What if the technology that you have put your life into, turns on you? This is the theme that artist Aakash Anand explores in his exhibition which will open on September 28 in Alliance Française. Titled ‘Roaring’, the series of black and white artworks are a result of Anand’s fascination with technology and the universal dilemma of how to stay connected without compromising on security.
Explaining the theme, Anand said, “Technology makes our lives easier but it is also a beast in a way. We struggle to keep a balance, trying to not let it wash over us.” A 30-year-old with degrees in engineering and design, his recent works display this combination of technology, art and design.
Characterised by line work, repetition and geometric shapes, his style also borrows elements from psychedelic art such as use of high contrast and attention to detail. “The way the world is built, every grain of sand is different. I respect that and find it attractive. As an artist, I try to reflect that in my work,” he said. The minute detailing and intricate patterns make his art a labour – intensive process, which he describes as a personal exorcism ritual.
A native of Kozhikode, Anand recently completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and is now working in a tech company in the city as a design consultant.
Despite being a computer engineer by training, Anand worked for several years in multimedia and design. He even published the first abstract comic book in the country called ‘Untitled’. Released in 2012, the book does not have any dialogues or defined characters. “There are humanoid sketches and a hint at a story about finding a lover. But the reader can use it as a visual blackboard to read any story into it,” he explained.
The exhibition, which will be on till October 18 is under the Young Talent Program by Alliance Française which gives young artists, a platform to present their work to the public