Noli Me Tangere     |      Video
Sphuta | Sphutam

...and my Transference
Performance shot, 2014
+Thousand Eyes
Conic      |      Video

Talking the Ziggurat II

Talking the Ziggurat I
Choreo Drawings Choreo
Structure is what i speak
Greco Punjabis
I Talk the Ziggurat
The Story Compounders coming_soon
Talk the Temple
Voluptuous still lives
Noli Me Tangere II
Floating cloud in a blue tube

Kuldeep Singh is an inter-disciplinary artist working in visual art and Indian classical dance of Odissi. He creates narratives and scenes that transcend media, culture and timelines. Through drawings and arrangements in movement he sets equations between Odissi and its percussion system into static visual expression. His works attempt to stretch layers beyond their original medium and thus act as romantic laboratories that extend trajectories investigating kinship to installation, performance and moving image.

As a research-based artist, his practice is informed by postcolonial literature and is rooted in Indian aesthetics of first millennium AD. Through his intensive training in Odissi, a compound system of codified movement, gestures and percussive mnemonics, he extracts components in acting, sound and spatial design creating startling temporal manifestations. By favouring methods of collage, jump cuts and juxtaposition, he creates a language that is highly personal and poly-faceted which seeks a parallel to the architectonics of South Indian Hindu temples, where overlap of functions is the accepted norm.

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Kuldeep Singh

b. India

2015 MFA Painting and Inter-media, University of Iowa [Scholarship]
2005-2012 Indian classical dance of Odissi, under the tutelage of eminent danseuse Madhavi Mudgal at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi
2007 BFA, College of Art, Delhi University

2016 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, NE
2015 OMI ARTS International, NY
2015 Yadoo, NY
2014 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, USA
2010 Bishkek Art Centre, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2009 Tellus Art, Stockholm

2015 Dedalus Foundation Fellowship finalist
2014 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, NYC
2014 Mildred Pelzer Fellowship in the field of Painting, IA
2009 National FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Award, Indian Films, Mumbai
2009 Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
2004 Swapan Biswas Award, Delhi University, New Delhi

2015 Movement and Mediation, curated by Hector Canonge, Queens Museum, NYC
2015 The Idea of Land and Landscape in Odissi, Yaddo, NY
2015 Invited Odissi performance for HCL Technologies, Cedar Rapids, IA
2014 and 2013 School of Musicology, University of Iowa, IA
2014 Sari Convention, South Asian Studies Program, University of Iowa, IA
2013 Sensual and the Spiritual, Lecture demonstration on 13th cent. Sanskrit Love Poetry, Department of Religious Studies, University of Iowa, IA
2013 Lecture demonstration in Odissi, Spic Macay- First India chapter at University College, London
2012 UNICEF, Iowa City, IA

2015 STRUCTURE IS WHAT I SPEAK Of, Installation Gallery, University of Iowa*
2015 Kolkata International Performance Art festival III, Calcutta, India
2015 Uiowa Grads and Faculty show, Cornell College, Mount Vernon
2014 NOLI ME TANGERE, Collaboration with Heidi Wiren Bartlett, Levitt Gallery, Iowa City*
2014 VERSE 66 at TINY ELEVEN, Englert Theatre in collaboration with Trumpet Blossom, Iowa City
2014 SPEAK PARROT SPEAK at I TALK THE ZIGGURAT, Englert Theatre, Iowa City
2014 University of Iowa DANCE GALA, Space Place Theatre, Iowa City
2014 SKOWHEGAN PERFORMS, Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC
2014 …+ THOUSAND EYES, Collaborative Performance. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture*
2014 TINYSOME, …and my translation, Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting
2014 CONIC, TinyTen, Englert Theatre, Iowa City
2014 MA Graduate Show, Eve Drewlowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2014 OF MOONS & TORSOS, drawing based performance, Gallery Porch, Iowa City, IA*
2014 SANKEERNA JAGATĪ and NAAPAN, Kolkata International Performance Arts Festival II, Calcutta, India
2013 TALKING THE ZIGGURAT II, Collaborative Performance at Space Place Theatre, Iowa City, IA
2013 DUMB AND THE GOOD LOOKING, Ana Mendieta Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2012 CONSTRUCTION OF LOSS, Gallery Exhibit 320, New Delhi
2011 PREVIEW: KULDEEP SINGH, Gallerie Romain Rolland, Alliance de Francaise, New Delhi*
2010 ART FOR CAUSE, Gallery Ragini, New Delhi
2009 NAVSAR Annual Show, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
2009 Ctr, Alt+Dlt, Gallery Stainless Steel, New Delhi
2008 National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Panjim, Goa

2015 TALK THE TEMPLE, Collaborative Production, Englert Theatre, Iowa City
2014 I TALK THE ZIGGURAT, Englert Theatre, Iowa City
2014 …+ THOUSAND EYES, Collaborative Performance. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2014 TINYSOME, Performance Project. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2011 THE STORY COMPOUNDERS, Visual Art Show. L'institut supérieur des arts appliqués, New Delhi

2012-2015 Elements of Art and Basic Drawing, Instructor of record, University of Iowa, IA
2009-2012 Lecturer for Indian Aesthetics, College of Art, Delhi University, New Delhi
2011-2012 Visiting lecturer for drawing, L'institut supérieur des arts appliqués, New Delhi
2010-2012 Visiting lecturer for applied drawing, IILM School of Design, New Delhi

2011 Cultural Expertise to University of Iowa Studio Arts Program in South India
2009 THE DREAM MUSUEM PROJECT, Researcher for DEVI ART FOUNDATION in collaboration with ASIA ART ARCHIVES-Hong Kong, New Delhi
2008 Assistant to Eminent Art Historian Benoy K. Behl, New Delhi
2007 Assistant, Vinita Chand Design Associates, New Delhi

Email: Kuldeep Singh