Permindar Kaur is a sculpture/ installation artist, whose approach to art is playful, using childlike objects to explore the territory of cultural identity, home and belonging. She uses simple forms, for instance furniture (beds, cots and chairs) and toys (soft, brightly coloured figures, trucks and animal forms). These objects resemble displaced domestic belongings, which have been distorted and manipulated to invoke the uncanny. They are deceptively familiar in their appearance and initially might remind the viewer of innocence, childhood and play belying their sinister undertones.
Kaur has exhibited internationally; major solo exhibitions include Hiding Out, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts (2014); Untitled, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Berwick (1999); Comfort of Little Places, Aspex, Portsmouth (1998) and Cold Comfort, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Mead Gallery, Coventry (1996). Major group exhibitions include Animals & Us, Turner Contemporary (2018); A Vision of Utopia, Spirella Building, Letchworth (2014); Spoilt Rotten: Young Curators, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales (2005); At Home with Art, Tate, London and touring (2000); Hot Air, Granship, Shizouka Arts Centre, Japan (1999); Pictura Britannica, Art from Britain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (1997); British Art Show, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff (1995).
Photographed by Brian Benson © Brian Benson
Home – 12 December 2020 – 2 July 2021 Curated by HS Projects,
5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG
Breaking The Mould: Sculpture by Women Since 1945 – 1 April – 13 June 2021. Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. An Arts Council Touring Exhibition
A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 90’s – 15 June – 30 August 2021, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Home – Review by Piers Masterson for This Is Tomorrow, Feb 26th 2021
‘I am careful not to offer answers’. Interview with Michal Boncza, Morning Star, Feb 6-7, 2021
Morning Star interview
Artist Permindar Kaur in conversation with Eddie Chambers, March 9th for Djanogly Gallery.
Aesthetica Future Now Symposium 2021, May 1st, 18.15-19.15. Breaking the Mould: Women Sculptors Since 1945 with Natalie Rudd, Rana Begum, Holly Hendry. Led by Hollie Trusted
Glasshouses and other sculptures: the work of Permindar Kaur by Dr Alice Correia, April 27th for PSSA.