The artwork is presented by Galerie Krinzinger, GallerySKE, Galerie Daniel Templon and Tilton Gallery at Art Unlimited, Art Basel’s installation exhibition platform.
“Sudarshan Shetty, best known for his enigmatic and moving sculptural installations, has long been recognized as one of the most innovative conceptual artists in India. Trained in painting, Shetty found himself increasingly attracted to the idioms of sculpture and installation, developing a sculptural language that entices the viewer by its grandiose scale and hypnotising movement, while revealing the mechanics of its working in plain sight, foregrounding the artifice that is involved in mounting a show. Shetty’s work engages with ‘memory at large’ and explores the social life of objects and their capacities to offer new kinds of subjective experience by creating hybrid devices that engage with the idea of a philosophical ‘loss of body’ as a social and biological condition. His work often alludes to absence: not as a mere negation of presence but rather the idea of ‘being elsewhere’ – empty jackets, vessels, and circulating liquids all come to denote the absent body while exhausting the viewer by the seeming futility of their repeated actions.”