Subodh Gupta | India b.1964 | Line of Control (1) 2008 | Brass and copper utensils, stainless steel and steel structure | 500 x 500 x 500cm | Collection: The artist | Courtesy The artist and Arario Gallery, Beijing
b.1964 Khagaul, Bihar, India
Lives and works in Gurgaon, Haryana, India
One of India’s most prominent contemporary artists, Subodh Gupta works in a wide range of mediums, including painting, installation, photography, video and performance. He is perhaps best known for his large sculptures constructed from dozens of stainless steel and copper utensils, which translate the conceptual art format of the readymade into a rich exploration of everyday life in India and shifting notions of artistic and economic value. Born in the predominantly rural state of Bihar in central India — renowned as a traditional centre of Buddhist learning — Gupta now lives in the rapidly growing city of Gurgaon, a satellite of New Delhi. His works draw upon the everyday products and materials of Indian village life, such as milk buckets, cow dung and kitchen utensils, and often reference utility, travel and mobility — evident in his bronze cast sculptures of motorbikes, taxis and bundles of luggage. Gupta will present several major sculptures in APT6, including Line of control 2008, an enormous mushroom cloud formed from brass utensils, shifting an image of destruction into one of explosive abundance. Through his seductive use of materials and interest in spectacle and excess, Gupta’s work reveals the contradictions and tensions that exist in India today as it fluctuates between tradition and modernity, rural and urban life, and poverty and wealth.
Exhibitions (solo): Hauser & Wirth, London, United Kingdom, 2009; Arario Gallery, Beijing, China, 2008; Baltic, Gateshead, United Kingdom, 2008. Exhibitions (group): ‘Altermodern’, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom, 2009; ‘Indian Highway’, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2008; 51st Biennale of Venice, Italy, 2005.
APT6 | Subodh Gupta | Line of Control (1) 2008