Inspiring and Building Better Communities: Transforming Everyday Spaces into a New Public Art Gateway
Subodh Gupta was born in 1964 in Khagaul, Bihar, India. He studied at the College of Art, Patna before moving to New Delhi where he currently lives and works. Trained as a painter, he has gone on to work with a variety of media including painting, performance, video, photography, sculpture, and installation. The artist oscillates between diverse media, collating disjointed nuggets of impressions and experiences, into a wholesome image, cast in metal, etched on a canvas, or as a recorded image. The inherently transient nature of memory builds in magnificently with the artistic urge to preserve for posterity the vestiges of what is seen, heard, felt, thought or believed.
Gupta is best known for working with everyday objects that are ubiquitous throughout India, such as mass-produced stainless steel utensils, bicycles, and milk pails.
From these ordinary items the artist produces works that reflect on universal issues including migration, globalization, and the cosmos. Subodh Gupta’s work exemplifies the iconography of a banal, precarious, edgy and bustling everyday life, often humungous in magnitude, blown out of proportions, peeled out of their ordinary skins by their sheer mass and volume.
His recent exhibitions include the ones at Sackler Gallery, Washington DC (2017), Savannah College of Art & Design, USA (2016), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2016), Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2015), The Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2014) and Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea and Shanghai, China (2014).
Subodh Gupta’s retrospective exhibition at Monnaie de Paris opens in spring 2018.