Thursday, January 23, 2014

Elevating the ordinary

A solo exhibition of the works of artist Subodh Gupta was inaugurated at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Delhi, last week. The exhibition called "Everything is inside" has been curated by renowned art historian Germano Celant.

Subodh Gupta is best known for using everyday objects of use, and skilfully combining them to give us a fresh perspective. This installation with commonplace baggage loaded on to the ubiquitous yellow-top taxi is the one that has given the exhibition its name.

Some of use are familiar with the artist's usage of pots and pans, buckets, utensils and kitchen utensils all made of steel, which we use in the kitchen and barely look at regarding them as commonplace objects, but find displayed in entirely new ways in Subodh Gupta's works.

There are several new objects used and different compositions in this exhibition.
Like this one using the traditional Kerala fishing boat, which brings alive an entire ecosystem of a different way of living.

Subodh Gupta's installation titled

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