Ayakashi, 2015

Basel 2015
Mixed Media
Tussar silk
91.5 x 91.5 (cm)
36.0 x 36.0 (inch)
Avinash Veeraraghavan’s practice articulates the heterogeneous nature of subjectivity. Tracing and building on both formal and autobiographical developments in the artist’s life, Veeraraghavan’s complex visual collages use hybrid references, layering, and repetition to evoke multiple patterns of perception. 'Ayakashi' (2015) stems from a Japanese term for ghosts that appear above water. Exploring the phenomenon of the ‘internet,’ an entity composed of multifarious parts, Veeraraghavan personifies its existence in the form of a tree embodying the apparition of a woman. Shifting the understanding of signification, the self and the whole, Veeraraghavan’s work is expressive of a desire to access a vaster sphere of consciousness. Avinash Veeraraghavan’s recent solo presentations include 'We do not see things the way they are, we see things the way we are' at GALLERYSKE, New Delhi (2014), an exhibition at the Tilton Gallery, New York (2013), 'Crazy Jane and Jack the journey man' at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (2011) and 'Toy Story,' GALLERYSKE, Bangalore (2009). His work has featured in the traveling exhibition 'Indian Highway' which was presented at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2012), Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010) and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2009). His group exhibitions include the Prague Biennale (2011), 'Urban Manners 2,' curated by Adelina Von Furstenberg, Art for The World at SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo (2010) and 'Still Moving Image,' curated by Deeksha Nath at Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi (2008). In 2009, Veeraraghavan was the recipient of the Illy Sustain Art Prize awarded in Madrid. Veeraraghavan lives and works in Bangalore.