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Sudarshan Shetty

Pure

2007

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Exhibition

India: New Installations, Part 1, April 15 – November 25, 2007
About The Artist

Sudarshan Shetty received his BFA in painting from Sir J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai. Shetty is one of India’s most innovative conceptual artists. Formally trained in painting, Shetty is perhaps best known for his large-scale mechanical installations, assemblages, and multimedia works that investigate his preoccupation with universal dualities – life and death; desire and entropy; subtlety and spectacle; presence and absence; the macabre and the fantastic. Often working with incongruous materials, Shetty’s work is also frequently imbued with a sense of wit and whimsy. In drawing together seemingly disparate ideas and materials, Shetty plays with expectation and perception, entreating viewers to think beyond the present moment toward a more universal condition of existence.

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