Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Altered States

"Human kind cannot bear too much reality."
(Four Quartets)

T.S Elliot

Elliot may have referred in this line to the psychological realism in vogue in his era. Today the ideas of what reality constitutes are subject to much more healthy conjecture than in Eliot's time. But the past is not bereft of the iconoclasm of today's Pop culture.

The Guardian has an online exposition of William Hogarth who could arguably called the first comic book artist,and certainly among the best satirists that ever drew a breath. Hogarth's irreverent take on 18th century London offers the clearest picture of the wild squalor of the everyday life of common Lon
doners and in doing so gives a better approximation of that world than all of the combined collection of high art of the period.

Technology allows greater liberties with the satirist's craft as KAL brings Dubya to life here:

In India modern and Pop art is receiving a financially lucrative boost from the nostalgia and the cultivated sophistication of its Wealthy NRI diaspora.

Subodh Gupta is currently a much in demand talented Bihari artist who has made a reputation in applying the pop art aesthetic to the everyday vernacular objects of village and urban life .

The aggregation of objects such as stainless steel kitchen ware and painted cow dung patties among other objects are presented in novel ways. It is a way to affirm these objects with an aesthetic appeal not often conceded . In an interesting way it will raise the question that has dogged Pop and modern art in the past. Imagine older relatives commenting :
" Where is th
e art? ".

It will be an old question in a new setting.


Amrita said...

That's great. Thank you for the snippet on Subodh Gupta. I hadn't heard of him before.

Gagan said...

your welcome..neither had I till I mugged it up from the newspaper article..:)