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SHEILA MAKHIJANI

nothing to really know

January 30 - August 17, 2013

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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, sown 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, line is not used to represent an image; 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.

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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 and Masters 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.

Exhibition Views

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Yipee! 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38"

WHOP, 1992

Oil on paper

38 1/4" x 74 1/2"

WHAP, 1992

Oil on paper

39 1/2" x 74 1/2"

Oops, 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38 1/4"

What a smile, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Surrounded, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Untitled, 1993

Ink, paper and pastel on paper

6 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Yep! 1993

Ink on paper

5" x 8"

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

26 1/2" x 23"

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

47" x 13"

Whirly whirly whirly, 2003

Oil on canvas

72″ x 84″

Watch Out! 2007-2013

Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads

94” x 103” (variable) 

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

84" x 48"

Tak Tak Tak, 2007

Oil on canvas

80" x 48"

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

Nothing Really, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

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

300" x 72"

2011

Gouache on paper

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

 

OK OK Stop, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12 1/5"

Folded Refolded and Still Folded, 2012

Gouache on paper

15" x 4"

Yipee! 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38"

WHOP, 1992

Oil on paper

38 1/4" x 74 1/2"

WHAP, 1992

Oil on paper

39 1/2" x 74 1/2"

Oops, 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38 1/4"

What a smile, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Surrounded, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Untitled, 1993

Ink, paper and pastel on paper

6 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Yep! 1993

Ink on paper

5" x 8"

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

26 1/2" x 23"

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

47" x 13"

Whirly whirly whirly, 2003

Oil on canvas

72″ x 84″

Watch Out! 2007-2013

Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads

94” x 103” (variable) 

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

84" x 48"

Tak Tak Tak, 2007

Oil on canvas

80" x 48"

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

Nothing Really, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

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

300" x 72"

2011

Gouache on paper

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

 

OK OK Stop, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12 1/5"

Folded Refolded and Still Folded, 2012

Gouache on paper

15" x 4"