NEWS AND FEATURES

Work by Subodh Gupta at a premier international art show

Installation and pop artist Subodh Gupta is excited about his participation at the upcoming Basel Art Fair in Switzerland, the world's premier modern and contemporary art fair.
Drifting away from traditional art practices, and overcoming restrictions, which may constrain free expression, Subodh Gupta creates works, which go beyond impositions of weight, form space and lighting.
The artist in his sculptures and installations, traverses the distance from his rural origins to the world beyond by using forms and products of everyday India out of their rural utilitarian context. He monumentalizes emblems of global exchange, so he does those of Indian village life which is what defines his art practices.
There are 290 leading galleries from all across the world that have been selected for participation at the Art Basel. There will be paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs and editions as well as video and digital art by these artists. The art show gives a kaleidiscopic view of modern and contemporary art.
The great masters of modern art to the latest generation of artists will be represented at the show that feature over 2,000 artists from different countries. Subodh Gupta is one of them. Obviously, the Delhi-based artist is excited about his participation and his work, which will form part of the art show. Subodh Gupta's work is an assemblage of sculptures in the form of cloth-wrapped bundles and packed suitcases balanced on cast airport pushcarts, the kind of luggage many Indian migrant workers bring home.
The artist is credited to have redefined installation art form from an Indian perspective and idiom that matches contemporary installation and pop art internationally. Interestingly, he often works with simple, basic symbols of rural life such as utensils, milk buckets, etc. or kitschy icons of the migrant and upwardly mobile classes in his work that draws from the traditional and contemporary iconography juxtaposed with the fast and sometimes cruel process of modernisation in India. Drawing mainly from everyday objects and scenarios, his aesthetic delineates the complex inter-relations of India's urban and rural communities.
The Delhi based artist's works carry references to past and present experiences. Swinging from significant information to seemingly irrelevant motifs, his unusual creations weave highly eccentric imaginings with public myths and rituals. His work often brings out the effects of consumerism and the modernization of traditional Indian society.
An artist with an acute social consciousness, he portrays the social and economic aspirations of rural communities and lower class Indians with an affectionate compassion. His works has received appreciation and recognition from world renowned curators such as Rosa Martin of the Venice Biennale.
His work for the current art show features as part of 'Art Unlimited' section which looks at monumental installations. The installation is part of the artist's 'Airport' series. A couple of years ago he has out up an art project revolving around a similar theme. This was at the 8th Havana Biennial where his creation referred to Indian migrants who on their way home after living in the closest of quarters, proudly carry their acquisitions with them in cartons.
Subodh Gupta has created work that comprises conveyor belt with 130 pieces of luggage, which have been typically cast as real works to give an actual idea of the oversized, limitless packages that the migrant carry back with them after slogged for years. In one assemblage piece, cast baggage is placed on the detached roof of a taxi, as if the rest of the cab appears submerged under the weight of its burden.

view all articles