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Sudarshan Shetty's "Eight corners of the world"

Sudarshan Shetty, an avant-garde conceptual artist, well-known for his large-scale sculpture and installation work, is also a painter of considerable repute who combines these forms in his remarkable object-assemblages. His new series 'Eight Corners of the World' stretches the explorations of object-ness that the artist began during the most recent phase of his dynamic career with his path-breaking show, 'Consanguinity' in 2003.

Last year, he had major solo shows including 'Shift', a collaborative architectural installation with Shantanu Poredi and Manisha Agarwal (Philips Contemporary ,Mumbai); 'Bombay Boys', Palette Art Gallery New Delhi; 'Configurations', Anant Art Gallery New Delhi, and 'Endless Terrain' curated by Yashodhara Dalmia Rabindra Bhavan. The artist begins the year 2006 with another show titled 'Eight Corners of the World' in which he takes objects apart without dismantling them, decoding them by revealing their mechanical being. The show's objects are loosely set in a domestic scene filled with surprise. The artist has continued to experiment with found objects, and a variety of mediums with an idea to create an emotionally charged experience through the juxtaposition of different objects. He puts together objects that do not hold the same meanings that they may otherwise hold, but their coming together of meaning creates an abstract space. So is the case with his new show, 'Eight Corners of the World'.

Sudarshan Shetty's 'Eight Corners of the World' multiplies this recent oeuvre while remaining connected to his enduring fascination with the dark underbelly of the object-human relation, where the dual conceits of the free will of persons and the inertness of things are visually exploded. As the artist has once said, elaborating on his artistic processes: 'I find myself delving into and drawing from the unspoken, or in many cases the socially understated that ticks beneath the surface of all human interactions. I want to lure the viewer into this with deception-that of the products that we negotiate with on a daily basis.'

Sudarshan Shetty's object-assemblages force juxtapositions of furniture and fluidity exposing those conditions of circulation that make animate bodies tick, make time flow and make movement possible.

Here, the artist continues the conceptual project he began in 'Consanguinity' and followed up in later shows like 'Statics', 'Shift' and 'Party is Elsewhere', which included small sculptural objects, architectural sculptures and large-scale installations. Elaborating on his thought process as an artist, he has been quoted as saying: 'I am interested in the idea of absence, a human absence, of being elsewhere. I think most of us are condemned to be elsewhere.

'I embrace this predicament and rejoice in it. I find myself delving into and drawing from the unspoken, or in many cases the socially understated that ticks beneath the surface of all human interactions.' Sudarshan Shetty is keen on luring the viewer into this with deception-that of the products that we negotiate with on a daily basis.

The artist tries to define this space with familiar objects, to create a dialogue between them that may reveal some truths to me about my own life. The juxtaposition of seemingly incongruous objects, which is spontaneous and instinctive, results in a coming together of a new meaning. His imagery stems from a written script, which lets him to sidestep his role as image maker.

The idea, on part of the artist, is to challenge modes of viewership. As the artist puts it: 'It's not important to understand a work of art. What is more important is a sense of relationship with it, as uncomfortable as it may be.' Sudarshan Shetty's 'Eight corners of the world' continues at GALLERYSKE, The Presidency, St. Marks Road, Bangalore till February

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