His recent show Confabulations shows his dealings with possibilities. The inaccuracy of an awaited result is converted into strength. The unsaid and the invisible lead us to an unidentified terrain, to an unexpected new train of thoughts where the line is thin between truth and untruth.

His works speak for multiplicity rather than any singular vocabulary. It is like experimenting with visual representations, pondering over the working logic of art making without any particular premise, sometimes becoming a subject himself. There is interplay between the verbal and the visual translated often by wit and ruminations on the odd and unexpected. There is an effort to imagine another reality, defying formalist realities.

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