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Unifying Opposing Viewpoints: Art by Prav Pillay


An installation view of an outdoor stone sculpture and gardenTransformation in Earth and Stone, collaborative community based ceremonial public art work, collaboration with Xwalacktun - Squamish Nation

 

Conceptual and multi-media artist Prav Pillay uses his practice as a way of unifying opposing viewpoints, and rectifying the tension between environmentalism, history and technological advancement. Prav’s works take many forms and incorporate a range of media including installation, public art, sculpture and photography.


A detail photo of an outdoor art installation in Fort MacMurrayTransformation in Earth and Stone (detail), collaborative community based ceremonial public art work, collaboration with Xwalacktun - Squamish Nation

 

Prav’s most recent works took the form of a public installations in collaboration with the Squamish first nation. Transformation in Earth and Stone is a collaborative artwork in Fort MacMurray, Alberta, based around a “thunderbird egg” – that is, a large irregular boulder. The boulder was etched with petroglyph designs and placed at the center of a garden arrangement with a number of smaller stones and directional pathways. Prav worked closely with artists Xwalactun and Cleo Reese.

 

A screen capture of Prav Pillay's art website

The front page of Prav's website

 

The artist also created another Transformation work in North Vancouver, BC over the past year. I like the way the two works differ, each expressing the unique shape of its own environment. The North Vancouver work is installed on the waterfront and features a tall, obelisk-like boulder surrounded by rings of smaller stones. 


An installation view of Prav Pillay's TransformationsTransformations, collaborative community based public art work, collaboration with Aaron Nelson-Moody - Squamish Nation


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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