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suresh babu maddilety

Hyderabad, India

one of the contemporary artists for all universes

Biography

Suresh Babu Maddilety (b. in 1971, in Medukurthi/India) is a multidisciplinary artist working with video art, paintings, and installations. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Hyderabad and received an MFA from the University of Hyderabad in 1998.

In his practice, he combines science and philosophy into visual manifestations using digital media, text, photography, paint, found images and trivial objects. He is inspired by the strange inherent characteristics of the elements and procedures that constitute our world, the universe that surrounds us, and their ephemeral qualities.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, earning him top honour at the 47th All India Art Exhibition by the Hyderabad Art Society in 1988. He is the finalist in; The Ars Electronica (2021), Mellow Art Award (2021), Art Slant Prize (2018), Arte Laguna Prize (2015) among others. He is currently based in Hyderabad.

Artist Statement

I  combine science and philosophy into visual manifestations using digital media, text, photography, painting, found images and trivial objects.

I am fascinated by how things change over time,  I am particularly interested in the forces that influence and alter the cycle of seasons and nature. I use art to explore these ideas and I think of my art like a puzzle. I am always searching for connections between different ideas and materials. I believe that everything is connected and constantly changing.

My art practice is  based on the theory of Conformal Cyclic Cosmology (CCC) by physicist and mathematician Sir Roger Penrose’s . His theory suggests a cyclical view of the universe, offering an alternative to the traditional Big Bang model.  I view my work as an ongoing project, part of a larger task within artistic discourse and practice. 

My art also reflects  how even the most minor things, like atoms, are part of a bigger picture. I consider the image a visual depiction of atoms. Using various techniques, such as digital collage, new media, and traditional painting, I playfully transform the basic elements of matter and the cosmos—atoms and galaxies—into recognisable figures, objects, and landscapes. By viewing all materials as atoms, I explore how mediums change naturally as time passes.

I do not see my art as finished products but as ongoing experiments. I am driven by the perpetual cycle of matter’s evolution, continuously moving forward towards the future. I aspire for my work to spark curiosity and encourage others to continue exploring, creating, and innovating.

Artwork Descriptions

 

 

1.  Social Liquids

2. Universe Constructivism

3.  Microscopicism

4. Pronouncism

5. Found the Space for Art

6. Artifact Materialism

1. Social Liquids

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“SociaLiquids” is an ongoing video art series comprising 11 works created between 2015 and 2019, each around 10 minutes long and available on YouTube. Maddilety explores the concept of combining diverse substances—ranging from municipal water to dog faeces —to create new materials, capturing his spontaneous interactions with these elements in each video. Inspired by material transformations, Maddilety dissects cultural meanings associated with social commodities, viewing substance blending as an art form. He invites viewers to reflect on the fluidity of existence and limitless potential for creation.

2. Universe Constructivism

“Universe Constructivism” is a digital art series created in 2023. Using New Media techniques and NASA’s galaxy photos, Maddilety meticulously composes visual narratives in digital collages. Each artwork is crafted entirely from distant galaxies. Despite their digital nature, these pieces convey cosmic grandeur, inviting viewers to contemplate the vastness of space. Maddilety envisions a Galaxy Art movement akin to Land Art, using galaxies as a medium to expand artistic creativity into the cosmic realm, inspiring contemplation of future scientific and creative explorations.

3. Microscopicism

“Microscopicism” is a research-based conceptual project. The starting point was the question of how to conceive a traditional still-life study within an actual atom’s microworld, challenging stereotypical connections of reality with tangibility. 

“Microscopicism” explores the unseen material world around us. Scientists deal with these mediums to understand how our universe, ecosystems, and bodies function. Suresh approaches the same topic, but his departure point is the visual representation of microscopic objects. While scientists must be pragmatic and maintain a rigid systematic procedure, he allows himself to employ a more creative and insightful process to examine similar hypotheses. 

4. Pronouncism

5. Pronouncism

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title: Pronouncism 01- 01 medium: video year; 2022

“Pronouncism” is a video artwork that combines audio, video, and text elements. In the video, we hear an AI software’s voice pronouncing made-up words typed by the artist. Using the Telugu alphabet, native to Andhra Pradesh in South India and Suresh’s mother tongue, the artist randomly typed letters, allowing the software to vocalise them. The resulting words are absurd. “Pronouncism” opens up a discussion on our unique routes of thought and how we use our languages, challenging the significance of pronunciation and questioning the meaning we assign to specific sounds and words. Inspired by text art, Suresh explores the concept of using linguistic elements, asking why we use words from language in text art but not the pronouns from abstract words.

