This work of art titled Agni II is shaped like a ballistic missile scooped out of a tightly packed body of books. Even the books are carefully chosen such that the titles satirically approach the subject of war. In fact, the book-cover visible in front reads ‘Don’t Look Down’, an oblique warning to not see the misshapen aftermath of destruction.
“The thought is to present the ominous idea of controlled annihilation and juxtapose its mindlessness with the concept of knowledge and cumulative cultural expression stored in the tomes,” says Biju Joze.
Biju Joze, a renowned sculpture and installation artist from Bangalore did his BFA in sculpture from College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore and Masters of Fine Arts (Sculpture) Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U. Baroda. In all his works, Biju attempts to redefine the status of common objects and rediscover their innate physicality.
Biju strongly favours themes that arise out of his own personal concerns like environmentalism and animal rights, globalization and its effects, and the rapidly advancing age of information. He uses a variety of media to depict his ideas. One can observe steel, fiberglass, found objects and other conventional materials finding their way into his works. He also widely uses locally sourced organic material like betel leaves, arca-nut, tobacco leaves etc. that one may easily identify as being ‘Indian’.
Ragi.net was a time and site-specific art that involved growing Ragi, a cereal widely consumed in Karnataka, within discarded computer key boards.
The decrease in farming space due to the increase in demand for urban space to ‘harvest Information Technology’ is the essence of the recent history of Bengaluru city and its surroundings. Much of the land surrounding the IT spaces in Bangalore was once agricultural, now home to IT giants and startups alike.
The work is created to respond to this specific history of loss and progress focussing on ever-altering economy intends to bring out the satire and pun in the background of urbanisation.
Surekha, a contemporary video artist from Bangalore, completed her diploma in Painting from the Ken School of Arts, Bangalore in 1990, and MFA in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 1992. She was the Artist-in-Residence, at the Aarau, Switzerland in 1999. Her works are predominantly centred on Indian identity and womanhood. They are known for the haunting style of representation.
Surekha strongly gravitates towards stories that inherently connect with the souls of the locals of a city. She has undertaken several site-specific and city specific projects that seamlessly throw light on the hidden or seldom observed traits of the city. She uses photography and video to archive, document and perform. She has shown her works both in India and many international shows.