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Artist of the Day | Shreyas Karle

Shreyas Karle

“Performing under pressure in the museum of broken objects”


Museum glass, broken terracotta horse and wooden stand,

27 x 20 x 3 inches


Working across disciplines, Shreyas Karle uses formats such as illustration, collage, video, publications, sculptural forms and collaborative community projects to visually harness absurdity and social puns that shine light upon more serious psychological issues and situations. In his own words, Karle concerns himself with the grammar of art, and his process-based practice comes together in unique ways that is more concerned with the idea than the final form. Karle purposefully works against ideas of linear creative processes and celebrates the accidental findings of research that link his nomadic moments of inspiration. In addition to his work as a visual artist and directly linked to process of his practice, Karle is also the founder and co-director of CONA, an artist run space in Mumbai.

Shreyas Karle (born in 1981) received his MVA Part II (Painting) at the MS University, Baroda, 2008. He completed his diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from LS Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, 2002.

He is the Recipient of FICA Artist Award for Emerging contemporary Artist of India 2009, Recipient of the Bodhi Art award 2008, Recipient of the Kava Award from Kashi Art Gallery 2008 and Recipient of the Nasreen Mohamedi scholarship from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University of Baroda 2007.

Karle ki koshish was Shreyas’s first solo show collaborated by Project 88 and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2010. He has participated in several group shows including Keep Drawing, Gallery Espace, Delhi, 2008, Recent Works at Project88, Mumbai, 2008 and EVERYTHING, curated by Krishnamachari Bose, Amsterdam, 2008.

His work was a part of a curated show by Lalit Kala Akademi in Vietnam under the Cultural Ministry of India and Vietnam, as well as Caturday is a Cleaning Day curated by Gitanjali Dang at ‘The Loft’, Mumbai, 2009.

Shreyas Karle was a resident artist at Montalvo Arts Center- Saratoga (California) with fellow artist Hemali Bhuta. He was also a part of Bengaluru Artist Residency –one (Bar1) in 2008. He is working as a co-coordinator for SANDRABH (site specific residencies), and will be a part of the ESSL museum show for young Indian contemporary artist, Vienna, 2010.

The artist currently resides and works in Mumbai.

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