Tallur L.N. is a conceptual artist that uses sculpture, wall pieces, interactive work, and site-specific installations to expose the absurdities of everyday life and the anxieties that characterize contemporary society. His work incorporates the organic, handmade craftsmanship, found objects, the industrial, and symbols of India, oftentimes creating a correlation between traditional and contemporary customs.
Tallur explained, “We are taught to believe that life is very complex. For most of us, growing up has been a kind of preparation to face the challenges this ‘rat race’ might throw up. This inevitability in life has been the root of many ‘successes’ and ‘failures’. Somewhere in between lies the ignition point I am talking about. This ignition point where “matter” meets “antimatter” is where my explorations begin.”
Tallur was born in Karnataka, India in 1971. He lives and works between there and Seoul, South Korea. He received a BFA in Painting from Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (1996), an MFA in Museology from Maharaja Sayyajirao University (1998), and an MA in Contemporary Fine Art Practice from Leeds Metropolitan University (2002).
The New York Times described the artist’s work “each of his pieces is like a miniature curiosity cabinet, hand-assembled down to the smallest detail and packed with charmed and puzzling surprises.”
Tallur L.N. has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in Germany, South Korea, India, China, and the United States. Selected solo exhibitions include Tallur L.N.: Balancing Act, at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, Savannah, Georgia (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Beyond the Classical: Imagining the Ideal Across Time, at the National Academy Museum, New York (2014), The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia (2014), The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, (2012), Critical Mass: Contemporary Art from India, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2011), and Meditation: Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum, Taiwan, (2011). He was awarded the Skoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art (2012), and was part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2012-2013).
Jack Shainman Gallery has represented Tallur L.N. since 2013. Solo exhibitions held in the gallery include Tallur L.N.: New Yorked (2013).