Umesh makes assemblages and sculptures that subvert the basic design and function of objects, with the process of production being of equal tenor to the finished article. With a playful approach, the familiar is met with irony as diverse, chance and alien objects or substances are related to each other in visually expressive yet contradictory ways.
Recent work shows Umesh's interest in initiating collaborative projects, involving people of diverse cultural practices: labourers, craftsmen, and other practitioners, with the intention of locating & subverting cultural and economic productions and facilitating the development of an interactive cultural practice.
Umesh Kumar lives and works in Bangalore, India. His residency is supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust and the Nehru Centre.
He has taken part in several international workshops and residencies such as Casa Tres Patios, Medellin, Colombia (2010); SaNsa International Artist Workshop 3 (Triangle Arts workshop), Ghana (2009); Sandarbh International Artists site specific workshop at Rajasthan, India (2009) and had a solo show entitled Miscellany Optjectii at 1Shanthiroad studio Gallery, Bangalore, India (2008).