Tilton Gallery Presents
The More I Die the Lighter I Get
March 4 – April 10, 2010
Reception for the artist March 4, 2010
6:00 – 9:00 pm at The Tilton Gallery
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. Of primary concern to the artist is the convergence of Indian and Western metaphysical traditions that manifests itself in a corresponding dialogue between 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.
The more I die, the lighter I get will be Sudarshan Shetty's second solo exhibition at the Tilton Gallery. His work is currently included in Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, curated by Nancy Spector at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. It is also presented in Indian Highway, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones and Gunnar B Kvaran at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark, which opened last year at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo. This February, Shetty's House of Shades, commissioned by Louis Vuitton, was unveiled at Galleria de Milano. In 2009 Shetty had a solo exhibition at Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, and his work was part of India Contemporary, a three man show, at the Gem Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague. His work has previously been exhibited at the 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.
Please see our article in Artforum.com
April 16 – May 2010
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