Sumedh Rajendran’s work, an assemblage of techniques and disparate materials, tackles diverse issues such as militarism, ecological and urban atrocities within the context of Indian city life. Rajendran’s work is a plethora of contradictions. His installations, whilst dealing with disturbing issues like violence, racism, mutilation and mechanisation, are smooth and polished forcing the viewer to experience pleasure and unease simultaneously.
Sumedh hints at the wider context of human experience while engaging himself with the possibilities of sculptural experimentation. Sumedh’s work draws on a wide range of unusual, often discarded materials, from leather to perforated iron, from ceramic tiles to commercial packaging; he is interested in how we give things value. The social context of particular materials is also important to Sumedh, for example his use of leather can’t help but to point to the question of caste.
Sumedh Rajendran lives and works in Delhi. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in India and the UK. Recent solo exhibitions include Pseudo-Homelands, Rohtas Art Gallery, Lahore, 2005; Street Fuel Blackout, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2006; Final Call, Anant Art Centre, New Delhi, 2006.