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Sudarshan Shetty, Untitled (from the show “the pieces earth took away”), 2012, hand-carved teak, acrylic, water pump, 12' x 11' 6 1/2“ x 11' 6 1/2”.

Sudarshan Shetty

Galerie Krinzinger

Sudarshan Shetty, Untitled (from the show “the pieces earth took away”), 2012, hand-carved teak, acrylic, water pump, 12' x 11' 6 1/2“ x 11' 6 1/2”.

A man juggles three ceramic jars in slow motion—the action is insignificant, a piece of entertainment. With this video—all works Untitled (from the show “the pieces earth took away”), 2012—Sudarshan Shetty invited us into his exhibition, which was indeed titled “the pieces earth took away.” Only with time did this reveal itself to be the concentrated image of a big theme: death. While the five works in this exhibition were not conceived specifically for Vienna, they together formed an effective rejoinder to the city’s famous “Wienerlieder,” its folk songs in local dialect, which so often deal with death, with the desire to allay the terror of the ultimate end. Shetty’s recurrent image of the jar is at once that of the common household vessel for water or rice, and of the central element in Hindu funeral rites: The corpse is circled three times, and then a jar carried

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