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Art for the fun of it

art-and-culture Updated: Apr 24, 2009 22:00 IST
Jigna Padhiar
Jigna Padhiar
Hindustan Times
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Small in format, precise and considerably more intimate, Kiran Subbaiah’s art is simple and easily communicates his wit and ideas, in a fun manner. Precise conceptualisations, interactive and interesting in form, characterise his work.

“My works don’t take a lot of time to view. Just one walk through the gallery is enough,” says the Bangalore based 37-year-old who studied sculpture at Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan, M S University, Baroda and Royal College of Art, London. “I joined art school because I can pretend that I am studying while not studying,” he jokes.

Show with a twist
Fun, pun and humour, the show comes across as a refreshing break from all that is typically art. Take for instance a work titled, Truth Puzzle— a locked box made of glass and wood— the key of which is inside the box. Another quirky work, Love All, is a football made out of match sticks, around which is a carpet made of the side patches of the matchbox to light the matches.

The show includes artworks created over thirteen years. Subbaiah makes use of a variety of media, like experimenting with ultrasonic sound, video and computer specific works and simple objects of everyday life to create three-dimensional artworks.

Humor and us
He explains the humour, acute awareness of art and reference to behaviour, “Initially I used a lot of reference to Indian history. After moving abroad, I made a conscious effort to move away from imagery that viewers over there would not
understand.”

The artist has been associated with universities and residencies abroad as faculty as well. Over the last six months the artist has been part of international exhibitions.