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SHEILA MAKHIJANI

nothing to really know

January 30 - August 17, 2013

SHEILA MAKHIJANI - Exhibitions - Talwar Gallery

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, sewn 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, the line is not used to represent an image; the 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.

SHEILA MAKHIJANI - Exhibitions - Talwar Gallery

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's and Master's 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.

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Yipee! 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38"

Yipee! 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38"

WHOP, 1992

Oil on paper

38 1/4" x 74 1/2"

WHOP, 1992

Oil on paper

38 1/4" x 74 1/2"

WHAP, 1992

Oil on paper

39 1/2" 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"

Oops, 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38 1/4"

What a smile, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

What a smile, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Surrounded, 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"

Untitled, 1993

Ink, paper and pastel on paper

6 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Yep! 1993

Ink on paper

5" x 8"

Yep! 1993

Ink on paper

5" x 8"

Not that way, 1996

Sumi ink & dry pastel on paper

82” x 8” (in 8 parts)
Swell, 1996

Sumi ink on paper

5" x 8"
Come On, 1996

Ink on paper

7" x 5"
On the dotted line! 1996

Sumi ink on paper

5" x 8"
Shhhhhh, 1996

Sumi ink and dry pastel on paper

5" x 7"
Now that is the smallest piece, believe me, 1996

Ink on paper

5" x 8"
Never expected that now did you, 1996

Sumi ink on paper

5" x 8"
Not that way, 1996

Sumi ink on paper

5" x 8"
A Piece of Mauve, 1996

Sumi ink and dry pastel on paper

5" x 7"
Not that way, 1996

Sumi ink & dry pastel on paper

82” x 8” (in 8 parts)

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"
Staying Alive, 1996

Ink and paper on paper

5" x 7"
Two Sides of the Same Coin, 1996

Ink on paper

5" x 8"
In front of Me, 1996

Sumi ink on paper

5" x 8"
Yes I am moving so what, 1996

Sumi ink on paper

5" x 7"
In front of me, 1996

Sumi ink and paper on paper

26 1/2" x 23"

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"

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"
One, Two, Three, Four, I am No. 4, 1996 (detail)

Sumi ink on paper

7" x 5"
One, Two, Three, Four, I am not part of the Foursome, 1996 (detail)

Cotton and cloth

6" x 4"
One, two, three, four & I am not part of the foursome, 1996

Sumi ink on paper, cotton and cloth

47" x 13"

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″

Whirly whirly whirly, 2003

Oil on canvas

72″ x 84″

Watch Out! 2007-2013

Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads

94” x 103” (variable) 
Watch Out! (detail)
Watch Out! (detail)
Watch Out! 2007-2013

Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads

94” x 103” (variable) 

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)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know (Detail)
Nothing to Really Know, 2010

Pencil on paper

19 1/2" x 74 1/4" Each (Work in 5 parts)

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"

Just Like That, 2012

Oil on canvas

84" x 48"

Tak Tak Tak, 2007

Oil on canvas

80" x 48"

Tak Tak Tak, 2007

Oil on canvas

80" x 48"

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"
SNIP SNAP SNAP (detail)
SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

Nothing Really, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

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)
Cha Cha Cha, 1999

Acrylic on handmade paper

5" x 8"
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha (detail)
Cha Cha Cha, 1999

Acrylic on handmade paper

44 1/2" x 27 1/2" (in 12 parts)

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"
As far as I can stretch (detail)
As far as I can stretch, 2000

Acrylic on tarpaulin & wooden thread

300" x 72"

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)

 
Almost at the, 2011

Gouache on paper

11 1/2" x 16 1/2"
Down, 2011

Gouache on paper

11 1/2" x 16 1/2"
One, Two, Three, Four, 2011

Gouache on paper

16 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Looks like this, 2011

Gouache on paper

11 1/2" x 16 1/2"
Touche, 2011

Gouache on paper

11 1/2" x 16 1/2"
Right There, 2011

Gouache on paper

16 1/2" x 11 1/2"
This is it I think, 2011

Gouache on paper

16 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Look Out, 2011

Gouache on paper

11 1/2" x 16 1/2"
Oh Oh, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12 1/2"
This one has no choice, 2011

Gouache on paper

11 1/2" x 16 1/2"
Think about it, 2011

Gouache on paper

11 1/2" x 16 1/2"
2011

Gouache on paper

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

 

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"

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"

Folded Refolded and Still Folded, 2012

Gouache on paper

15" x 4"

Yipee! 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38"

Yipee! 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38"

WHOP, 1992

Oil on paper

38 1/4" x 74 1/2"

WHOP, 1992

Oil on paper

38 1/4" x 74 1/2"

WHAP, 1992

Oil on paper

39 1/2" 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"

Oops, 1992

Oil on paper

74 1/2" x 38 1/4"

What a smile, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

What a smile, 1993

Sumi ink on paper

16" x 12"

Surrounded, 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"

Untitled, 1993

Ink, paper and pastel on paper

6 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Yep! 1993

Ink on paper

5" x 8"

Yep! 1993

Ink on paper

5" x 8"

Not that way, 1996

Sumi ink & dry pastel on paper

82” x 8” (in 8 parts)

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"

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"

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"

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″

Whirly whirly whirly, 2003

Oil on canvas

72″ x 84″

Watch Out! 2007-2013

Steel wire, aluminum & glass beads

94” x 103” (variable) 

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)

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"

Just Like That, 2012

Oil on canvas

84" x 48"

Tak Tak Tak, 2007

Oil on canvas

80" x 48"

Tak Tak Tak, 2007

Oil on canvas

80" x 48"

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

SNIP SNAP SNAP, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 84"

Nothing Really, 2009

Gouache on paper

9 1/2" x 12"

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)

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"

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)

 

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"

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"

Folded Refolded and Still Folded, 2012

Gouache on paper

15" x 4"

Lalit Kala Contemporary
Lalit Kala Contemporary
Nothing to Really Know January 2015

There are some shows where the spectator recognises value in it because of the ideas that it espouses or by the trajectories of thought that are fuelled by the viewing of a particular piece or the entire show as one unit.


 

Mint
Mint
Sheila Makhijani: Beneath the Surface March 8, 2013

Makhijani mostly works in a painterly tradition—hectic brushstrokes and jagged lines fill her art with a nervous energy. She manages to convey an intrinsic edginess without relying too heavily on impasto—the layering of colours—or outré iconography.

Art India
Art India
The Secret Life of Sheila Makhijani October - December 1999

Roobina Karode seeks out Sheila Makhijani at her studio in Delhi and unearths a hoard of energetic works.