Title: Untitled, 2012
Medium: 228 Painted Plates comprising 3 forms
Courtesy: Collection of Phoenix Market city, Chennai
Location: Third floor
New Delhi based artist Arunkumar HG (b. 1968) crafted these giant flowers out of glossy red plates, and these sculptures grace the entrance of the food court to remind us of the beautiful potential found in recycling. In a polluted world of disposable dishes, Arunkumar HG celebrates the beauty of reuse found in everyday objects such as these metal plates that are commonly used in India. As in many of Arunkumar HG’s works, these sculptures address the disconnect between production, consumption and discard in contemporary society.
Arunkumar HG cleverly sheds light on the often forgotten fact that agrarian labor supports and sustains urban and rural societies alike. When someone enjoys a meal they often forget about the farmers and the land that produced the food they are eating. The artist reflects that “there has been an evolution in materials production and use in our lives. I have developed my art making process by using materials that do the talking or engage the viewers with their own history of being invented, used, reused, abused, or for what they are and so on.”
Arunkumar HG is represented by Nature Morte in New Delhi and this work is part of Phoenix Market City’s Permanent Collection.