Sudarshan Shetty: The More I Die the Lighter I Get

When 4 Mar 2010 - 10 Apr 2010
Where Jack Tilton Gallery
8 E76th St
NY, NY 10021
United States
Enquiry 212-737-2221

No Titled, 2009.  Steel table, wood, electric bulb.  Courtesy of the artist and Jack Tilton Gallery NY

March 4 – April 10 2010

Press Release:

Sudarshan Shetty, best known for his enigmatic and moving sculptural installations, is recognized as one of his generation’s most innovative conceptual artists in India.  Shetty engages in the convergence of Indian and Western metaphysical traditions that manifest through material and metaphor.  In The more I die, the lighter I get, Shetty constructs diverse scenarios to explore the philosophical questions of  life, death, absence and emptiness.  His suite of installations highlights the intertwined fates of the human, inhuman and non-human forces in a world that constantly negates the presence of death.  Approaching this negation obliquely, the artist plays with permutations and intimations of life and lifelessness, stillness and emptiness.  Shetty works with craftsmen skilled in a traditional form of decorative wood carving to recreate a sense of movement and fluidity as a sign of life, only to be transformed to deliver the overwhelming sensation of emptiness and absence to the spectator.  These hybrid objects touch upon the inescapable fact of death and the limits of what it is to be alive by questioning the very locus of life.  Shetty’s interest in aesthetics plays with artistic traditions of “still life” in a powerful way.

About the Artist:

Sudarshan Shetty is recognized as one of his generation’s most innovative conceptual artists in India.  His work has been included in Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Indian Highway, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones and Gunnar B Kvaran at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo.  Other recent showings of his work include exhibitions at the Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, the Gem Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, and the Tate Modern, London. The artist has been a resident at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the New School for General Studies, New York.

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