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Incense burns on reclaimed book pages

Youdhisthir Maharjan, A Book Of Silence, 2024, Incense burns on reclaimed book pages, 53 x 20.75 in
134.62 x 52.71 cm)

MAHYO043

Hand cut, reclaimed book pages

Youdhisthir Maharjan, A Book Of Silence, 2024, Hand cut, reclaimed book pages, 15.25 x 19 in (38.7 x 48.3 cm)

MAHYO036

Hand cut, reclaimed book pages

Youdhisthir Maharjan, A Book Of Silence, 2024, Hand cut, reclaimed book pages, 15.25 x 19 in (38.7 x 48.3 cm)

MAHYO037

Hand cut, reclaimed book pages

Youdhisthir Maharjan, A Book Of Silence, 2024, Hand cut, reclaimed book pages, 15.25 x 19 in (38.7 x 48.3 cm)

MAHYO038

Hand cut, reclaimed book pages

Youdhisthir Maharjan, A Book Of Silence, 2024, Hand cut, reclaimed book pages, 15.25 x 19 in (38.7 x 48.3 cm)

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Hand embroidered book strips on reclaimed book pages

Youdhisthir Maharjan, A Book Of Silence, 2024, Hand embroidered book strips on woven reclaimed book pages, 15.25 x 19 in (38.7 x 48.3 cm)

MAHYO040

Hand cut text collage on reclaimed book pages

Youdhisthir Maharjan, A Book Of Silence, 2024, Hand cut text collage on reclaimed book pages, 26 x 56.5 in (66.04 x 143.51 cm)

MAHYO042

Hand cut text collage on reclaimed book pages

Youdhisthir Maharjan, A Book Of Silence, 2024, Hand cut text collage on reclaimed book pages, 29.75 x 25 in (75.57 x 63.5 cm)

MAHYO041

Colored pencil, glitter, and marker on paper abstract geometric drawing

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Free Drawing 30, 2015, Colored pencil, glitter, and marker on paper, 22.1 x 29.9 in (56.13 x 75.95 cm)

JCG13389

Marker, glitter & colored pencil on paper abstract drawing

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Untitled, 2015, Marker, glitter & colored pencil on paper, 27.5 x 39.4 in (69.85 x 100.08 cm)

JCG12740

Felt-tip abstract drawing with concentric circles.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Circle in Hexagon, 2014, Felt-tip pen on paper, 39.6 x 29.5 in (100.58 x 74.93 cm)

JCG11842

Felt-tip abstract drawing

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Untitled, 1977, Felt-tip pen on paper, 16.5 x 11.75 in (41.91 x 29.85 cm)

JCG11850

Marker on paper calligraphic abstract drawing

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Untitled (Calligraphy 10), 1980, Maker on paper, 13.75 x 16.5 in (34.93h x 41.91 cm)

JCG12643

Mixed media abstract tent drawing

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Nomadic Tent (Chador 6), 1977, Mixed media, 13.75h x 16.9 in (34.93 x 42.93 cm)

JCG12654

Abstract ink on paper drawing

Waqas Khan, This, 2024, Ink on paper, 30 x 20 in (76.2 x 50.8 cm)

KHAWA011

Abstract ink on paper drawing

Waqas Khan,That, 2024, Ink on paper, 30 x 20 in (76.2 x 50.8 cm)

KHAWA012

Abstract blue ink circle on canvas

Waqas Khan, Convolute, 2024, Ink on canvas, 60 x 60 in (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

KHAWA013

Abstract watercolor on paper drawing

Sathi Guin, Untitled, 2024, Watercolor on paper, 40 x 27 in (101.6 x 68.58 cm)

GUISA010

Abstract watercolor on paper drawing

Sathi Guin, Untitled, 2024, Watercolor on paper, 9 x 5 in (22.86 x 12.7 cm)

GUISA008

Abstract watercolor on paper drawing

Sathi Guin, Untitled, 2024, Watercolor on paper, 9 x 5 in (22.86 x 12.7 cm)

GUISA009

Abstract watercolor on paper drawing

Sathi Guin, Untitled, 2024, Watercolor on paper, 9 x 5 in (22.86 x 12.7 cm)

GUISA006

Abstract watercolor on paper drawing

Sathi Guin, Untitled, 2024, Watercolor on paper, 9 x 5 in (22.86 x 12.7 cm)

GUISA007

Black abstract watercolor on paper drawing

Sathi Guin, Drawing in black 9, 2019, Watercolor on paper, 55.5 x 94 in (140.97 x 238.76 cm)

GUISA011

Abstract blue and white geometric mountains via cyanotype and folded handmade kozo paper

Yasi Alipour, Missing Time Zones and an Ocean in the Other Window, n/d, Fold, cyanotype on handmade kozo paper, 24 x 37.5 in (60.96 x 95.25 cm)

ALIYA001

Abstract black and white geometric shapes via cyanotype dyed with yerba mate tea on folded paper

