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Underfoot And Overhead
Yamini Nayar
Underfoot And Overhead

2008

C-print

76 x 102 cm
Yamini Nayar works with installation and architecture as photography, creating imagined, psychologically laden interiors from found and discarded materials. These installations are destroyed after the work is photographed, so that the photographic image serves as a stand-in for the original work. In representing invented spaces as still images, any sense of scale is concealed from the audience. The interiors appear destroyed by acts of nature. In Underfoot and Overhead a dishevelled staircase falls precariously from a doorway with a thread of foliage hanging over the darkened entrance. Once inside, a single light-bulb appears to illuminate a darkened room. The work takes its name from a Rudyard Kipling poem.
Being There
Yamini Nayar
Being There

2006

C-print

51 x 61 cm
In Being There, Nayar conceives a miniature room of paneled glass and fake columns with coat-hangers and a protruding guitar handle residing close to the floor. The walls and the floor appear uneven, resembling a kitsch corner for idle recreation. In the centre of the photograph is a bamboo stick bent slightly, jutting from the wall with a lamp-shade shaped like a beehive. Nayar explains her photographic works as a series of "spaces that question the iconic in photographic memory, where found images are pivot points for imagined, alternate structures."
Sincere
Yamini Nayar
Sincere

2006

C-print

51 x 61 cm
Nayar’s constructs recall the work of German artist Thomas Demand, renowned for his paper interiors that, once photographed, allude to something significant having taken place. However unlike Demand’s work, her fictionalised interiors such as Sincere are less a reconstruction from recent history and more away into the artist’s imagination, in which objects and emblems are juxtaposed in architectonic niches. The artist uses both made and found objects as well as images sourced from cinema, photographic archives and mass media to create these interiors.
What Is Essential
Yamini Nayar
What Is Essential

2006

C-print

51 x 61 cm
Yamini Nayar’s work What Is Essential is composed of readymades juxtaposed into an interesting configuration of modern narrative. A photograph of a parachutist in faded black and white is resting between the tiled floor and the laminated fake wooden wall. The photograph and the array of porcelain and plastic objects appear to be organised as one might arrange a desk. The work explores the intimacy of objects in space, as they reference that of a found photograph central to the composition.
Luck Is The Residue Of Design
Yamini Nayar
Luck Is The Residue Of Design

2007

C-print

51 x 61 cm
Luck is the Residue of Design shows a seemingly abandoned space which the earth appears to have shaken dramatically. The delicate shell of walls and floor appear to have cracked under the weight of temporary motion. The alcove at the back seems to have taken some of the force of an act of nature or the weight of something man-made. The use of foreshortening creates a sense of compression and claustrophobia in this imagined interior.
Cleo
Yamini Nayar
Cleo

2009

C-print

76.3 x 101.5 cm
A more recent photographic work Cleo (2009) shows a darkened attic with broken floorboards and an unfinished partition wall with an eye crudely cut into the back wall. The composition resembles a scene from a faded horror film. Nayar conceives and then constructs scenes of heightened melodrama. Nayar’s works lie somewhere between post-explosive moments of reality and dream like scenarios in which humanity has been wiped out.
Study 1
Yamini Nayar
Study 1

2008

C-print (architectural drawing on photograph)

26.5 x 34.3 cm
By drawing directly onto photographs, Nayar’s 2008 series recalls the work of French architect Yona Friedman and his portfolio of working sketches and formal solutions for which he draws and scores directly onto documentation of pre-existing architectural spaces. Such inventiveness is at the root of Nayar’s geometric interventions that have her redesigning damaged cityscapes in order to suggest greater possibilities. In this work, Nayar manages to invent order out of chaos, to seek sense where there are only the remnants of destruction.
Study 2
Yamini Nayar
Study 2

2008

C-print (architectural drawing on photograph)

26.5 x 34.3 cm
Thin white lines are spread very precisely over the surface of the photograph as the artist uses previous documentation as a place from which to invent something else. Nayar’s drawings appear to suggest that she has arrived too late to save this piece of reality and is instead seeking order in the remains of littered chaos. The end of everything is the point at which Nayar introduces creativity to consider what can still be possible.

Yamini Nayar's BIOGRAPHY

Yamini Nayar
Born in 1975, Detroit, MI
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Thomas Erben Gallery, NY

2010
Yamini Nayar, Lightborne Exhibition, Cincinnati Art Museum and Art Academy of Cincinnati


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
School of Visual Arts, SVA Notable Female Alumni, curator Amy Smith-Stewart
Collectors Guide, Volume 2, Chelsea Art Museum, curator Jon Feinstein and Amani Olu
Moving Index, ArtOffice.org, curator Courtney Martin
Manual For Treason, Sharjah Biennial

2010
Object Lessons, New York Photography Festival
The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Conspiracy’ with Raqs Media Collective and Susanta Mandal, Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata, India
Hong Kong Art fair, Hong Kong, Japan
Punctum II, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, India
31 Women in Art Photography, Humble Arts Foundation
Bring Me A Lion, Webster University, MO
Accented, Bric Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009
NADA Art Fair, Yamini Nayar, New Works
Thomas Erben Gallery, NY, Arrested Views, Sheela Gowda and Yamini Nayar
Galerie Anne Barrault, France, We would like to thank (again) the curators, who wish to remain anonymous
Grey Noise Gallery, Pakistan, Good Looking, curated by Atteqa Ali

2008
Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland, By All Means, curated by Thomas Erben Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai, India
Stephen Stux Gallery, New York, Firewalkers
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FA, Exploding the Lotus
Thomas Erben, New York, First Left, Second Right
ExitArt, New York, Spring Auction

2007
ExitArt, New York, Sultana’s Dream
Gallerie Barry Keldoulis, Australia, The Devotee Exhausts the Forces of Activity
Rush Arts Gallery, New York – Art for Life Auction – East Hampton Benefit
Queens Museum, New York, Erasing Borders

2006
Bose Pacia Modern, New York ‘Yamini Nayar and Shreshta Premnath’
Onishi Gallery, New York, The Kayu Project
Kiana Malakzadeh Gallery, New York, This One Time
BosePacia (25), New York, Friends of Fulbright India Auction

2005
Queens Museum of Art, New York Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now, curators Jaishri Abichandani and
Prerana Reddy
Rush Arts Gallery, New York, More or Less, Generation Meaning Through Process
Studio Museum of Harlem, NY hrlm: pictures – video installation; director Greg Tate
PH Gallery, New York, Empire’s Feast

2004
Gallery Arts India, New York, Territories
PS 122, NY, 'Blow the Conch

2003
Bose Pacia, New York, Through Customs curated by Shamim Momin & Raina Lampkin-Fielder
Rye Center, New York

2002
313 Gallery, New York, Black Tea
Interart Annex, New York, Women in Wartime
Society for Ethical Culture, New York

1999
Woods-Gerry Gallery, RI RISD Graduation Invitational
RISD Red-Eye Gallery, RI, Thesis Exhibition, Detroit