C. K. Rajan
Rajan makes a,lot of politically charged collages. Many of these were
created in the 1990s out of clippings from mass-circulation Indian
newspapers and magazines, they also dealt with the disruptions caused by the
rapid expansion of Indian cities and the nation's economy.
of the most intriguing set of works in the “Spy”
show curated by Bose Krishnamachari and presented by was by C K
Rajan. Here Rajan creates small format collages, mostly by cutting out
images from magazines and newspapers, sticking pieces of them where needed,
making a subtle (and yet, glaringly obvious) point in each of them. These
small format works could be a comic strip, the largest looking like a big
cell out of a comic book, with characters inside it to tell you stories
through images. The comparison is possibly sought, considering that Rajan
not only has speech-bubbles (filled with angry retorts and lament, and
quotes from people we should know of), but the small collages bring to mind
the comic section of Sunday newspapers when the broadsheet was bigger than
its current sleek look. The framing of the work looks elaborate, the
embellished frame adding to the creation of a work of art, as opposed to
clever collages we all did in craft class.
of C.K's works comprised of writing the names of a host of students of J.N.U.
on small stone pieces, especially of the students from the "School of
Arts and Aesthetics". Resembling an almost ritualistic motif the stones
were dipped in black paint and allowed to dry. Intricate names were painted
on the stones with silver paint. The stones were placed on the base of a
K Rajan is a Kerala-born artist who now lives in Hyderabad.
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