Artist of The Day | Kumaresan Selvaraj
It Ends Where it Starts
Copper Sheet, Power Coating and Printed Paper
19 x 14 1/2 x 9 in
KUMARESAN SELVARAJ West Mambalam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Kumaresan Selvaraj’s sculptures in wood, cement, paint and paper gently erupt and wait to overflow from within its surface as a poignant calling to our inner existential conundrums. In his series of sculptures Selvaraj employs an aesthetic of spillage. Something from within is always making its way out. In ‘Number of layers on my surface’,streaks of thick paint, are frozen in a moment of swirl right where the large rectangular cement block breaks. In the objects gentle unraveling of itself we are left with questions;the break isn’t one of violence, rather it is a reveal. The cold grey block reminds us of familiar geographies. Selvaraj however, defamiliarises it for the viewer. The works don’t merely facilitate a discussion about the fraught relationship of man and city. In the ‘Here’, to ‘see’ is to come undone.
Courtesy of Kumaresan Selvaraj, Roy Thomas.