Subodh Gupta is famous for transforming everyday household items into artworks. Working across painting, sculpture and installation, Gupta uses objects such as tiffin boxes, cooking utensils and milk pails to reflect on personal and universal concerns, ranging from the economic transformation of his homeland to migration, globalisation and even the cosmos. The artist’s work – beautiful, sensuous and frequently spectacular – encourages viewers to question the material, cultural and spiritual values attributed to objects, including pondering the inner life of used and discarded cooking vessels.
The exhibition title is taken from the English translation of Chanda Mama door ke, the title given to a huge suspended mass of cooking pots, patinated by age and use, which form the exhibition’s dramatic centrepiece. The work references a popular Hindi children’s nursery rhyme in which a child is having a conversation with the Moon as though it were her uncle. Both poem and artwork relate the familiar to the other-worldly and find magic in the everyday.
Subodh Gupta was born in Khagaul, Bihar, in India in 1964 and now lives and works in New Delhi. The artist’s career spans over three decades. He has exhibited internationally at galleries including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. His work is held in collections including Tate, London; Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Likened to artists including Damien Hirst and Duchamp, Gupta turns everyday Indian icons into artworks, thereby dissolving their original meaning and function. He is part of a generation of Indian artists whose work demonstrates a country on the move
On Friday 13 January, the artist will be in conversation with the Mead Gallery curators to talk about his new exhibition and how it relates to his wider practice. Tickets cost £6 (£4.50) and can be booked by calling Warwick Arts Centre Box Office on 024 7652 4524.
Subodh Gupta – From Far Away Uncle Moon Calls – is at the Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, from Saturday 14 January through to Saturday 11th March. For more information, please visit http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/mead-gallery/
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