City Of Illusion Exhibition Bangalore, India, December 2014

Tumble down the rabbit hole and enter contemporary artist Praveen Kumar's urban wonderland where brick and mortar structures speak the language of hope, longing and life in the city. 

Kynkyny Art's presents CITY OF ILLUSION, featuring the art works of leading contemporary artist Praveen Kumar. The Bangalore-based artist's unusual paintings document the mysterious lives of cities as seen through their outermost fa'ade - their buildings, homes and monuments. Far from documenting architectural landmarks and heritage, however, Kumar's abstract renditions of built-up spaces are luminous and stirring, lit up with colour, light and texture. Using an assortment of media (oil, acrylic, pen and ink), an edgy, contemporary aesthetic and impossibly intriguing and elegant geometric configurations, Kumar animates seemingly lifeless brick and mortar Goliaths to emote and reveal the many-sided stories of life in teeming metropolises. 

While there is no trace of human beings or nature present in any of the works, the drawings and paintings are full of life. The constructed spaces resemble radiant mirages which pulsate with colour, movement and feeling. Washed in ghostly oranges and intense blues, Kumar crafts an atmospheric landscape - an urban wonderland that doesn't just exist on the physical plane, but simultaneously represents a deeper, visceral place that we carry within ourselves. "For me the city is a metaphor of human condition. It has its own inhabitants: people, animals, birds, ghosts and fairytales. It has its own suburbs, 'edge' settlements, satellite towns. And free flowing streams. It has its own sighs, noise, chaos and chatter. But its poetry lies in the silence of its secret pathways, quiet thoroughfares and connecting bridges." Ultimately, Kumar's view of cities is neither utopian nor dystopian. CITY OF ILLUSION encapsulates all the beauty, symmetry, disorder and chaos inherent in modern life.

City Of Illusion Exhibition Bangalore, India, December 2014
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