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Ishan Khosla | Visiting Artist Lecture
Tuesday, April 12, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Ishan Khosla (b. Fort Kochi, 1976) is a South Asian visual artist, designer, researcher, and educator with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York City, and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Washington. Currently, he is an associate professor at UPES Dehradun.
Khosla’s work as an artist is influenced by the images he captures on the streets of India. These become a repository that helps him distill his observations, thoughts, and ideas into artworks. His artistic practice reflects the visual quality of his commercial work as a type and graphic designer. His art addresses the larger socio-cultural contexts as well as the quotidian and employ tropes such as parody, irony, and subversion.
Exhibitions include, Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, Australia; Handcraft for the digital: Type design from India at Atelier Muji Ginza, Tokyo; Crossing Visions V: The Ecology of Creation, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; BOLD — Graphic Design from India, London Design Festival; Fracture: New Directions on Contemporary Textiles, Devi Art Foundation; and Works created for Porosity Kabari at Studio X, Mumbai in 2016 have been shown at: Serendipity Arts Festival; Continental Shift: Contemporary art and South Asia (Bunjil Place) Australia; Nishi Gallery, Canberra; and the Australian Design Center, Sydney; Hawkesbury Gallery, Australia. Works have been collected at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan, and the Powerhouse Museum, Australia.
His academic papers — “Godna: from skin to screen, on the typeface made from tribal tattoos” has been published in the National Museum Institute book, Art, Design and Society; while “After Life: lessons on product longevity from the informal economy” has been published in State-of-the-Art Upcycling Research and Practice [Springer].
Khosla’s work has been published in Bi-scriptual — Typography and Graphic Design with Multiple Script Systems; Typographic Universe, Found Type, India Contemporary Design: Fashion, Graphics, Interiors; Tokyo Type Directors Club, New Graphic Design; Asian Graphics Now! among others. He has given talks at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, the Powerhouse Museum, Maison de Sciences de l’Homme, Semi-Permanent, the University of Edinburgh, COFA (Sydney), Konstfack (Stockholm), Aalto University (Helsinki), the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art, Typographics (Type @ Cooper), Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), Type Drives Communities, Typo Berlin, TypoDay, TypeWknd 21, London Design Festival, Pune Design Festival, Kyoorius Design Yatra, etc.
Typecraft promotes literacy. Godna, a tribal tattoo Latin script typeface originating in Jamgala village, Chattisgarh in central India (Gondwana Land) made in collaboration with godharin women Ram Keli Pavle, Sunita Pavle and Sumitra Pavle._____
Illinois State University Wonsook Kim School of Art is honored to annually host the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. This event series is free and open to the public, and provides our students and community members opportunities to learn from talented artists from all around the globe. The Spring 2022 iteration of the Visiting Artist Series will occur entirely on Zoom. However, no recordings of any lectures will be made available. Contact Art@ilstu.edu for more information.