Selected works by Tallur L.N.

Tallur L.N.


Inflatable bed, silicon, latex rubber, medical cot and forceps

275 x 280 x 160 cm

Bangalore born Tallur is an Indian artist who has rarely ventured outside India and grew up in the rural community. His works speak of the grinding poverty in the cultivated countryside. Employing Indian signs and symbols, Tallur conceives works that are characteristic of the underbelly of India, while still successfully managing to translate the anxiety of his subject matter to a larger audience. Untitled contains a hospital bed, with battered and torn inflatable mattresses piled high. The bed with the added sound of breathing, inflates and deflates like lungs. Tallur’s work delivers an incredibly depressing sight and sign of the objects of social utilitarianism. His sculptural works are riddled with the agony of laboured situations. For the artist, there is a pleasurable absurdity in the dishevelled traditions of the farmlands and the villages when compared to the new American-styled hyper-real cities that function as cash accumulators.

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Various and images –Tallur L.N.
L. N. Tallur, 28, is the 1999 winner of an annual award given by this gallery to an emerging artist from India, and his work carries the flavor of that country. For the occasion, the artist has built a series of small wooden cabinets painted to imitate cast bronze. Two are vertical, the others low to the ground.
Selected images, biographical information and publications list
Group show at Bose Pacia with Subodh Gupta and Rashid Rana.
L.N. Tallur's interactive installations are intriguing, rough and ready bazaar like objects shot through with ironic humor. Tallur's works are vinyl sculptures which are inflated with air but the viewer also encounters the works deflated, flat and lifeless.
It would be fitting to end with the work of another politically conscious artist, the young sculptor-installator Tallur L. N. His interactive sculpture-installation, "Millennium Logo", comprises a ready-made robot, an electronic sound machine which accompanies ritual worship in many Indian temples.
Another exhibition highlight is L.N. Tallur’s large scale and brightly colored, inflatable vinyl installation Made in England: A temple designed for India (2000), which addresses the mania for shrines and the search for spiritual roots. Viewer’s can enter the darkened sanctum of this easily transportable temple.