A Selection of Short Videos by Kiran Subbaiah

17 February – 16 March 2012

What is this guy doing? What are these four videos about? They are fairly unassuming and appear to be straightforward, as anyone can see. The artist is stepping before the camera lens in basic homemade settings for a few minutes, to perform prescribed actions. But why he is doing this is another question altogether.  

In these videos, he tackles big topics—fame and ambition, flight versus mundane life, differences between reality and representation, failure and success.  Subbaiah's short videos add a fresh new dimension to longstanding video art traditions built on the DIY (do-it-yourself) performative model, introducing a unique blend that combines humor underpinned by substantive conceptual rigor. This presentation foregrounds the deadpan humor, philosophical conundrums, and refreshingly straightforward production methods characteristic of this internationally recognized artist from Bangalore. The videos date from 1999 to the present and run in a continuous fifteen-minute loop. Born in 1971, with two masters' degrees in sculpture from Baroda and the Royal College of Art in London, Subbaiah works in many different mediums including audio, web-based work, sculpture and photography.

Videos

 

Reality and the Mirror, 1999
Single channel video (black and white, sound), 3:08 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai
 

Flight Rehearsals, 2007
Single channel video (color, sound), 3:24 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai


World Famous Painting, 2007
Single channel video (color, sound), 1:17 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai


Take One Three Times, 2007
Single channel video (color, sound), 7:20 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai

 

 

About the artist

 

Born in 1971 in Sidapur, Karnataka, Kiran Subbaiah completed his Bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan, in 1992. He has two masters' degrees in sculpture from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara (1994) and the Royal College of Art, London (1999). Subbaiah works in many different mediums including audio, web-based work, sculpture and photography. He has participated in workshops at KHOJ, New Delhi (2005), and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2002-3), and been included in group exhibitions including Still Moving Image (2008), Indian Highway (2008), Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art (2009), and The SKODA Prize Exhibition (2011). Subbaiah is represented in Mumbai by Chatterjee & Lal Gallery.