Selected works by Tushar Joag

Tushar Joag
The Enlightening Army Of The Empire (detail)


Installation comprising 16 figures, perspex, plastic, brass, mild steel, wood, electric bulbs, wire and mixed media

Figure size: approximately 183 x 49 x 61 cm each

Tushar Joag explores art in the public sphere. As an interventionist and inventor of mock corporate identities, he takes a satirical look at the urban classes and suggests that art is responsible for maintaining cultural continuity. This rhetoric leads him to conceive of unicell, a corporate body of one, that mimics many of the absurdities of government bureaucracy in a continent reliant upon social and political solutions. The Enlightening Army of the Empire 2008 is an installation comprising sixteen robot style figures that are animated by electric bulbs and stop lights. This Disney styled army of dishevelled robots appear to stand to attention holding florescent tube lights as possible weapons against human kind. Each individual robot is crafted with a subtly styled, quirky personality. Each of Joag’s steel figures stands loosely to attention, as their individual light configurations illuminate their location and tangled wires join their feet collectively.

Other Resources
Various and images – Tushar Joag
Various and images – Tushar Joag
Transiting between his roles as artist and activist, Tushar Joag imagines projects that integrate aesthetic experience and social vision. For over a decade, Joag’s work has created a discursive platform for urban issues through a visual practice that is both educative and artistic.
Tushar Joag’s Dance Your Way Through identifies a rhythm to the movement of people in the bustle of a Mumbai subway creating a fun and practical solution to moving through the crowd. Marc Herbst challenges the order of urban life by inviting people to meet on street corners to throw boxes in the air, seeking to form a community through simple pleasures.
Studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, and the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda . He did a residency at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam , in 1998-2000. Joag is a founder member of the artists initiative Open Circle Arts Trust, Mumbai. He has participated in several shows, received awards and scholarships. The artist lives and works in Mumbai.
Tushar Joag describes himself as a public intervention artist. He founded PWC (Public Work Cells), an organization that aims "to create works of art that seek to make interventions in the urban space, by designing and producing objects that while being functional and aesthetic bring into focus the various concerns of the immediate situation."