People Like Us
Rì Galerie is exhilarated to present People Like Us, an online solo exhibition by the Indian artist Rohit Kumar which showcases 14 paintings of his recent work and rice painting.
The foregrounding of identity in contemporary cultural production has long been evident, however, there is an increasing tempo to these developments within contemporary art, intertwined with a toxic politico-media culture worldwide.
This kind of globalization socio-political landscape is explored through different perspectives on the comprehensive response of contemporary society and the problems that arise. This includes art that emerges, not just from a personal creative impulse, but also from the collective, and the intersections between individual subjectivity and group agency within the public sphere.
This art is almost always figurative, and if not, is by its very nature engaged with the human condition. It encompasses the art of political resistance; self-determination; feminism, ‘masculinities’ and gender diversity; biopolitics and sexuality; masquerade and personal mythologies; of displacement and forced migration; of trauma, witnessing, and forgotten histories. The work created in this expansive space is largely medium agnostic, and describing such work as a genre of art or even a mode of practice is a glaring category error (often made).
Kumar starts with a subject and then undertakes more complex compositions through the simplified label of "identity art", then choose the format and creates the impression of the subject and always tries to give an impression of intimacy. First, he washed the rice grains and kept them dry, then divided them into groups and painted them with different acrylic colors. After the rice is completely settled, acrylic is again applied to the rice grains to fully immerse the rice grains in the color. After the rice is completely settled, I paint the acrylic again on the rice grains so that the rice grains are fully immersed in the color. Usually, this process takes about 5 to 8 months, depending on the size and format of the painting, longer for larger works, then let the painting dry for about 30-40 days and the rice den starts to glow with the acrylic.
About Rohit Kumar
Rohit Kumar (b. 2000) was born and grew up in Shimla, Kangra, India, a self-taught full-time artist specializing in still life, acrylic and rice painting, and also receives a formal education in Engineering.
From an early age, Kumar's concentration or interest in art forced him in training to see objects differently, the process to discover and focus on a new artistic technique - rice painting.
His artwork focuses primarily on details with grains of rice which are adjusted and settled on canvas by the needle. Each piece is an exploration of numerous detailed and delicate lines with rice gains, settled by one until they form in a figure. By using acrylic on rice, he uses the rich tones that acrylic provides to give his rice painting a strong physical presence.