Elevating ready-made objects into masterpieces, artist Subodh Gupta presents homegrown elements of his culture through engaging aesthetics. His art features diverse mediums, comprising sculpture, video, painting and photography. Gupta is globally applauded for his powerful communication, having successfully exhibited to a wide-ranging international audience. Now, his landmark monograph — Everything is Inside — brings together more than 200 high-quality images of his work for the very first time.
Designed and edited in close collaboration with the artist, the extensive monograph delves into Gupta’s work process and explores the cultural, intellectual and biographical contexts of his work. It highlights the evolution of his style and features essays by Sunil Khilnani, Aveen Sen, Germano Celant and more, making it the most comprehensive book on the artist thus far.
Subodh Gupta speaks about the monograph, his processes of creation and his upcoming work in a short Q & A with Verve:
Is this book a milestone for you? To what extent were you involved in its creation?
Yes, this is an extremely important book for me, and I think, for an artist, every book featuring his artwork is bound to be a significant one. I was exceptionally involved in the making of the book, right from beginning to end, and, in fact, I went through each and every detail of every page.
Tell us about the show that you had, with the same name as the book. Did it serve as an inspiration?
It was an important show for me, a very comprehensive one. Everything is Inside is an imperative work of mine, which was a part of the show. We had more than 40 pieces at the show, and I thought Everything is Inside would be an apt title for the exhibition as well as for the book.
What has most influenced your growth as an artist?
Tell us a little about your process of creation and the motivation behind the materials that you use.
I work with many mediums and I get my inspiration from day to day life. It’s like the churning of the sea — each day you see new things.
What do you hope your audience takes away from your art?
My art makes its own statement and there is a reason behind each one of my works. The great thing about art is that you don’t have to interpret it in any language. A 12-year-old as well as 75-year-old, while looking at the same piece of artwork, will think and react very differently. It is entirely up to the viewer what they want to take away from the artwork… this is the strangeness and beauty of visual art.
What are you now working on?
I have three important solo shows coming up: one with Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, and two with Arario Gallery in Seoul and Shanghai.