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"BLIP!: Paintings & Works by Sheila Makhijani"
2005-09-16 until 2005-11-12
Talwar Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Talwar Gallery is pleased to announce BLIP!, an exhibition of new Paintings & Works on paper by Sheila Makhijani. The exhibition will open on September 16 and will be on view through November 12, 2005. There will be an opening reception and preview on Friday, September 16 from 6-8 pm. In this new series of gouaches, Makhijani continues to explore line, color and space through malleable systems that pivot around an interior logic all their own. Expanding on her earlier drawing practices, in the new works the artist has introduced a sculptural approach to the paper itself - punctured, layered and extended through stitching.

In these new works, the kinetic nature of the drawings is echoed and strengthened by compositions that are no longer static or centered their energy no longer containable by square white surface. The stitching itself proposes sequential fragments of time and space, creating tangible boundaries that are impishly crossed by delicate yet purposeful lines of color. Now more than ever resembling swirling kites in space, Makhijani’s drawings are like moving spirits refusing to be tied down.

Organic and interwoven lines are also the subjects of Makhijani’s large and bold canvases. The undulating paintings conjure images of vivid underwater worlds, wherein varying degrees of translucence and depth echo the airy negative spaces of the gouaches. Within these ample, luminous areas the same web-like lines seem to tease gravity and lure the viewer deeper into the work. As art critic, Menezes states, “….in her canvases where she leaves no terrain unchartered, no space unexplored. Colour rushes in to fill every void and spills over uninvited. Forms leap up and subside in this frenzied feast of tangled nets where buzz not bare rules the roost.”

Sheila Makhijani was born in New Delhi, India and was educated at the College of Art, Delhi from where she also completed her Masters in Arts degree. In 1993 she studied in Japan at Kanazawa Bijutsu Kogei Daigaku, Kanazawa, Japan. Her works have been exhibited frequently in Holland, India and Australia. Her works were included in Bilkool at Perth Institute of Contemporary art and in 1999 and 1998 at RMIT Project Space, Melbourne. Makhijani’s works have also been included in exhibitions at Kunsthal Rotterdam, Holland in 1993; Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem, Holland in 1991; at Saline Royale d’Arc Et Senans, France in 1993. Makhijani’s works are in various private and public collections in United States and India including the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. This is her second solo exhibition at Talwar Gallery.

Sheila Makhijani lives and works in New Delhi, India.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue including an essay by Meera Menezes.

Sheila Makhijani
80" x 70"
oil on canvas, 2004

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