Stone Column Mirroring Postcards

This work is from the Collaboration/Combines series. With postcards sent by Arpita Singh, Nalini Malani, Nilima Sheikh, Bhupen Khakhar, Kumar Shahani, Gulam Sheikh, Rasna Bhushan, and Romi Khosla.

Excerpt from essay by Sacha Craddock, published in Vivan Sundaram: Map, Monument, Fallen Mortal, South London Gallery, London, 1994:

'Stone Column Mirroring Postcards, 1992, displays reproductions ranging from late Leger, early Renaissance Madonnas and Indian miniatures as well as handwritten messages and drawings by friends within a 'traditionally' carved stone column. This collection of personal ephemera does a lot more than just 'show off' the artist's extensive range of experience. He is specifically using the equivalent of the pin board in the studio, office or kitchen to hint at the cultural diversity in which he exists. A choice made by others has been selected again. Reproductions settled with original drawings in a second-hand and third-hand manifestation. As it is impossible to see both the front and the back of these cards, they remain partially obscured rather like the price of an antique in a shop window.'

Exhibition history: 'Collaboration/Combines,' Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould & Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay; Feb-Apr 1992, Illustrated catalogue. Also shown in 'Critical Difference: Contemporary Art from India,' Curator: David Thorp, An Aberstwyth Art Centre touring exhibition in collaboration with The Showroom, London; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Aberstwyth Arts Centre; Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno; Camden Arts Centre, London; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Huddersfield City Art Gallery; 1993, Illustrated catalogue.

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sculpturemixed media

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Sandstone, acrylic sheet, picture postcards, mirror, watercolour, ink


213.36cm x 45.72cm x 45.72cm

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artwork documentation

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