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Gagan Singh, Untitled, 2010, ink on paper, 21 1/2 × 29 1/2".

Gagan Singh

Chatterjee & Lal

Gagan Singh, Untitled, 2010, ink on paper, 21 1/2 × 29 1/2".

If you hadn’t guessed from his name, Gagan Singh is Sikh. And as you may know from Bollywood, the Sikh alpha male is a widely parodied stereotype in India, not least among Sikhs themselves. More than a few of the works (all Untitled) in Singh’s debut solo show, “Line Bombs,” exploit this familiar joke. Most numerous were a series of diminutive pen drawings from 2014, somewhere between David Shrigley and Dilbert, that depict a bigheaded, turbaned Singh boasting about things that are hardly worth mentioning—his love of butter chicken, his dumpy Maruti car, the greatness of his upstanding boyhood. Singh’s napkin-doodle draftsmanship makes his alter ego seem all the more pathetic. A short animated video from 2014 shows the same character cleaning, standing, and strolling. I felt as if I were watching an old screen saver from the early days of the PC, or one of those irritating

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