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The Conceptual Art Portfolio of Prav Pillay

A photo of an outdoor installation with large stonesTransformations, collaborative community-based public art work (collaboration with Aaron Nelson-Moody - Squamish Nation)

 

Prav Pillay is a Canadian artist, researcher, and educator who produces artworks in a wide variety of media and styles. The artist’s works are often collaborative in their construction, or seek to engage their audiences through more than passive viewership. 


A photo of a 4-channel video installation projectafraid of what I could become, 4-channel video with 28 photos and 2 text panels. (Initial concept and video editor, co-narration by James Nicholas, photo and video camera by Sandra Semchuk, music by Joys Dancer.)

 

I like the way that Prav incorporates a wide range of aesthetics into a portfolio that still feels cohesive. The artist’s works are conceptual first and foremost, and it seems that Prav chooses whatever medium best conveys the intended message, rather than working from a place of affinity for one particular medium or method. Prav’s artworks cast a critical eye on systems in society at large, and as well as in more macrocosmic circles, such as the art industry itself. 


A screen capture of Pravin Pillay's art portfolio websitewww.pravpillay.net

 

Recent works by Prav have taken the form of outdoor installations, produced in collaboration with the Squamish first nation. These artworks take on a monolithic, solid form that feels different from the artist’s previous works of photography and institutional critique, though with a similar conceptual vein running through them.


An installation of a photo of a person's eyesWitness, Solo photographic installation - 19 monochrome images mounted on aluminum composite


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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