R: RESONANCE-54x27 in-paper-VMENON
Over the last decade, Visakh Menon has been exploring the impact of human-machine interaction over one’s perception. His meditative and repetitive practice focuses on the visual language of digital artifacts and the aesthetics of glitch, error and noise.
Compositionally these works are inspired by geometric abstraction and color field paintings, the process transitioning from digital to traditional mediums of drawing and painting. The algorithmic aesthetics of these works pushes into focus both the functional (generative) and dysfunctional (glitch) nature of code as a tool for expression. As efficient flow of information has become essential for the exchange of ideas, social interactions and political discourse in our networked society, his signal series of drawings explore concepts of structure and hierarchy as informed by the diagrammatic representation of command and control modules often seen in electronic systems, social networks, botnets, neural circuits, genome maps etc. These works are also influenced by his interest in non-traditional graphic musical scores & representation of sound visually. Visakh uses colored inks and a porous rice paper to exploit the characteristics of these materials. His works resemble a brain scan or a heart monitor, their pulsing beats syncopated by contrasting colors.
Mandira Lamba & Ridhi Bhalla of Gallery Blueprint 12 share, “We are very excited to present Visakh Menon first solo show in India. His meditative works talk of Glitches we all face in our daily life. Covid was a glitch. Glitches in the system. Hope his work will make people pause and think about their pace of life.”
Visakh’s interdisciplinary practice spans drawing, video, installations, & media art. He received his M.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007 and a Bachelors in Visual Communication from Bharathiyar University in India. His selected solo shows include ‘Interference’ at SL Gallery, New York (2020); ‘Signal to Noise’ at Fairleigh Dickinson University Art Gallery, New Jersey (2016); Fountain Art Fair, New York (2014); ‘Levels’ at Reene Weiler Gallery- Greenwich house, New York, (2013) and ‘Memorial for Lost Connections’ at Chashama Windows space grant, New York (2012). His selected group shows include ‘The Hypostatic Transformation’, at Nature Morte, New Delhi, (2019); ‘The New Non: New Narratives in Non-Representational Art and Abstraction’ at the Flux Factory (2018); ‘How you use it’ at Grady Alexis Gallery, El Taller Latino Americano (2018) ; ‘The Space Between’, Paul Kolker Gallery, New York (2014) amongst others. Menon currently also works as an independent art director & interactive designer and is an adjunct faculty with the Communications Design Department at NY City College of Technology (CUNY). He lives and works in New York.
R: Visakh Menon, Tremors, 57x24