20 September, 2020

Right, Says TED

Dropout to Al Gore’s pal...an artist arrives

Right, Says TED

Since multi-tasking is today’s mantra, should it be any different for an artist? From refusing to go to college to become a cartoonist at age 17, to teaching himself how to paint, to becoming a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) speaker and now a teacher at MIT’s interdisciplinary NuVu studio, it’s been a hectic ride for Raghava K.K. Still, at 31, he doesn’t look any worse for wear when Outlook meets him at the Art Musing gallery where his latest “sold-out” show, ‘Exquisite Cadaver’, is on display.

The show’s name is apparently a take-off on the word game we have all been part of where players construct a sentence, one word at a time, with each person knowing only the word that precedes his. The paintings are bizarrely like fairy-tale illustrations—the unedited kind where the hidden subtexts are laid bare for close inspection. And so they are, says Raghava, the paintings represent his very own mythology of growing up in India post-independence, laced with...



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