Forty-five brass stools paired with stainless steel thalis created by contemporary Indian artist Subodh Gupta have filled an entire room at a museum in London. Gupta’s striking work School is on till March 27 at the Hauser & Wirth museum.
“His sculptures and installations often incorporate objects that are commonplace in Indian culture, such as the kitchen utensils seen in School,” the organisers said.
In addition to these utensils, Gupta has included an object with personal significance – the stools in School are cast from his father’s low wooden seat, and the brass version of this traditional item still bears his initials in the corner.
By casting these elements in such culturally-loaded materials as brass and steel, multiplying their numbers, and arranging them in a perfect, grid-like pattern in a gallery, Gupta transforms them from traditional, homely items into something extraordinary and enigmatic, producing an act of displacement that speaks to the cultural, economic and social changes faced by contemporary society, the organisers said.