An artist who works in sculpture, performance and multimedia installation, Srinivas Prasad incorporates personal and public histories in his work. He also integrates his experience with theatre into his art practice.
Prasad was born in Bangalore (now Bengaluru), Karnataka, and obtained a BFA and MFA in sculpture from the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in 1996 and 1998, respectively. His early work, Support (1996), was a site-specific installation made from natural elements. Subsequent works saw a mix of sculptural installation and performance. Search (1997) was his first performance work, for which he transformed a classroom space at the Indian Institute of Fine Arts, Bengaluru, into an optical illusion. Another work, Sthalapuranagalu (1999), highlighted the history of the Samudaya House, an old theatre in Bengaluru which was scheduled to be demolished, with a site-specific installation that included live animals.
His practice evolved to include a combination of interactive installations and simultaneous performance. Works such as Kulu Mukti (2000), Thirteenth Day (2006) and Known to Unknown (2006) explored the idea of death and associated rituals. He also incorporated meditations on the artistic process by exploring aspects of creation, perception and the impermanence of art in installations such as Work Under Progress (2003), Breath (2007) and Erase (2007). Other commonly explored themes include the experiential and sensorial aspects of art beyond the act of viewing, as in Steal a Glance (2006) and Labyrinth (2007), as well as autobiographical and personal elements, such as in Blanket (2005) and Deep Sleep (2014).
Prasad has participated in the Tirtha International Artists Workshop at Colombo (2003); an artist workshop at Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai; and the Sculpture Symposium at Marble and Marble, Colorado. His works have been exhibited at the Singapore Biennale (2008); Devi Art Foundation, Delhi (2011); Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2012); GALLERYSKE, Bengaluru (2010, 2013, 2014); and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi (2015). He is represented by GALLERYSKE.
As of writing, Prasad lives and works between Bengaluru and Shimoga, where he lives with his wife Ranjani Shettar.
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