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SHEILA MAKHIJANI

nothing to really know

January 30 - August 17, 2013

Snip Snap Snap, 2013  Oil on canvas  48” x 84"

Snip Snap Snap, 2013  Oil on canvas  48” x 84"

Spanning two decades of the artist’s practice, this comprehensive exhibition reveals an expansive body of work–exploring varied intricacies of line, form, and texture through works on paper, sculpture, and painting from 1992 to 2013. From the sprawling twenty-five-foot As far as I can stretch (2000) in which fabric is cut, sewn and painted on, to small forms barely an inch across, floating on paper in cha cha cha (1999), the works on view impart a rare broad view of Makhijani’s imaginative and playful, yet deliberate experimentation with space, color, and motion. In Makhijani’s works, the line is not used to represent an image; the line is the image. In her paintings, variations in brush strokes–moving in opposing directions, in different forms and contours–and the finely scratched out areas alongside more thickly layered paint, emphasize that the notion of ‘line’ retains its independence, regardless of its specific location or form.

Untitled, 1993  Sumi ink on paper  12" x 16"

Untitled, 1993  Sumi ink on paper  12" x 16"

In the early works from 1992, which Makhjani created while in Japan, the raw dynamism is palpable as the bold strokes of the brush seem to have just swept across the paper, leaving behind a commanding reminder of its performance. Also highlighted in the exhibition is the artist’s unconventional use of traditional media. For a few years now Makhijani has been morphing her paintings on paper into sculptures. Sheila Makhijani was born in 1962 in New Delhi, India, and received her Bachelor's and Master's of Fine Art from the College of Art, New Delhi. In 1993, she studied in Japan at Kanazawa Bijutsu Kogei Daigaku, Kanazawa, Japan. Makhijani’s works have been on view in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia; Kuntsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands; Gemeente Museum, Netherlands, and at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India. Currently, her works are on view at the Seventh Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.

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Yipee! 1992, Oil on paper

Yipee! 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38"

WHOP, 1992, Oil on paper

WHOP, 1992

Oil on paper

38 1/4" x 74 1/2"

WHAP, 1992, Oil on paper

WHAP, 1992

Oil on paper

39 1/2" x 74 1/2"

Oops, 1992, Oil on paper

Oops, 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38 1/4"

What a smile, 1993, Sumi ink on paper

What a smile, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Surrounded, 1993, Sumi ink on paper

Surrounded, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Untitled, 1993, Ink, paper and pastel on paper

Untitled, 1993

Ink, paper and pastel on paper

6 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Yep! 1993, Ink on paper

Yep! 1993

Ink on paper

5" x 8"

Not that way, 1996, Sumi ink & dry pastel on paper
Swell, 1996, Sumi ink on paper
Come On, 1996, Ink on paper
On the dotted line! 1996, Sumi ink on paper
Shhhhhh, 1996, Sumi ink and dry pastel on paper
Now that is the smallest piece, believe me, 1996, Ink on paper
Never expected that now did you, 1996, Sumi ink on paper
Not that way, 1996, Sumi ink on paper
A Piece of Mauve, 1996, Sumi ink and dry pastel on paper
Not that way, 1996, Sumi ink & dry pastel on paper

Not that way, 1996

Sumi ink & dry pastel on paper

82” x 8” (in 8 parts)

In front of me, 1996, Sumi ink and paper on paper
Staying Alive, 1996, Ink and paper on paper
Two Sides of the Same Coin, 1996, Ink on paper
In front of Me, 1996, Sumi ink on paper
Yes I am moving so what, 1996, Sumi ink on paper
In front of me, 1996, Sumi ink and paper on paper

In front of me, 1996

Sumi ink and paper on paper

26 1/2" x 23"

Untitled, 1993, Sumi ink on paper

Untitled, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

12" x 16"

One, two, three, four & I am not part of the foursome, 1996, Sumi ink on paper, cotton and cloth
One, Two, Three, Four, I am No. 4, 1996 (detail), Sumi ink on paper
One, Two, Three, Four, I am not part of the Foursome, 1996 (detail), Cotton and cloth
One, two, three, four & I am not part of the foursome, 1996, Sumi ink on paper, cotton and cloth

One, two, three, four & I am not part of the foursome, 1996

Sumi ink on paper, cotton and cloth

47" x 13"

Whirly whirly whirly, 2003, Oil on canvas

Whirly whirly whirly, 2003

Oil on canvas

72″ x 84″

Watch Out! 2007-2013, Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads
Watch Out! (detail)
Watch Out! (detail)
Watch Out! 2007-2013, Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads

Watch Out! 2007-2013

Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads

94” x 103” (variable) 

Nothing to Really Know, 2010, Pencil on paper
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know, 2010, Pencil on paper

