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    Sale 2605

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 546


    Price Realised  


    (BORN IN 1974)
    Washing Every-Day
    signed, titled & dated 'Justin Ponmany; Washing every-day; 2006 in English (upper & on reverse)
    acrylic & hologram on canvas diptych
    162.5 x 162.5 cm. (64 x 64 in.) x 2 pieces
    overall dimensions: 162.5 x 325 cm.
    (64 x 128 in.)
    Painted in 2007

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    Ponmany finds subject matter in the detritus, gutters and alleyways of life in Mumbai. Concerned with the brute Darwinian 'survival of the fittest' quality of life in a megalopolis, Ponmany composes his paintings based on photographs of people and places that he either extracts from the media or crafts himself. His tools are often industrial; the artist infects his surfaces with plastic, resin, printer's ink, salt and holograms to create his stylistic effects. Ponmany states, "My work is spurred on by the sudden moment of truth, when everything else around collapses, only the threadbare nakedness of the weaving remains" (Private/Corporate IV: Works from the Lekha and Anupam Poddar, New Delhi and DaimlerChrysler Collections: A Dialogue, Berlin, January - June 2007). Thus, his slick holographic media which reflects light, dancing as one moves across the image, has been worn away in parts revealing holes and decay in the shiny new facade.