- Hauser & Wirth Gallery
Art often seeks to impress by sheer size and volume, but it’s a while since I walked into a gallery and felt overwhelmed by the sheer scale of work. I love art that makes me feel like I’m going to fall over, that makes me unstable on my feet. Subodh Gupta’s large boat does just that, partly suspended at an oppressive angle in the studio space. We can walk beneath it, trusting the cables.
Within the boat is furniture, cooking pots, the general junk of life, making it into a sort of bric-a-brac ark. The exhibition material talks of the metaphorical meanings of belonging and displacement, and movement and stability, and while these aspects are clearly so, there are other layers of meanings and concerns of sculpture and form which make this piece have considerable presence.