Back in 2010, artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu were approached by Kerala’s then-culture minister, MA Baby, to start an art project of international scale in the state. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale – designed along the lines of the famous Venice Biennale – was thus born. The event started last December, and ended in March this year. Undoubtedly, both artists were kept on their toes with the magnanimity of organising it. It comes as no surprise then that Krishnamachari is finally back with a solo show in the city, after a gap of three years. “I am based out of Mumbai, so I keep going back and forth, but yes, the Biennale has kept me busy,” he admits.
Titled Maximum Bose, the show is currently underway at Gallery 7. Ask the artist about his theme and he explains that it’s all about colour and life. “I believe that colours can play a magical role and transform a body. They can sculpt something that is formless or abstract. They share positive vibes and represent maximum freshness, happiness, depth, layers and texture,” he says. The show isn’t very large, with roughly 12 paintings on display, but Krishnamachari is satisfied with his output. “I’m quite a fast worker, so all these paintings were done very recently. If you have to, you find time for anything,” he says. Usually, his shows include a piece of furniture or something in mixed media, but this time, he hasn’t been able to include something of that sort. “However, I’ve experimented with a circular frame for the first time. It’s something I’d never done before,” says the artist.