With satire, irony and humor, ‘Pic (sale)’, adds another layer to the world of the ‘Digital Copy’. Each of artist Saptarishi Das’ works in ‘Pic (sale)’, address the myriad changes occurring in society as it overlaps and is overwhelmed by the virtual worlds of reproduction. Image-overloads, speed, ephemerality, data, overexposure and hyper-visibility are now commonly known to be a part of this current tele- digital context shaping our reality. These elements inform Saptarishi’s works and are clearly highlighted in them. Significantly thus, Saptarishi attempts to ‘materialize’ the elusive ‘pixel ‘as building blocks for his sculptural forms. While each work self consciously references and works within existing trajectories of popular cultures the questions of the changes undergoing the nature of art, the creation of cult in virtual worlds, and the freedoms and fluidity of individual identities is manifested in these works as being a result of images being appropriated and personalized now in an unprecedented manner. The non-corporeal ‘collective- individual’ now becomes the player, and disrupts rigid boundaries and discourses of every kind- national, culture, art, political. Saptarishi also locates his own position as an ‘artist’ within this larger complex of phenomena. He is the new collector and with his own private collections of seemingly unobtrusive treasures, he forms collages which address in interesting ways the tensions between reality and representation.
VENUE: F- 213 C, Lado Sarai,
New Delhi- 110030
DATE: 5th April to 5th May 2012