Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
C.K. RAJAN, From Mild Terrors II, 1991-96, Collage
C.K. RAJAN, From 'Mild Terrors' II, 1991-96, Collage, 15.2 x 21.8 cm / 6 x 8.6 in


Widely recognised for his small-scale works on paper which have been collaged using imagery sourced from popular newspapers and magazines, C.K. Rajan responds to a visual world which seems to have become unreadable. Produced between 1992 and 96, these collages capture in an allegorical fashion something of the speed, the speculation and the human collateral of the economic development process. Not simply in the form of a polemic, but rather by exaggerating its side effects in the popular media and scrambling them into a set of surreal tableaux. 

The title for another sequence of works from this period 'In Search of Utopia' painted onto the back of cigarette packets, could equally be said to spring from similar aspirations. However, the imagery, which represents the human figure in relation to a vast totalitarian architecture starkly delineated by light and shade, seems to come more from the hand of some mad urban planner. Nevertheless, the pathos of the medium (visions rendered on the back of cigarette packets) situate these works at street level and they perform a subversive gesture, a feral one – a gesture that produces an inspired narrative concerning the human ability to fabricate the future from out of almost anything which comes to hand. 

Born 1960 in Kerala
Studied Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
MA (Painting), University of Hyderabad
Lives and works in Hyderabad

Solo Exhibitions

2014   'Classified: For Your Eyes Only', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai  
2010   'Mad Furnitures And Psychic Objects - Part I', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai 
2006   Kashi Art Cafe, Kochi, Kerala
1998   'Mild Terrors', Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
1995   'Mild Terrors', Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019   'Body Building', Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai
2018   'Nine Painters from Kerala', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai 
2016   'DWELLING, 10th Anniversary Show(Part I)', curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2016   'Pond near the Field', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, India
2013   'Considering Collage', Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai
2013   '5 Rooms', Robert Miller Gallery, New York
2013   'Perspectives on Collage', The Photographers' Gallery, London
2012   'ART HK 2012', Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
2011   '5th Anniversary Exhibition', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2010   'Have I Ever Opposed You?' Gallery Faye Fleming and Partner, Geneva
2009   'LaVA', BMB Gallery, Mumbai
2009   'Art of Modern India', IVAM, Valencia, Spain
2008   'Three Points of View', together with Nicola Durvasula and Reena Saini-Kallat, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2008   'Santhal Family ? Positions around an Indian Sculpture', MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium
2007   'Spy', together with Prasad Raghavan & others, Guild Gallery, Mumbai
2007   'documenta XII', Kassel, Germany
1998   'Born in 1960', Nicola Durvasula and C.K. Rajan, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
1998   'Pacaembu Project (urban sculpture)', Sao Paulo, Brazil
1997   'Inter(RE)ferences', Grande Galerie, Rouen, France
1997   'KHOJ', British Council Gallery, New Delhi
1996   'Tribute to Antonin Artaud', Eicher Gallery, New Delhi
1987   'Questions and Dialogues', Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
1985   'Painters with Fishermen', College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum, Kerala

Public Collections   

MuHKA, Antwerp 
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
Tate Modern, London
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 




December 10, 2014 - February 26, 2015

C.K.Rajan – Mad Furnitures And Psychic Objects - Part I

September 17, 2010 - October 16, 2010