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SHEILA MAKHIJANI

Recent Works

April 3 - May 15, 2004

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BUTPUTS, 2003

In this exhibition of recent works by Sheila Makhijani, both works on paper and an installation of painted acrylic cubes are featured. The artist has been meticulously perfecting her execution with gouache and employs a flirtatious nature of line to reveal the intimate and tactile relationship between paint and paper. Makhijani’s paintings carve out an imaginary world of fantasy in a swatch of whiteness, barely visible in some cases, but in others, the grandeur and beauty are revealed on more intimate inspection. The installation of painted cubes, titled BUTPUTS, employs a deliberately playful interactive component as the painted lines reflect and refract with the cubes: creating a multi-dimensional experience of the world Makhijani has created. The works, seemingly deliberate and skillfully rendered, infuse legitimacy to the complex and whimsical forms created by Makhijani. They are intricate, delicately beautiful works that could masquerade as architectural blueprints of a futuristic structure or a cross-section of a micro-organism in their subversion of scale. The lines in the paintings are alive and function like us: they walk, meet, dart, swagger, turn, cajole, and erupt. 

 

“The lines realize that maybe it is better to be a little tame and a little wild. With that they may reach a harmonious balance…and manage to create their own world.” 

Sheila Makhijani

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Not at all! 2002  Gouache on paper  5″ x 7″

Sheila Makhijani was born in New Delhi, India and attended the College of Art, Delhi, where she completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. She then studied at Kanazawa Bijutsu Kogei Daigaku in Kanazawa, Japan (1993). Makhijani’s quotidian practice that has been rigorously maintained over the last three decades, as artists abandon painting for other mediums, Makhijani has steadfastly remained engaged in realizing its limitless possibilities. Makhijani’s works have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Seventh Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) at the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi, India; Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia and Kuntsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands. Sheila Makhijani lives and works in New Delhi, India.

 

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BUTPUTS, 2003
Acrylic on solid acrylic cubes
1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1.5″ (Each of 100)

Whopity Whop! 2002

Gouache on paper

18" x 24"

Whooping Whop! 2002

Gouache on paper

18" x 24"

After a Long Time, 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

Definitely Not the Red, 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

Down...Down...Down We Go, 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

WHAT! 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

So Much For Now, 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

A Little Bit of That... 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

Not at all! 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

EEE.... 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

HMPH! 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

Something about it that... 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

Stumped! 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

Don't Tell Me You Think It's Here!  2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

Last Time, Hah... 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

No Not Here, 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

Not Here as Well, 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

Not Yet, 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

Right Here! 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

So Finally.... 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

Stay Right There!  2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2″ x 12″

Wait Not so Fast!  2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2″ x 12″

Wrong Again, 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2″ x 12″

BUTPUTS, 2003
Acrylic on solid acrylic cubes
1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1.5″ (Each of 100)

Whopity Whop! 2002

Gouache on paper

18" x 24"

Whooping Whop! 2002

Gouache on paper

18" x 24"

After a Long Time, 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

Definitely Not the Red, 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

Down...Down...Down We Go, 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

WHAT! 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

So Much For Now, 2002

Gouache on paper

15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

A Little Bit of That... 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

Not at all! 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

EEE.... 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

HMPH! 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

Something about it that... 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

Stumped! 2002

Gouache on paper

5" x 7"

Don't Tell Me You Think It's Here!  2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

Last Time, Hah... 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

No Not Here, 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

Not Here as Well, 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

Not Yet, 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

Right Here! 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

So Finally.... 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 13"

Stay Right There!  2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2″ x 12″

Wait Not so Fast!  2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2″ x 12″

Wrong Again, 2001

Gouache on paper

9 1/2″ x 12″