UBIK. A firm grip (will improve your trajectory), 2011. Bottles, carton, cork, vaseline and tissues. Variable dimensions. Unique.
UBIK is an Indian artist living and working in Dubai, UAE. Born 1985.
The core of UBIK’s work deals with the relative ideology of chaos. It renders the absurdity of the world order and comments on the machinated playgrounds of human cliches, in a sarcastic and realistic way. UBIK crafts his work to be conceptual. Not in the form of technicality but rather its reactionary possibilities. The process of the work is to urge and provoke the viewer to self-reflect. The viewer is not an isolated agent, but rather his/er reaction is an integral part to the artistic production.
Currently, UBIK is heavily influenced by film, beatnik and gonzo literature, music, street art, anarchism and existentialist thought. His older works include drawings and paintings while his recent work has moved into a more conceptual direction, with a strong focus on text.
A firm grip (will improve your trajectory), Addresses the perverted state of excitement associated with various socio-political issues. The coke bottles represent a penis/molotov cocktail, and the title alludes to the act of masculine ‘masturbation’. In this context the bottles represent the sense of enthusiasm and macho tendencies of revolutions, where violence and mass hysterical overreactions are well permitted.