L. N. Tallur

IND (1971). Lives and works in India and South Korea.

Graft A; Graft B; Graft C
2013. Wood inlay
Graft A, 110 x 177,9 x 19,9 cm image
Graft B, 116,4 x 65,5 x 19,9 cm.
Graft C, 99,8 x 161,2 x 19,9 cm.

Born and raised in a rural Indian community, Tallur L. N. springs from the simple life of the countryside with a body of images that are upon occasion rough and depressing, as they condemn social utilitarianism. A student of museology, Tallur investigates the way in which value is attributed to certain art works and how these take on an aura of power that influences the way they are portrayed.

Graft is a series of conceptual works that become a museum object as a testimony to the paradigmatic argument of the artist’s conception. For Tallur, if an art works get exhibited in a museum, it acquires a fifth dimension. The idea of remodeling an art work is inspired by Einstein’s theory of relativity which introduces temporal coordinates that occupy a fourth dimension, locating the object in a given time and space.

Through works like this, Tallur asks himself what the fifth dimension is: Is it the institutionalization of the object, or is it the intangible component which cannot be described scientifically? In order to express this quandary, Tallur presents us with a cross-section slice of a tree trunk where its age can be seen in its rings. Inlay techniques are employed in order to incorporate natural rings into the museum as an object. In this matter he continues to question the role of museums in the immortalization of objects.