In her first solo exhibition with Sullivan+Strumpf, Kanchana Gupta offers a visceral and studied response to the urban environments she has inhabited for the past 25 years. Through the use of various quotidian materials exposed to extraordinary processes and compression, Gupta foreshadows the inadequacies of her dense urban surroundings. The show juxtaposes this overarching meta-narrative against Gupta’s own spatial and environmental experiences; underscoring the consequences of migration, urbanisation and globalisation.
The deliberately ambiguous title ‘458.32 Square Meters’ acknowledges the opulent desirable residences (or desres) that urban dwellers long for. In order to attain this, they allow themselves to be manipulated and moulded; much like the layers of material utilised for the present show. Layered, affixed, ripped, torn, peeled, burnt, and compressed, these materials are exposed to extreme duress in both studio and industrial setting. The result is a series of works where shapes, forms and identities are transformed through Gupta’s reflective interventions.
Opening Reception: Saturday, 12 October, 5-7pm
Artist in conversation with Savita Apte: Saturday, 19 October, 3-4pm
Venue: Sullivan+Strumpf, 5 Lock Rd, #01-06 Gillman Barracks, Singapore
When: 12 Oct - 10 Nov 2019,