Pradeep Dalal is an artist and writer. His work was recently included in the exhibitions "Stories in the Social Landscape" at ICP, "Strange Invitation" at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT, "Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diasporaā€¯ in San Francisco and "Exchanging Glances" at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai, as well as: "Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic" at Murray Guy and "Fifty Artists Photograph the Future" at Higher Pictures. Pradeep has also exhibited at the Herter Art Gallery in Amherst, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, TART in San Francisco, and Orchard and PS122 Gallery in New York. His photographic work is included in Blind Spot 43. Pradeep's essay "A Bifocal Frame of Reference" was included in Western Artists and India (Thames and Hudson, 2013). He is a recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, and holds an MFA from ICP/Bard College and a MArch from MIT. He is on the faculty at the International Center of Photography and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and directs the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.

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Measure 1 (Kanchenjunga: Mumbai/Thrissur), 2009

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As an architecture student in the 1980s, I spent a few weeks measuring and preparing drawings of a 12th century temple in the southern Indian town of Thrissur. I revisited the temple complex in 2009 and recalled very little from the previous stay, but was stirred by the architecture this time - the sensual form of the stone plinths, faceted columns in shades of nut brown and kumkum red, the clarity of the grid-like enclosure of the temple complex and the deceivingly loose placement of the shrines modulating the flow of space gently, nudging not forcing. The modest grace of the devotees encircling the temple offering prayers; the practiced ease with which they gather the hem of their mundus as they walk, climb, bow, or fall prostrate; confronting me with a troubling certainty: my inability to cross from observer to believer.

Measure 2 (Target: Mumbai/Thrissur), 2009
Measure 3 (Target: Mumbai/Thrissur), 2009