Ethereal

October 23 – December 13, 2014

SAIRA WASIM

I Have to Love You and Leave You, 2014

Marbled paper cut, gouache, ink and silver leaf on wasli paper

9.8 x 13 in / 25 x 33 cm

SAIRA WASIM

ETHEREAL III, 2014

Gouache on wasli paper

14.6 x 10.4 in / 37 x 26.5 cm

SAIRA WASIM

ETHEREAL II, 2014

Gouache on wasli paper

14.6 x 10.4 in / 37 x 26.5 cm

Courtesy of the artist

SAIRA WASIM

ETHEREAL I, 2014

Gouache on wasli paper

14.6 x 10.4 in / 37 x 26.5 cm

Courtesy of the artist

THUKRAL & TAGRA

Dominus Aeries - Escape - Twilight Series 1, 2014

Oil and acrylic on canvas

96 x 72 in / 244 x 183 cm

Courtesy Leila Heller Gallery, New York and Nature Morte, New Delhi

MOHAMMAD ALI TALPUR

Alif, 2014

Felt tip marker on paper

30 x 22 in / 76.2 x 55.88 cm

MOHAMMAD ALI TALPUR

Leeka-2, 2009

Technical pen on paper

9.5 x 12.5 in / 24 x 31.75 cm

Courtesy of the artist

MOHAMMAD ALI TALPUR

Leeka, 2009

Felt tip marker on paper

12 x 13.5 in / 30.5 x 34.2 cm

Courtesy of the artist

AYESHA SULTANA

Wave II, 2014

Graphite on paper

14 x 22.5 in / 35.6 x 57.15 cm

AYESHA SULTANA

Untitled, 2014

Graphite on acid-free paper

10 x 9.9 in / 25.4 x 25.1 cm

AYESHA SULTANA

Untitled, 2014

Graphite on acid-free paper

42 x 20 in / 106.7 x 50.8 cm

PREM SAHIB

We Get Down II, 2013

Aluminum and resin

39.3 x 98.4 in / 100 x 250 cm

Collection Nicoletta Fiorucci, London

PREM SAHIB

Taker XII, 2014

Aluminum and resin

39.3 x 27.5 in / 100 x 70 cm

Private Collection

PRABHAVATHI MEPPAYIL

rw/ten, 2013

Copper wire in gesso panel

15.7 x 17.7 in / 40 x 45 cm

RASHID RANA

War Within II, 2013

C Print + DIASEC

94.5 x 236 in / 240 x 600 cm (in two parts)

