Balasubramaniam drains away certain ´inherent´ qualities of objects and merges them with their ´other´ bringing disorientation in the minds of the viewer, sometimes. In one of his previous works he had projected a soft halo onto the wall and in the middle had drawn a circular mark with a pencil that mimicked a shadow. So illusionary was it that viewers’ simply walked past it thinking all was well. The shadow had been caused not by some absence but by a material presence.
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Alwar BALASUBRAMANIAM was born in 1971 in Tamil Nadu, India. He lives and works in Bangalore. He studied at the EPW in Edinburgh and the Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Trained as a painter and printer, BALASUBRAMANIAM is also a sculptor. He has had one-man exhibitions at the Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts; Talwar Gallery, New York; Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; and the Carloz Lozano Gallery, Cadaques, Spain.