Toss: Sheila Makhijani

When 13 Nov 2010 - 15 Jan 2011
Where Talwar Gallery
108 E 16th St # 3
New York, NY 10003
United States
Enquiry 212.673.3096

Don’t Move Me! 2009.  Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery New York

November 13 2010 – January 15 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 13, 2010

Press Release:

Talwar Gallery is delighted to announce TOSS, an exhibition of new works by New Delhi based Sheila Makhijani. The exhibition will open to the public on November 13 and will be on view through January 15, 2011. This is the third solo exhibition of the artist at Talwar Gallery.

On view is a body of works created over the last two years. It includes a series of gentle drawings with gouache on paper; a group of stitched drawings combined of multiple planes of paper cut in various shapes, joined and stitched with layers of clear plastic; and an artist’s book, in which a set of drawings constructed and bound by the artist unfold as the pages are turned.

Stitched, ripped, folded, layered and painted, the paper in Sheila Makhijani’s hands becomes a performance site for her lines. On this surface lines dart, skip, or twirl like an ecstatic dervish dancer or gently wind their way like a solitary country road through the folds of nature and those of the artist’s mind. These seemingly aerial mappings of imaginary landscapes, while balanced and floating in her gouache drawings series, are more adventurous in her “stitched” drawing series. Here they are no longer contained within a square sheet or a frame, but traverse different planes and colors, courting lines of sewn colored thread that appear to keep them from trespassing on the thin ice-like clear plastic sheathing.

Sheila Makhijani was born in 1962 in New Delhi, India and received her Bachelor and Masters of Fine Art from theCollege of Art, New Delhi.  In 1993, she studied in Japanat Kanazawa Bijutsu Kogei Daigaku, Kanazawa, Japan. Makhijani’s works have been on view in exhibitions at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia; Kuntsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands; Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem, Netherlands, and at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India.

Later this month Makhijani’s works will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY in On Line: Drawing Through The Twentieth Century, curated by Catherine de Zegher and Connie Butler.

Sheila Makhijani lives and works in New Delhi, India.

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