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M F Husain
BLANKETING (Mother Teresa Series)
Limited edition serigraph (edition of 300)
individual serigraph $2,000; set of 3 $5,000
17 x 22 in.

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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:31:43 EST
Eat Pray Thug - Featuring Roohi Ahmed, Chiraag Bhakta (*Pardon My Hindi), Chitra Ganesh, Ratna Gupta, Ranbir Kaleka, Aakash Nihalani, Adeela Suleman, Himanshu Suri, Abdullah M. I. Syed, and Salman Toor - Curated by Himanshu Suri
Himanshu Suri
Single-channel video
15:27 min.

February 7 - March 10, 2015
Aicon Gallery


February 7th, 2015 – March 10th, 2015

Aicon Gallery is proud to present EAT PRAY THUG, a group exhibition curated by Himanshu "Heems" Suri. To commemorate Suri's upcoming debut solo album release, he has curated a group show of the same name, along with a schedule of events and performances. The exhibition represents a wide array of mediums and artistic backgrounds - straight/queer, Hindu/Muslim, male/female, established/newcomer, Asia/Diaspora. Though all these artists may trace their roots to India or Pakistan, they live and work in varied mediums around the world and not all the work revolves around issues of identity, for example, the abstract geometric studies of Nihalani and Suleman’s black comedic commentary on current events in Pakistan. Taken as a whole, the exhibition examines the richly varied contemporary artistic voices resonating from out of South Asia and its Diaspora.

In addition to the exhibition, Suri has also put together a series of events for the month. There will be a performance by Pakistani punks The Kominas with Rizwan “Riz MC” Ahmed, the Nightcrawler actor and Suri’s partner in the post-partition hip-hop duo Sweat Shop Boys. Viewers will also be able to witness an exclusive performance art piece by Deepak Choppa. February 28th, Deepak Choppa will turn the gallery space into a recording studio for a full 24 hours. Heems will write and record an EP of all new material over this time period, with the gallery open to the public throughout.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan Roohi S. Ahmed’s video drawing performance, titled Sew and Sow, examines the conceptual process, physical gestures, and emotional and personal narratives of literally marking the body and the cartographies arising from it. The stitching and unstitching of her skin leaves visible tactile traces as a memory of actions and corrections made by the other hand. In 2002, after encountering his family's South Asian film collection, Chiraag Bhakta began his series of nostalgic Bollywood-inspired prints under the name *Pardon My Hindi. Using humor mixed with stark social commentary, Bhakta seeks to explore cross-cultural interpretations of identity as a first generation Indian American. His Arch Motel photographic series, a collaboration with Mark Hewko, has been shown at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and his Washed Series collage works are being shown for the first time in New York.

Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives and works. Her artistic praxis is inspired by buried narratives and marginal figures typically excluded from official canons of history, literature and art. She is widely recognized for her experimental use of comic and large-scale narrative forms to communicate submerged histories and alternate articulations of femininity to a broader public. Her works have been featured in several publications including the New York Times, Flash Art, Art Asia Pacific, and Time Out New York. Ratna Gupta studied graphic design at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and book arts and crafts at the London College of Printing, The London Institute. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work re-contextualizes natural surfaces such as bark and skin by rebuilding them with molds, latex, canvas and thread, preserving them against the destructive forces of both man and nature.

Born in 1953, Ranbir Kaleka is a formally trained painter who has progressively transitioned into video art by developing a distinctive painterly language for his multimedia projects. In Man with Cockerel - 2, a man is caught in a circle of endless pursuit and capture of his escaped ‘cockerel’. The viewer's reverie is jolted by a play with diegetic and non-diegetic conventions of sound: domestic, industrial, everyday and the environmental. The only relief is the long silent lapping of the waves on an empty screen at the end of the loop before the man again finds his ‘cockerel’ and enters the frame. Aakash Nihalani, born in Queens, studied at the Steinhardt School of Culture in NYU, New York. Heavily inspired by local street art, Nihalani is drawn especially to isometric rectangles and squares, often creating highly illusionistic installations simply from color, line and space. His work is a reaction to forms and structures we readily encounter in both public to private, where we’re required to establish our own placement within a larger picture.

The mainstay of Karachi-based Adeela Suleman’s artistry explores a series of dichotomies that point to the fragile and fleeting ephemerality of life as experienced by the artist amidst the chaotic and perpetually deteriorating religious and political violence of Pakistan. Her figures of headless soldiers and courtiers decapitating and disemboweling each other function as a grotesque yet somehow humorous representation of the ambiguous roots and perpetuators of the horrific violence wracking Pakistan, where nothing is ever quite as it seems. Working and living between Karachi and Sydney, Abdullah M. I. Syed’s practice is rooted in the long history of discourse and debate surrounding Colonialism and Orientalism, now forever altered in apost-9/11 political landscape. His exuberantly colored outsized Brut medallions use traditional Pakistani arts and crafts techniques to explore the warping and stereotyping of notions of masculinity both within Islamic societies and from myopic Western preconceptions. Throughout his work, Brooklyn-based painter Salman Toor deftly presents a subtle melding of the confused consumeristic and social fantasies of the mass-medias of India, Pakistan and the U.S. with a Renaissace-era handling of light, painting and draftmanship. In the works Newscater I and II, Toor depicts a set of dueling characitures of impossibly idealized South Asian news anchors humorously surrounded by the scribbled disconnected notes, lists and rants of a fictionalized and neurotic contemporary artist.

Himanshu “Heems” Suri, formerly of the rap group Das Racist, has exhibited his work at the Guggenheim, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and curated projects for instituitions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In addition, he has maintained a constantly evolving output of collaborative musical and recording projects. His work on diplay in this exhibition will include unique pieces as well as collaborative installations and limited edition album artworks all based on Suri’s travels in India and experiences and upbringing in New York City. This is his first curatorial project with Aicon Gallery. ]]>
Sat, 07 Feb 2015 13:07:16 EST
Approaching Abstraction: Works from the Herwitz Collection - Featuring S.H. Raza, Ranbir Kaleka, G.R. Santosh, Manisha Parekh, and Vijay Shinde
S.H. Raza
Acrylic on canvas
51.5 x 51.5 in.

February 7 - March 10, 2015
Aicon Gallery

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:55:18 EST