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That placebo effect

Displayed at Chemould Prescott Road, Tallur’s works would be synonymous with unusual and absurd. Placebo, is LN Tallur’s installation art show after nine years in the city. Jigna Padhiar explores...

art and culture Updated: Mar 06, 2009 20:06 IST
Jigna Padhiar
Jigna Padhiar
Hindustan Times

Displayed at Chemould Prescott Road, Tallur’s works would be synonymous with unusual and absurd. The dictionary meaning of placebo says it is an effect in medicine where the results of a medical treatment are affected by their symbolism and not just the medical value. “The show is comment on the way we continue our life with a belief that we are in the right direction and the problems would get solved one day ,” explains Tallur.

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The show comprises six large-scale mixed media sculpture-installations in materials varying from bronze, fiber, concrete, iron, glass and heavy machinery to real human hair, with a play of lights and music.

Among the works, Souvenir Maker, is a machine that produces barbed wire. The viewer is expected to walk on the ramp, reach the switch to the machine and put it on.

“My works are interactive and demand involvement of more than one of the five senses that we have. I provide an entry point to the viewer to experience the work and once the viewer starts to participate and interact with my works, they open up further avenues,” he says.

Crudeness is a visual element common through all his works. “If the concept demands, I do it. Sometimes I see an object and get inspired to create a work out of it. At other times it works the other way. I get a concept and translate into a visual. I don’t repeat my works,” he says.

Tallur was born and brought up in a small town in Karnataka. He studied at Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore, Maharaja Sayyajirao University of Baroda and Leeds Metropolitan University in UK. He is a recipient of Sanskriti Award, Commonwealth Scholarship, Emerging Artist Award, Inlaks Fine Art Award, the Karnataka Lalitkala Akademi Scholarship among others.

First Published: Mar 06, 2009 20:05 IST