Sudarshan Shetty is exhibiting his intriguing body of recent work at Paris based Galerie Daniel Templon until July 23, 2011. This is the second time that the renowned contemporary artist from India has created an installation at the gallery, following on from majestic and monumental ‘Taj Mahal’, done in 2009.
One of the most innovative creators of the present generation of Indian artists, who are fast making a name and carving a niche for themselves on the international art scene, Sudarshan Shetty has established his reputation in a short span of time.
Along with names such as Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat and Bharti Kher, he has enhanced his credentials with his unconventional practice. The conceptual artist is particularly renowned for his enigmatic and awe-inspiring sculptural installations. They are often animated.
His hybrid constructions often question the merging of both Indian and Western traditions. His artwork also invariably addresses domestic preoccupations as well as the concept of movement.
Sudarshan Shetty is showing as part of his show at Galerie Daniel Templon a disturbingly distorted wooden automobile, finely sculpted in the mode of rich Indian handicraft tradition. The car, slowly rotating appears as an archaeological find. It raises many pointed queries about the accident, and the civilization, which forged it.
The animated object made from living material tends to generate a curious sensation of absence and loss. The artist employs uses a decorative façade for examining the basic truths of the human condition in order to offer a reinterpretation of the traditional still life.
His work also forms part of two significant exhibitions this spring: ‘Paris, Delhi, Bombay’ at the Musée national d’art modern – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (until September 19), and ‘Indian Highway IV’ at the Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon (until July 31). One of Sudarshan Shetty’s monumental installation works also featured during Art Unlimited at the recent Basel fair.