Courtesy the artist

MANISH NAI

Untitled I, 2012

Corrugated cardboard

90 x 18 x 15.3 in / 229 x 46 x 39 cm

Courtesy Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

MANISH NAI

Untitled, 2012

Dyed burlap

66 x 48 x 4 in / 168 x 122 x 10 cm

Courtesy Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

ALI KAZIM

Untitled 04 (The Storm Series), 2014

Pigments on tracing film

12.5 x 16.5 in / 32 x 42 cm

Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary

ALI KAZIM

Untitled 03 (The Storm Series), 2014

Pigments on tracing film

12.5 x 16.5 in / 32 x 42 cm

Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary

ALI KAZIM

Untitled 02 (The Storm Series), 2014

Pigments on tracing film

12.5 x 16.5 in / 32 x 42 cm

Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary

ALI KAZIM

Untitled 01 (The Storm Series), 2014

Pigments on tracing film

12.5 x 16.5 in / 32 x 42 cm

Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary

ALI KAZIM

The Fall, 2014

Watercolor pigments on paper

61 x 32.2 in / 155 x 82 cm

Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary

ALI KAZIM

Untitled (Self Portrait), 2014

Watercolor pigments on paper

60 x 30 in / 154 x 76 cm

Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary

ALI KAZIM

Untitled (Self Portrait with Cloud), 2014

Pigments on watercolor paper and polyester film

26.7 x 15.7 in / 68 x 40 cm

Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary

IRFAN HASAN

Self-­Portrait after Cornelis van der Geest, 2014

Opaque watercolor on paper

23 x 15 in / 58.4 x 38.1 in

IRFAN HASAN

Self-­Portrait after Diego Velazquez, 2014

Opaque watercolor on paper

23 x 15 in / 58.4 x 38.1 in

IRFAN HASAN

Self-­Portrait after Peter Paul Rubens, 2014

Opaque watercolor on paper

23 x 15 in / 58.4 x 38.1 in

IRFAN HASAN

Self-­Portrait after Rembrandt, 2014

Opaque watercolor on paper

23 x 15 in / 58.4 x 38.1 in

IRFAN HASAN

 

Portrait of a Young Man after Peter Paul Rubens, 2014

Opaque watercolor on paper

23 x 15 in / 58.4 x 38.1 in

IRFAN HASAN

Self-­Portrait after Anthony van Dyck, 2014

Opaque watercolor on paper

23 x 15 in / 58.4 x 38.1 in

SONIA KHURANA

Surreal Pond II (Detritus) [Video Still], 2013/2014

Two channel wall installation; diptych

High definition video, synchronized, with sound, 18 minutes each, loop

Edition of 10

SONIA KHURANA

Surreal Pond I (Epiphany) [Video Still], 2013/2014

Single screen wall piece

High definition video, silent, color, 4 minutes, loop

Edition of 10

SHILPA GUPTA

Untitled (Holy Waters), 2012

Diasec mounted photographs (set of 4)

28 x 48 in / 71.1 x 121.9 cm (each)

 

Courtesy Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

DILIP CHOBISA

Untitled 2, 2014

Graphite on paper and canvas, acrylic color, mixed media, painted wooden frame and acrylic glass

36 x 26 in / 91.4 x 66 cm

DILIP CHOBISA

Untitled 1, 2014

Graphite on paper and canvas, acrylic color, mixed media, painted wooden frame and acrylic glass

36 x 26 in / 91.4 x 66 cm

DILIP CHOBISA

I don't hide...it's there A, 2014

Graphite on paper and canvas, acrylic color, mixed media, painted wooden frame and acrylic glass

36 x 36 in / 91.4 x 91.4 cm

DILIP CHOBISA

I don't hide...it's there C, 2014

Graphite on paper and canvas, acrylic color, mixed media, painted wooden frame and acrylic glass

36 x 36 in / 91.4 x 91.4 cm

DILIP CHOBISA

I don't hide...it's there B, 2014

Graphite on paper and canvas, acrylic color, mixed media, painted wooden frame and acrylic glass

36 x 36 in / 91.4 x 91.4 cm

DILIP CHOBISA

I don't hide...it's there D, 2014

Graphite on paper and canvas, acrylic color, mixed media, painted wooden frame and acrylic glass

36 x 36 in / 91.4 x 91.4 cm

NOOR ALI CHAGANI

The Wall 1, 2014

Concrete blocks, cement and watercolor on pedestal with acrylic box

12.5 x 9 x 1.5 in / 31.75 x 22.9 x 3.8 cm

Courtesy of the artist and White Turban Art Consultancy

NOOR ALI CHAGANI

The Wall 2, 2014

Terracotta bricks, cement and watercolor

5 x 23.5 x 0.5 in / 12.7 x 59.7 x 1.3 cm

Courtesy of the artist and White Turban Art Consultancy

NOOR ALI CHAGANI

Red Brick Carpet, 2014

Miniature terracotta bricks, metal wires

29 x 48 x 7 in

NOOR ALI CHAGANI

Hanging Rug (re-used bricks), 2014

Miniature terracotta bricks, metat wires

43 x 29.5 in

FAIZA BUTT

My Love Plays in Heavenly Ways-2, 2012

Ink on Polyester film, mounted on light film

33 x 44.5 in / 83.8 x 113 cm

 

Courtesy the artist and Vadehra Art Gallery

FAIZA BUTT

My Love Plays in Heavenly Ways-1, 2012

Ink on Polyester film, mounted on light film

33 x 44.5 in / 83.8 x 113 cm

 

