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Sumedh Rajendran (Indian, b.1972)
LOT ID: 75962
Untitled (Rubber Glove), 2010

Color Coupler Print, on archival paper
60 х 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm.)
Signed, and numbered by the artist.
Edition 2/4
Lot description
This stunning large-scale color photograph belongs to the rare and exciting, newly released series of surreal, figurative photographs by famed 'emerging' multi-media Indian artist, Sumedh Rajendran (India, b. 1972) who is already globally acclaimed for his sculptures and mixed-media installations. This photograph is edition 2 of 4 and measures 60 x 60 inches, is unframed and in perfect condition.
This is a very important opportunity to acquire a photographic work by Rajendran that have been internationally acclaimed as a major new body of work by the artist. Here, the male protagonist of this series is depicts in a gritty urban environment standing slumped over with his wrinkled white collared shirt pulled up over his head, rendering him anonymous as well as revealing his with his stomach that protruding over the waistline of his pants. The scene morphs from surreal to subversive as an over life-size black rubber-gloved hand reaches out from inside the small store to touch this man. These 'pastiche' type of photographic images create vast cinemascopic narratives that are the vehicle for Rajendran to explore ideas that help him deepen his commitment to an understanding of the irrational nature of hypocrisy. Rajendran often places the notion of consumption against, and as part of, an array of architectural references of the Indian city or empty skylines, coupled with individuals as they stand, lurch, jump, fall, droop, that suggest a continuous instability in the postmodern world that we are building-wherein individuals cannot stand upright or face the pressure of progress the petty bourgeoisie suggestively dictates.

The artist was born in 1972 and completed his BFA from College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum in 1994 and MFA from Delhi College Of Art in 1999. The artist is represented by the elite Vadehra Art Gallery, London and India. Select recent solo and group shows include:
2010: Group Show: "Sumedh Rajendran + Prasad Raghavan" 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai.
Solo Show: "Sumedh Rajendran:Dual Liquid" 25 September - 21 October, 2010 Vadhera Art Galllery, India.
2009: Group Show "A New Vanguard: Trends in Contemporary Indian Art" Saffronart, New York & The Guild, New York.
2009: Group Show "Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art ": Grosvenor Gallery, London
2009: ARCOMadrid, Madrid, Spain;
2008: Group Show: "Urban Spiel: A Study of Sculpture & Material"Bodhi Berlin, Germany
2008: Group Show: "The Sun Rises in the East: Contemporary Art from India" Kala Gallery & Galeria Christian Hosp, Austria
2007: Group Show: " On The Edge of Vision: New Idioms in Indian & Italian Contemporary Art" organised by the Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi in collaboration with the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi at Victorial Memorial Hall, Kolkota & National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai & New Delhi
2007: "Sumedh Rajendran: Chemical Smuggle" Okhla Gallery & Grosvenor Vadehra, London .
Untitled (Rubber Glove) by Sumedh Rajendran
  • Untitled (Rubber Glove) by Sumedh Rajendran
  • Untitled (Rubber Glove) by Sumedh Rajendran
  • Untitled (Rubber Glove) by Sumedh Rajendran
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