The Universe in a Pot: A Conversation with Subodh Gupta
by Rajesh Punj
Subodh Gupta, who has been compared to Damien
Hirst, has adopted something of the attitude of that art
world enfant terrible, employing the same charismatic
swagger and courting the same kind of international
attention with provocative works of a grandiose scale.
But there is a crucial difference. Compared to the savvy
Hirst, who delivers art as commodity, Gupta appears
positively naïve in his approach. Though he once used
untouched kitchen utensils in his works, he now gathers
aged and abandoned objects to produce grittier sculptures.
Seeing everything anew, he turns these vast arse -
nals of objects into utilitarian monuments to mankind.
For Gupta, the transformation of the readymade into
art is entirely about giving credence to everyday
objects that serve people of all classes and denominations.
As much about his own interests as they are
about the universality of basic objects, his works focus
on the matter that sustains our well-being and out -
lives us when we die. ...see the entire article in the print version of December's Sculpture magazine.