Vishal Jugdeo, The News and the World (2012)
Two pigment prints on archival rag paper. 25″ x 16″ and 25″ x 14″
Signed by the artist and unframed, edition of 5 plus 1 Artist Print
About the Edition:
The News and The World (2012) is an edition of 5 plus 1 Artist Print, which consists of two photographs, one black & white and one color. The black and white image shows a stylized set, most likely used for a live television broadcast such as the news or a talk-show. The set is empty, though a coffee cup and some sheets of paper are left on a desk, and the corners of a studio light and field-monitor on the edges of the image frame indicate that the set was very recently live. The set itself however appears almost too artificial, with a strange and ghostly quality in the photograph. The second image, equally allusive and uncertain, shows a dark street at night with several walking bodies whose activity is unclear. Obscured by a cloud of mysterious smoke, and heavy pixelation, the picture has the quality of a screen-grab from news footage. Where in the world is this? What is the nature of that smoke, and what exactly is going on?
About the Exhibition:
Vishal Jugdeo’s project for the upcoming Made in L.A. exhibition at the Hammer Museum is a complex and multilayered installation featuring a high-definition video projected within a sculptural environment. As with several of his recent works, this piece unfolds as a multi-dimensional composition, fluidly shifting the viewer’s attention between the image on screen and the space of the installation aided by lights, sound, and subtle motorized movements within the sculptural parts. Filmed on location in Mumbai India in collaboration with local actors, the video is structured around a series of highly absurd vignettes, most of which emerge from a stylistic and surrealist script the the artist has written. These tightly composed scenes are contrasted with what Jugdeo calls “formless” footage–raw, documentary style recordings on the streets of Mumbai, and improvisational scenes with the actors that register somewhere between rehearsal or green-room footage.