Graduate Lecture Series: Vishal Jugdeo, Artist
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Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Jugdeo’s videos are typically animated by absurdist sets and props, which extend from the illusionistic space of the projected image into the real space of the installation, where they serve as a highly stylized index to the process of production. His brand of uncanny theatricality creates friction between the exteriority of the actors’ performances and the performativity of objects while remaining steeped in a perverse game of semiotics. The actors are given a script devoid of context and thrust into settings whose narrative associations are unspecified yet familiar, calling for an extemporaneous responsiveness, as opposed to a fixed, linear approach to character and story. Jugdeo has said, “I engage performativity as a way of unsettling the order of things, embracing the inherent unpredictability and potential volatility of live situations.” The slow, deliberate pacing of the scenes is mirrored by the movements of the motorized sculptural objects in the installation, whose choreography in relation to the video allows new and unexpected layers of meaning to emerge.
Vishal Jugdeo is a Canadian artist based in Los Angeles. Since receiving a MFA at UCLA in 2007, he has exhibited widely including solo shows at the LAXART and Las Cienegas Projects in Los Angeles, and the Western Front and Helen Pitt Gallery in Vancouver, BC. He has participated in group exhibitions at numerous museums and institutions including the Witte De With Center for Contemporary Arts, Rotterdam, NL, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Armory Center for the Arts Pasadena. Recently he was awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Art Matters Foundation. Jugdeo teaches art at the University of Southern California and California State University Long Beach.