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    Sale 2025

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 134

    A. Balasubramaniam (b. 1971)

    Limited from Unlimited

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    A. Balasubramaniam (b. 1971)
    Limited from Unlimited
    silk screen, velvet powder and silicon
    13 x 30 7/8 in. (33 x 78.4 cm.)
    Executed in 1999; from an edition of seven


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    Balasubramaniam is fascinated by the emergence of form and he places equal emphasis on its material as well as immaterial incarnations. In his work, emptiness becomes as real and as poignant as the palpable and he finds influences in the work of Anish Kapoor and Yves Klein. Playing with the concepts of what is unique and what is infinite, this work challenges the fine line that exists between them. "While on one hand, Bala's work displays a detached objectivity and a clean, almost cool aesthetic, it is balanced by the very personal use of his own body in many of his works. His use of his body is a record of his presence and involvement in the process of art making. In his earlier work 'Limited from unlimited' (screen printing and multiple, 1999), he uses the body as an extension of the printmaking medium, with the work impression from the hand being the multiple. Bala explains-"instead of the plate, the hand was the substitute." ( S. Kejriwal, A. Balasubramaniam, Exhibition Catalogue, Talwar Gallery, New York, May 2002, http://www.talwargallery.com/html/bala/bala-reviews.html)

    Provenance

    Sakshi Art Gallery, Bangalore


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this work is from an edition of seven, and not five as indicated in the catalogue. The correct medium is silk screen, velvet powder and silicon on paper.


    Exhibited

    Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2000