everything here © M.T. Karthik 1999 – 2012
I’ve produced collage intermittently over the years, but began in earnest only after meeting and cohabiting with C.K. Wilde and working with Booklyn Artists Alliance at the end of the 20th century. This one’s called Hammernegger, 2012
IN PROGRESS VIDEO Above: The Soviet Project; Below: artists book, die Sonne
and here’s a little Oakland streets cutup
After a decade of digital culture, I concluded I don’t like the way my collage work looks on the net (or for that matter Wilde’s or Mark Wagner’s – by whose styles I was influenced), and I stopped releasing or publishing digital images for some time. Very specific work of mine, some of which is owned and thus archived by arts institutions, has not been photographed or digitized. This was by design. I think it makes experiencing that work more intimate.
At the dawn of the digital age, the need to craft books to communicate such ideas was shared by my colleagues at Booklyn Artists Alliance.
Now, in 2012, I resign myself to posting images again, because I need to sell them. (sigh). Wilde called my aesthetic “Tough Guy Minimalist.” In his context I couldn’t deny it.
mtk [2007 – 2009]:
The Rupee Ganesha was made in collaboration with C.K. Wilde
In the years 1999-2000, I used currency on canvas in:
No Real Choice 2000, a prophetic canvas completed two months BEFORE the Florida Fiasco and the (s)Election of 2000 which was decided behind closed doors by the U.S. Supreme Court. This canvas was installed during the Super Tuesday Primaries in February 2000 in The Voting Chamber.