Courtesy the artist and Vadehra Art Gallery

RANA BEBUM

No. 565 Bench, 2014

Paint on walnut veneer on MDF

86.6 x 17.1 x 19.7 in / 220 x 45 x 50 cm

 

Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary

RANA BEGUM

No. 558, 2014

Paint on powder-coated aluminum

78.7 x 82.7 x 2 in / 200 x 210 x 5 cm

 

Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary

Press Release

Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to present ‘ETHEREAL’, a group show curated by Dr. Amin Jaffer at the gallery’s Chelsea location from October 23 through December 13, 2014. ‘ETHEREAL’ offers a new take on the history of South Asian art bringing together the transitory, insightful, and spiritual sensibility of works by 16 leading contemporary artists from the region.

 

The visual arts of the Indian Subcontinent are typically associated with abundant ornament, rich encrustation and riotous color. However, the region has also given rise to a tradition of quiet restraint, evident both in spiritual practice and in forms of representation, whose cultural manifestations are spare, fragile, and even tentative. Whether sculpture, photography or experimental video, each artwork in this exhibition is marked by an ethereal quality that challenges our senses and questions our perceptions.

 

Video and photographic works take nature as a subject, capturing the gracefulness and ethereality found from within our natural surroundings.

 

Such harmony converges in Shilpa Gupta's photographs of water considered holy in different faiths. Arranged in a quadrant formation Untitled (Holy Waters), (2012) is a contemplative reflection of the spiritual qualities of water. Sonia Khurana’s video Surreal Pond I (Epiphany) (2013) presents an idyllic landscape that fades into a mystical experience as a pond slowly evaporates into nothingness. Khurana’s art practice explores the poetics of inner experience and the polemics of being in the world.

 

Ali Kazim captures that moment in natural landscapes just before a physical transformation occurs – a serene moment of haunting stillness. In Taker XII (2014) Prem Sahib explores both formalism and autobiographical themes through a minimal palette of grey, black and white. His glossy slate grey resin ‘sweat’ panels replicate the steamed up windows of a bathhouse with the traces of hands smears stretched across.

 

Working on a larger scale, some artists in the show demonstrate that the essence of ephemerality can be explored through working with ‘heavier’ mediums. Rashid Rana compiles pixilated fragments of macro images and themes, creating paradoxical juxtapositions of contrasting realities. In his new work War Within II (2013), Rana revisits the famous neoclassical painting Oath of the Horatii by Jacques-Louis David, bringing together the contemporary idea of nations as the new form of tribes.

 

Noor Ali Chagani explores the ways that walls in society – that work to both maintain the sanctity of home – can also divide and obscure. Chagani’s surreal sculptures are made of small handmade bricks transformed into tactile textiles and carpets that appear to be suspended in the breeze.

 

An illustrated catalogue with an essay by art historian, critic and independent curator Deepak Anath will accompany the exhibition.

 

 

Artists in the exhibition: Rana Begum // Faiza Butt // Noor Ali Chagani // Dilip Chobisa // Shilpa Gupta // Irfan Hasan // Ali Kazim // Sonia Khurana // Prabhavathi Meppayil // Manish Nai // Rashid Rana // Raqs Media Collective // Prem Sahib // Ayesha Sultana // Mohammad Ali Talpur // Thukral & Tagra // Saira Wasim

 

 

About the Curator: Dr. Amin Jaffer is International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s. He joined Christie’s in 2007 after 12 years as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London where he published several books including Furniture from British India and Ceylon (V&A, 2001), Luxury Goods from India (V&A, 2002) and Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India (2006). He also co-curated and co-edited the accompanying books for the exhibitions Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 (2004), which explored the artistic and cultural encounter between Europe and Asia and Maharaja: the Splendour of India's Royal Courts (2009), which examined court culture in India over three hundred years. He is also Editor of Beyond Extravagance: a Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels (2013). Dr. Jaffer lectures frequently in Europe, America and India and contributes regularly to journals and major newspapers.