b. 1982, India

Vinod Balak Biography

Balak's The Piper Dog and Hundred Others, depicts a miniaturized landscape where hordes of dogs are giving sexual chase. His manner of representing the dogs recalls Krishna's cows at Godhuli, a dynamic subject in Indian miniature painting and the art of the 'pichhwai' marking the setting of the sun, and the homeward return. The object of their pursuit is a small multi-armed doll like figure, being carried away by the leader of the pack – her multiple arms rendering her like a miniaturized dysfunctional Devi. One is tempted here to believe that these are highly sectarian readings as informed by the Shiva-Shakti-Buddhist politics of Indian religious history. But what Balak provides are the first indications that may be realized more fully later.

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Balak's interjection at the site of western and Indian artistic convention opens up a critical debate of the location of the young artist. His own position is to move beyond the Indian artists' desire for accommodation, or assimilation within western mainstream art practices into a critique of systems, both Indian and global. There is here a preparedness to present a third stream with an insistence on the recognition of unresolved debates, nascent ideas, the aesthetics of the street and the temple, and the politics of the region. The viewer is challenged and compelled to recognize the presence of newer art histories, and artistic positions in the making.

Vinod Balak Featured Artworks

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Tomorrow’s Land by Vinod Balak contemporary artwork painting
Vinod Balak Tomorrow’s Land, 2018 Oil on canvas
36 x 96 inches
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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
The Tower of Euphoria by Vinod Balak contemporary artwork painting
Vinod Balak The Tower of Euphoria, 2019 Oil on canvas
67 x 84.5 inches
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The Terrain under Catharsis by Vinod Balak contemporary artwork painting
Vinod Balak The Terrain under Catharsis, 2019 Oil on canvas
43 x 96 inches
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The Saint and the Invaders by Vinod Balak contemporary artwork painting
Vinod Balak The Saint and the Invaders, 2019 Oil on canvas
36 x 96 inches
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The Circumambulation by Vinod Balak contemporary artwork painting
Vinod Balak The Circumambulation, 2019 Oil on canvas
48 x 96 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Holy Invasion by Vinod Balak contemporary artwork painting
Vinod Balak Holy Invasion, 2015 Oil on canvas
36 x 96 inches
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Game of Eves by Vinod Balak contemporary artwork painting
Vinod Balak Game of Eves, 2018 Oil on canvas
24 x 78 inches
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The Siamese Pigs by Vinod Balak contemporary artwork painting
Vinod Balak The Siamese Pigs, 2009 Oil on canvas
149 x 170 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery

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