 

5. Found the Space for Art

4. Found the space for art

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Title: the drawing inside the rock 01-01 Medium: video Year: 2023

This video was created using Blender, a 3D computer graphics software program. It is an animation of a large rock in a minimal abstract environment.

The drawing itself is not significant. I just placed a rock to fill up the space. Advertising uses model graphics containing generic images and placeholder typography to create templates for future designs. My practice refers basically to this process.

The rock, the ground it sits on, and the surrounding landscape are placeholders. Through imagination and creativity, someone can construct new forms within these structures. I explore the, exciting although alarming, potential of using physical matter in unexpected ways for creating art. Future artists might generate artworks inside mountains, atoms, celestial objects or even the human body.

Inspired by Graffiti art, I aspire to visualize new places for artistic experimentation, questioning thus the surfaces of artistic images and challenging the processes of visual representation’s ideas.

Materialism is one of the major philosophical concepts that my work concerns. According to its principles, the matter is the fundamental substance of the universe and defines all forms of creation. These forms are then differentiated with various attributes.

From an aesthetic standpoint, Artifact Materialism is a conceptual visualization of this philosophical theory. Every object tells a story, and my paintings seek to narrate their story from the inside out. I consider each of the objects in my paintings equal to a single atom. A flower is an atom, as is an umbrella. In nature, these items possess many different angles. However, my paintings synthesize the surface area to a single angle or vantage point. Moreover, behind each canvas, a magnet is placed as a metaphor for natural powers. This work aims to question the one-dimensional study of philosophies and common representation, as objects can be seen here from many angles.

CV

 

SURESH BABU MADDILETY
Born 1971, Medukurthi, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Lives and works in Hyderabad.
https://artsted.com/profile/portfolio

EDUCATION:
Graduation: 1986-1992; B.F.A J.N.T.U. College of fine arts, Hyderabad.
Post-Graduation: 1996-1998; M.F.A University of Hyderabad.

FINALIST:

Special prize winner, Mellow Art Award 2021
For video work in IAR International Artist Residency 2020- Napoli (Italy).
For installation work in YICCA Art contest 2017/2018 – Milan (Italy).

1st 2018 Art Slant Prize juried winner, USA.
For installation work in YICCA Art contest 2017- Rome (Italy).
For installation work in Art Laguna Prize 2015- Venice (Italy).
For installation work in Premio Combat Prize2015- Livorno (Italy).

SELECTED FOR ART FESTIVALS:
The Ars Electronica Festival 2021, Austria.
Festival DeSidera, Italy.
Modigliani Opera Vision, Italy.

ARTISTS SELECTION FIRST PHASE:
Air Land 3.0 INSIDE LAND organized by the Quasi Quadro association, 2020, Turin (Italy).

AWARDS:
47th All India Art exhibition by the Hyderabad art society, 1988.

ONE MAN SHOW:
On 13th Sep 1998, at C.I.E.F.L, Hyderabad.

GROUP SHOWS:
ICAC art gallery group show, 2022, Ahmedabad, India.
Round Lemon international online show2021- UK
PITCH collective video mapping, 2021- Russia
Finalists Exhibition -YICCA Art contest 2017/18- Milan (Italy).
Finalists Exhibition – YICCA Art contest 2017/- Rome (Italy).
Finalists Exhibition – Art Laguna Prize 2015 -Venice (Italy).
Finalists Exhibition – Premio Combat Prize 2015- Livorno (Italy).
International Gallery Of The Arts (IGOA) 2017.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY:
Artist Residency Programme By Kerala Lalit Kala Academy, 2017, India.

PUBLICATION:
Artists of the Month, October 2021, Wendy.network.
Artist profiles, May 1918, ArtSlant.

EXHIBITION PARTICIPATION:
J.N.T.U. College of Fine Arts Annual Exhibitions;
1988,1989,1990,1991.
All India Art Exhibitions, The Hyderabad Art Society;1988,1989,1990,1991,1992,1993,1994.
P.S. Telugu University Exhibition of Art, Hyderabad; 1997.

ARTIST CAMPS: Andhra Pradesh Young Artists Camp by A.P. Govt., 1997,1998,1999,2000

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