Ian Malhotra (b.1991 Birmingham, UK) is a British-Indian artist whose work explores the transmission and translation of visual information, often mimicking digital methods of reproduction through labour intensive analogue processes. Some works are painstakingly drawn by hand in a system parodying that of an inkjet printer. Others use systems mimicking scanners, photocopiers or digital cameras and are performed as timed exercises in self-testing. The imagery worked with is natural elements in constant flux; skies, mountains, oceans and moving landscapes. These are chosen not just for their unsuitability to simulation through the binary nature of digital reproduction, but also the importance of this subject matter in the history of picture making. Many of these drawings then form the basis of a variety of prints, live performances, installations, animations and sound works.
Using human and mechanical systems par excellence as the Morse code and bit encoding, Ian Malhotra works on small scale erosions of the natural world, as if he is trying to combine a critic of experiencing nature by proxy and the exacerbation of cognitive sensations by having these codes enabling a sensorial clash, a mistranslation that forces the viewer to experience a thwarted temporality.
Ian Malhotra has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Manchester School of Art, 2014 and MA in Print, from the Royal College of Art, London, 2020.