Nothing to Really Know, 2010

Pencil on paper

19 1/2" x 74 1/4" Each (Work in 5 parts)

Just Like That, 2012, Oil on canvas

Just Like That, 2012

Oil on canvas

84" x 48"

Tak Tak Tak, 2007, Oil on canvas

Tak Tak Tak, 2007

Oil on canvas

80" x 48"

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012, Oil on canvas
SNIP SNAP SNAP (detail)
SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012, Oil on canvas

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

Nothing Really, 2009, Gouache on paper

Nothing Really, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

Cha Cha Cha, 1999, Acrylic on handmade paper
Cha Cha Cha, 1999, Acrylic on handmade paper
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha, 1999, Acrylic on handmade paper

Cha Cha Cha, 1999

Acrylic on handmade paper

44 1/2" x 27 1/2" (in 12 parts)

As far as I can stretch, 2000, Acrylic on tarpaulin & wooden thread
As far as I can stretch (detail)
As far as I can stretch, 2000, Acrylic on tarpaulin & wooden thread

As far as I can stretch, 2000

Acrylic on tarpaulin & wooden thread

300" x 72"

2011, Gouache on paper
Almost at the, 2011, Gouache on paper
Down, 2011, Gouache on paper
One, Two, Three, Four, 2011, Gouache on paper
Looks like this, 2011, Gouache on paper
Touche, 2011, Gouache on paper
Right There, 2011, Gouache on paper
This is it I think, 2011, Gouache on paper
Look Out, 2011, Gouache on paper
Oh Oh, 2009, Gouache on paper
This one has no choice, 2011, Gouache on paper
Think about it, 2011, Gouache on paper
2011, Gouache on paper

2011

Gouache on paper

16 1/2" x 11 1/2" (Each)

 

OK OK Stop, 2009, Gouache on paper

OK OK Stop, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12 1/5"

Folded Refolded and Still Folded, 2012, Gouache on paper

Folded Refolded and Still Folded, 2012

Gouache on paper

15" x 4"

Yipee! 1992, Oil on paper

Yipee! 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38"

WHOP, 1992, Oil on paper

WHOP, 1992

Oil on paper

38 1/4" x 74 1/2"

WHAP, 1992, Oil on paper

WHAP, 1992

Oil on paper

39 1/2" x 74 1/2"

Oops, 1992, Oil on paper

Oops, 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38 1/4"

What a smile, 1993, Sumi ink on paper

What a smile, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Surrounded, 1993, Sumi ink on paper

Surrounded, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Untitled, 1993, Ink, paper and pastel on paper

Untitled, 1993

Ink, paper and pastel on paper

6 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Yep! 1993, Ink on paper

Yep! 1993

Ink on paper

5" x 8"

Not that way, 1996, Sumi ink & dry pastel on paper

Not that way, 1996

Sumi ink & dry pastel on paper

82” x 8” (in 8 parts)

In front of me, 1996, Sumi ink and paper on paper

In front of me, 1996

Sumi ink and paper on paper

26 1/2" x 23"

Untitled, 1993, Sumi ink on paper

Untitled, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

12" x 16"

One, two, three, four & I am not part of the foursome, 1996, Sumi ink on paper, cotton and cloth

One, two, three, four & I am not part of the foursome, 1996

Sumi ink on paper, cotton and cloth

47" x 13"

Whirly whirly whirly, 2003, Oil on canvas

Whirly whirly whirly, 2003

Oil on canvas

72″ x 84″

Watch Out! 2007-2013, Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads

Watch Out! 2007-2013

Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads

94” x 103” (variable) 

Nothing to Really Know, 2010, Pencil on paper

Nothing to Really Know, 2010

Pencil on paper

19 1/2" x 74 1/4" Each (Work in 5 parts)

Just Like That, 2012, Oil on canvas

Just Like That, 2012

Oil on canvas

84" x 48"

Tak Tak Tak, 2007, Oil on canvas

Tak Tak Tak, 2007

Oil on canvas

80" x 48"

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012, Oil on canvas

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

Nothing Really, 2009, Gouache on paper

Nothing Really, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

Cha Cha Cha, 1999, Acrylic on handmade paper

Cha Cha Cha, 1999

Acrylic on handmade paper

44 1/2" x 27 1/2" (in 12 parts)

As far as I can stretch, 2000, Acrylic on tarpaulin & wooden thread

As far as I can stretch, 2000

Acrylic on tarpaulin & wooden thread

300" x 72"

2011, Gouache on paper

2011

Gouache on paper

16 1/2" x 11 1/2" (Each)

 

OK OK Stop, 2009, Gouache on paper

OK OK Stop, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12 1/5"

Folded Refolded and Still Folded, 2012, Gouache on paper

Folded Refolded and Still Folded, 2012

Gouache on paper

15" x 4"