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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 33

    RIYAS KOMU (b. 1972)

    My Next Door, But I Can't See

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    RIYAS KOMU (b. 1972)
    My Next Door, But I Can't See
    signed, dated and inscribed 'Riyas Komu 2002 3 x 2' oil, enamel, marble grain on canvas' (on the reverse)
    oil, enamel, marble grain on canvas
    23¾ x 35 5/8 in. (60.2 x 90.5 cm.)
    Executed in 2002

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    "Komu can deploy portraiture, also, to register a cryptic aside or oblique remark on contemporary culture, through the recording of a punk hairstyle, an unsettling hint of electronic distortion; occasionally, out of the corner of the eye we see a shadow on a window-pane. Komu does not permit us direct and easy access to his subjects: in his handling, the portrait becomes a fateful reminder: we see the Other as framed by the televisual eye, for Komu's figures are often marked as though with masking tape or black identity-protection bands, or partially concealed by lattices. Signs of immunity from recognition, these semiotic interpolations double as threats of de-personalisation: the rawness of the human predicament is sometimes camouflaged by these refinements, which convey both security and the constraint in relation to Komu's figures."

    (Ranjit Hoskote, Unconditional, "The Menace of Framing, the Persistence of Hope: Recent Paintings and Sculptures by Riyas Komu", exh. cat., Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2002)


    Unconditional, exh. cat., Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2002, illustrated (unpaginated)


    Mumbai, Sakshi Gallery, Unconditional, 2002.