EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY
Stainless steel and stainless steel utensils
170 x 145h x 95 cm
Subodh Gupta employs many of the original techniques of French conceptualist Marcel Duchamp by elevating the ready-made into an art object. Gupta chooses signature objects of the Indian sub-continent and relocates them as art objects in monumental installations of stainless steel and tiffin-tins. Spill is an overbearing work of great scale that has at its centre a larger than life stainless steel water vessel, with many smaller steel utensils spilling over the edge like water pouring out.
114 x 305 x 305 cm
U.F.O 2007 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‚Äôs work.
Still Steal Steel #1
Oil and enamel on canvas
198 x 366 cm
Gupta‚Äôs painting Still Steal Steel is a strange juxtaposition of a still life of steel utensils in the fore-ground, with a slightly garish floral design in the background. Gupta employs the effectiveness of a hyper-realist palette that suggests that the objects are more real than reality might allow. Gupta‚Äôs configuration of steel utensils along with the introduction of a floral element appears to reference a hierarchy of decorative forms.
Oil on canvas
168 x 229 cm
With Untitled (Pot) Gupta manages to elevate his ready-mades to positions of grandeur. His still-life paintings appear to celebrate objects in space almost as successfully as his ready-mades do. Row upon row of copper based utensils and tiffin-tins hang from a kitchen ceiling. Gupta‚Äôs paintings transform the objects to appear more valuable than usual.