Thursday, January 07, 2010

Damien Hirst's half cast Subodh Gupta

Poverty exists, who wants a cast of it

Subodh Gupta after Subodh Gupta

Subodh Gupta I am guessing thinks the art world needs a vegetation Damien Hirst. He has been chosen.

The medicine cabinet, the orange pills and stainless steel utensils

Subodh Gupta work is ostentatious, the Saatchi gallery says he employs many of the original techniques of French conceptualist Marcel Duchamp by elevating the ready-made into an art object, but were readymades considered as art? I love how the gallery promotes him, look closely, do all the body part fit?

U.FO. is another work made up of hundreds of brass water utensils that are soldered together to resemble a flying saucer. This gleaming sculpture is amusing yet pertinent to ideas of sustainability, poverty and notions of otherness. The repetition of forms and the exaggeration of scale is a common element in Gupta’s work. See his work though the Saatchi gallery

Yoshitomo Nara's mango girl in curry after " A penny for belief II"

Fucking cutlery after " Spooning"

Subodh Gupta's cardboard box after "Aam Aadmi" and " Jeff the Koons"

Wall with diya after "Wall"

In his new works Gupta moves away from composite sculptures towards objects that possess an auratic quality. Readymade commodities experience transformations in scale and material, transmogrifying from factory-produced items into extraordinary artefacts. - See the samples at Hauser & Wirth

It should be noted that these studies require readers to know the actual work parodied or otherwise it should be viewed as a reference point via the links.

As I dragged that trunk into the space, I apposed it at every stage. This is not a gallery, I don't have a staff or a forklift. The installation is still up and that's usual, by default, the work itself has a human quality, but Gupta sculpture is just a tree coming out of a wall. Now I have to get that ton of a trunk out after making like in all small / median and large silly replicas.

So is Subodh Gupta a fool, are curators foolish enough to tag him with Marcel Duchamp? The answer in yes, he's playing the game, jack of all trades.

The comment
over Subodh Gupta's work makes it clear that installation art must be highly finished and should possess a larger than life stature but not necessarily to mean anything but a conglomerated fuse to project and mask as an identifiable portrait, still life, object or thing. Hence, if it looks like a mango and it even has the weight of it, but if you find yourself in a situation famished, you'll taste the sweetest art in your career.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw the work of Subodh Gupta in Canada in 2007. He was featured in a group show, and was one of the standouts. I believe that like the Chinese contemporary artists, Gupta represents the 'best' of the contemporary Indian artists. The west is naturally excited to find the next Koons and Hirst's, and so, although for many third world artists, their educations come from the west, they seem to have to play up everything kitche and dramaticly cliche of their home countries to get noticed.
Notwithstanding that they, like everyone else are also competing with every other kind of media and you know that everyone believes that media is in the gutter anyway!
That said, Gupta's work is very polished, monumental, ironic and poised. I found it intelligent, poetic and refreshing. He takes risks with what he does and he has a point of view. Not everyone may get him, but I think that Indian Art is richer because of him.


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