Selected works by Ajit Chauhan

Ajit Chauhan


162 erased record (album) covers

279.4 x 560 cm
American born Ajit Chauhan, based in San Francisco, is an artist attempting to subvert our sense of perception by reorganizing existing visual languages. For one of his most recent body of works entitled ‘ReRecord’ Chauhan uses old vinyl albums. The work is composed of 160 erased record covers pinned together onto a wall, forming unresolved and slightly faded portraits that recall and highlight the ephemeral nature of things. The record covers can be seen as a marketing tool & a form of expression. They are an expression of marketing, which is playfully undermined. Chauhan’s unresolved portraits are rendered abstract and a reoccurring absence of detail unsettles any sense of something more substantial. Chauhan’s playfulness, upon what already exists, amounts to a work of delicate resolve and mild amusement.


Thursday 31st January, by Joy Suthigoseeya, Fecalface

I don’t know much about Ajit but from what I was able to gather he’s sort of not from one particular place but from all over even though I do think I recall him saying he does hold a special place in his heart for the bay area. His last and most recent showing was at The LAB here in the Mission. His art is comprised of intricately detailed quilled ink drawings that he illustrates on found vintage paper, some of which he got in India while visiting his grandfather. What’s really great about these drawings are the exquisite and meticulous details that invite the viewer to step in and take a closer look. I tried getting detailed shots of some of the pieces but with the lack of flash and all, you can tell that this is something better appreciated in person. At first thinking this was a solo show, I wondered about this Tara person he kept referring to that did the hair. Finally, I figured it out that Tara Foley is the artist credited with doing the mini-book installation portion of it as well. An appropriate choice since they both complemented each others work well. A few of the pieces I really liked plays with letterforms appealing to the graphic designer in me and when asked if there was anything in particular that inspired his work he said not really, that he just flowed in a sort of automatic stream of consciousness mode and that he also tends to find himself repeating certain patterns.


June 22nd 2009, Look Into My Owl

Ajit Chauhan’s altered album covers are on display in NYC. “ReRecord” is the artist’s second exhibition at the Jack Hanley Gallery.
Chauhan sands down discarded record sleeves to achieve this fascinating effect. In removing the branding of the label, the artist succeeds in reducing commercial products to statements of personal taste. This is achieved by erasing objectionable elements in the popular compositions leaving an intimate display of preference.
The figures have been stripped of identity and even sex in these tributes to anonymity. Beyond the beat and measure, popular music is ultimately determined by the hair.
Ajit Chauhan is also including in the show his sculptures known as “The Psuedoscopes” (not pictured). The mirrored boxes exchange visual information between the left and right eye. The transposition of ocular reference contradicts perception resulting in objects moving toward the viewer seem to be drawing away. These pieces offer a direct correlation between science and art.