Graphic in description, assorted fragments and simplified cutouts of human body parts, in various materials, and objects merge to form a narrative pattern in Rajendran’s sculptures. Cut down to essential imagery, his sculptures are an idiosyncratic expression, breaking away from the conventional.
Rajendran believes that while we often see, we fail to grasp the consequences that our fears and anxieties can have on our lives. The current body of work in Dual Liquid attempts to explore the shifts in perceptions, beliefs, human behaviours and value systems that guide our life patterns. Telling about social situations and conditionality, angst and violence is emphasized in his art. “A strong, basic understanding about what art is, about society, and about what I am and what I should do, translates into my art,” says Rajendran.
It’s the first time the artist is showing photographic prints and these have reference to his sculptures. The process involves photographing urban landscapes, objects and human figures, taken in various places which are then merged in his studio to form a narrative.
Why photography? He says, “I wanted to experiment with bringing realities and emotions in a different way and this process of photography interested me. “Just like an advertisement, although the intension in my photographs is to bring a situation to a platform,” he says. His choice of material is often directed by the social occupation of the material. “Each of my work involves a conscious thought process and concept. I want to bring social justification and attitude to my work and that’s how i choose the the material,” explains the 37-year-old artist who pursued art studies at the College of Arts, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi College of Art. Perhaps Dual Liquid will take the viewer out of the comfort zone and into a real, concious space, something that only few art shows do.