GALLERYSKE presents Subodh Gupta’s first solo show in Bangalore. Works featured will include a series of paintings that form a visual diary. Drawing from his travels, Gupta records his journeys through food creating a visual archive titled “Note to self”. The series is reflective, giving us a rare glimpse into the interiority of the artist who wishes to slow the world down and to achieve stillness in the midst of a chaotic life.
Almost in direct contrast is the large installation in the show, constructed with stainless steel buckets and tube lights. The work, reminiscent of a chandelier is celebratory of the coming together of life, love and food capturing the larger than life shared spirit of a meal. Gupta changes the role, context, material, size and scale of the ubiquitous to effect the evoking of the iconic.
The show also includes small sculptures placed on marble plinths; these pieces take the forms of couplets or dohas that are inserted within larger narratives. They are a space within a space, specially bracketed areas inside the greater corpus of Gupta’s work.
Gupta’s recent solo exhibitions include: ‘What does the vessel contain, that the river does not’, Hauser & Wirth, London (2013), ‘Spirit Eaters’ Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun (2013), ‘The imaginary order of things’ Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Malaga (2013), ‘Line of Control’ Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi (2012), a solo exhibition at Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere (2011) and ‘A glass of water’, Hauser and Wirth, New York (2011). Gupta’s work has also featured in major group exhibitions at Museé Ariana, Geneva (2012), Arken Museum of Modern Art, Arken (2012), Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (2012) and François Pinault Foundation, Venice (2012). A major survey exhibition of Gupta’s works will open at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India in January 2014.