Yasi Alipour, Of Corner Stones and Fallen Backdrops, 2022, Fold, cyanotype dyed with yerba mate tea, Edition 4/24, 30 x 21.5 in (76.2 x 54.61 cm)

ALIYA002

Abstract blue and white geometric shapes via cyanotype on folded paper

Yasi Alipour, To Dorthea Rockburne, 2023, Fold, cyanotype, 17 x 15 in (43.18 x 38.1 cm)

ALIYA003

Abstract dark geometric shapes on folded paper with toner

Yasi Alipour, Losing Language, n/d, Fold, paper with toner, 31.5 x 20.5 in (80.01 x 52.07 cm)

ALIYA007

Abstract blue and white geometric shapes via cyanotype on folded paper

Yasi Alipour, (آ), n/d, Fold, cyanotype, 21.5 x 15 in (54.61 x 38.1 cm)

ALIYA005

Abstract geometric shapes with cyanotype dyed with Ihaijan tea on folded paper

Yasi Alipour, , n/d, Fold, cyanotype dyed with lhaijan tea, 11 x 8.25 in (27.94 x 20.96 cm)

ALIYA006

Abstract dark geometric shapes via cyanotype and black sulphite on folded paper

Yasi Alipour, Measuring a Mountain, n/d, Fold, cyanotype on black sulphite paper, 38 x 39 in (96.52 x 99.06 cm)

ALIYA004

Abstract red geometric shape with acryilc ink on handmade Nepali paper

IMAGINE, Untitled Red (1), 2023, Acryilc ink on handmade Nepali paper, 30 x 20 in (76.2 x 50.8 cm)

IMAGI001

Abstract red geometric shape with acryilc ink on handmade Nepali paper

IMAGINE, Untitled Red (3), 2023, Acryilc ink on handmade Nepali paper, 30 x 20 in (76.2 x 50.8 cm)

IMAGI002

Abstract red geometric shape with acryilc ink on handmade Nepali paper

IMAGINE, Untitled Red (4), 2023, Acryilc ink on handmade Nepali paper, 30 x 20 in (76.2 x 50.8 cm) 

IMAGI003

Abstract Iranian ink & paper collage on wasli

Ghulam Mohammad, Untitled, 2022, Iranian ink & paper collage on wasli, 6 x 4 in (15.24 x 10.16 cm)

MOHGH014

Abstract Iranian ink & paper collage on wasli

Ghulam Mohammad, Untitled, 2022, Iranian ink & paper collage on wasli, 4 x 6 in (15.24 x 10.16 cm)

MOHGH015

Abstract Iranian ink & paper collage on wasli

Ghulam Mohammad, Untitled, 2023, Iranian ink & paper collage on wasli, 4 x 6 in (10.16 x 15.24 cm)

MOHGH017

Abstract Iranian ink & paper collage on wasli

Ghulam Mohammad, Gunjaan (Jam-Packed), 2019, Iranian ink & paper collage on wasli, 5.5 x 4.5 in (13.97 x 11.43 cm)

MOHGH010

Abstract paper woven carpet

Ghulam Mohammad, Tana Bana (Fidget), 2019, Paper woven carpet, 36 x 156 in (91.44 x 396.24 cm)

MOHGH013

Perforated pages in clear binding

Ghulam Mohammad, Saraab I (Mirage), 2019, Perforated pages, 12 x 15 x 3.5d in (30.48 x 38.1 x 8.89d cm)

MOHGH012

Abstract gouache on mount paper drawing

Safdar Ali Qureshi, Untitled, 2024, Gouache on mount paper, 29 x 40 in (73.66 x 101.6 cm)

QSAFD001

Dark abstract gouache with wasli paper drawing

Safdar Ali Qureshi, Untitled, 2024, Gouache on wasli paper, 26 x 20 in (66.04 x 50.8 cm)

QSAFD003

Red abstract dots with gouache on wasli paper

Safdar Ali Qureshi, Untitled, 2024, Gouache on wasli paper, 25 x 20.5 in (63.5 x 52.07 cm)

QSAFD006

Red abstract geometric lines with gouache on wasli paper

Safdar Ali Qureshi, Untitled, 2024, Gouache on wasli paper, 20 x 25 in (50.8 x 63.5 cm)

QSAFD004

Abstract geometric lines with gouache on wasli paper

Safdar Ali Qureshi, Untitled, 2024, Gouache on wasli paper, 20 x 26 in (50.8 x 66.04 cm)

QSAFD005

Abstract gouache on mount paper drawing

Safdar Ali Qureshi, Untitled, 2024, Gouache on mount paper, 29 x 40 in (73.66 x 101.6 cm)

QSAFD002

Abstract collage with strips of Indian handmade paper stained with Sumi ink on Arches Cover buff paper

Zarina, Blue Night, 2017, Collage with strips of Indian handmade paper stained with Sumi ink on Arches Cover buff paper, 30 x 9.25 in (76.2 x 23.5 cm)

 

Abstract collage with Indian handmade paper on printed black BFK light paper

Zarina, Refugee Camp, 2015, Collage with Indian handmade paper on printed black BFK light paper, 26 x 19 in (66 x 48.3 cm)

Abstract collage with pewter leaf on etching mounted on Arches cover buff paper

Zarina, Untitled, 2012, Collage with pewter leaf on etching mounted on Arches cover buff paper, 7.75 x 8 in (19.69 x 20.32 cm)

Delicately Does It - Featuring Yasi Alipour, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Sathi Guin, Zarina Hashmi, IMAGINE, Waqas Khan, Youdhisthir Maharjan, Ghulam Mohammad, Safdar Ali Qureshi - Exhibitions - Aicon Art 2024

Aicon is pleased to announce Delicately Does It, a group exhibition that focuses on the work of several artists who have spent their careers mastering their craft in impossibly complicated and intricate ways, primarily on and with paper. For these artists, paper can be both surface and medium, fragile, and impervious. Through precise actions such as cutting, folding, etching, and dying, the artists manipulate the materiality of paper and demonstrate its various properties while allowing their labor-intensive language to develop. Oftentimes meditatively repetitive and meticulous, these works thrum with ritualism and geometry. Delicately Does It is about the spontaneous artistic processes and journeys artists embark on without knowing where they might conclude. The more you look at these works, the more you are pulled into their intimate worlds of wonder and curiosity.

Delicately Does It brings together artists from multiple generations starting with Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922-2019) and Zarina Hashmi (1937-2020). Farmanfarmaian’s practice included traditional reverse glass painting, mirror mosaics, sculpture, and installation. For this exhibition, Aicon presents a selection of her kaleidoscopic drawings in combinations of colored pencil, felt-tip pen, glitter, and marker on paper that fuse the principles of Islamic geometry with the minimalist shapes of Western abstraction. Opposite Farmanfarmaian’s vibrant color palette are the works of Zarina Hashmi. Artworks like Refugee Camp (2015) highlight Zarina’s use of texture and materiality through collage in a minimalist composition to encapsulate complex themes of displacement, home, and memory. Both artists were honored with solo exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum later in life, with Zarina in 2013 followed by Farmanfarmaian two years later.

The visual legacy of Farmanfarmaian and Zarina is readily apparent in the works of emerging artists Safdar Ali Qureshi (b. 1980) and Yasi Alipour (b. 1989). Although a skilled miniature painter and teacher of the tradition, Qureshi’s paintings have become increasingly abstract. Using short, repetitive brush strokes and unblended colors, the artist overlaps multiple layers to convey the infinite while simultaneously reflecting the more immediate internal havoc wreaked by devastating floods in his home province. For Yasi Alipour, the principles of mathematics come together with Islamic geometry to build the foundation of her paper-folding practice. Alipour’s tactile works—created using a variety of paper types and photosensitive dyes—evoke landscapes, constellations, and instruments of meditation, to name but a few that are on view in the exhibition.

While minimalism and abstraction thematically connect many of the artworks in Delicately Does It, complex surfaces featuring text link artists Youdhisthir Maharjan (b. 1984), Ghulam Mohammad (b. 1979), and IMAGINE (aka. Sneha Shrestha, b. 1987). Maharjan recycles books and other found objects to create works that exist independently from their original context. He painstakingly cuts out letters from books, rips and weaves together strands of paper, and embraces autopoietic print processes, resulting in objects that are identifiable yet alien. Mohammad also utilizes individually cut letters, specifically Urdu letters, which he then pastes into delicate collages on wasli paper. The illegibility of letters in Mohammad’s works reflects his experience struggling to acquaint himself with Urdu after growing up in Baluchistan, where combinations and pronunciations of basic letters are so different. Using ink rather than cutouts, IMAGINE’s Home, Too series features a single letter from the Nepali alphabet painted four times in an overlapping square. The artist paints the letters without measurements or guidelines, embracing a meditative process impacted by the regulation of her breath to create even and symmetrical images. 

Rounding out the exhibition are the fine line drawings of Waqas Khan (b. 1982) and Sathi Guin (b. 1979). Recognizable by his repetitive markmaking featuring dashes and dots, Khan’s cell-like images draw the viewer in close, even when on a large scale, to create a phenomenological experience. The organic structures he builds over the expanse of his Untitled (2024) work on canvas bring to mind something as vast as the cosmos and as intimate as a fingerprint. A similar organic quality is found in the works of Sathi Guin. With no definite start or end  point, Guin’s ambiguous drawings are reflections of her dreams and emotions. The artist is drawn to watercolor and paper for their inherently vulnerable qualities. Great care must be taken when using these materials to preserve their integrity and avoid immutable errors. 

The nine artists featured in Delicately Does It showcase myriad techniques and strategies for creating intricate artworks on and with paper, occasionally bringing in canvas when scale dictates a more structured surface. The exhibition is on display in the second-floor galleries from May 23 through June 29.

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