Youdhisthir Maharjan31 January - 08 March, 2018
An Unquiet Mind is Youdhisthir Maharjan’s first solo exhibition, at TARQ. As a part of Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2018, the exhibition brings together a body of work that underscores the artist’s meticulous practice that explores the materiality of text. Maharjan does this by using reclaimed text and painstakingly obliterating alphabets and word through arrange of techniques. The result is a sculptural obejct that is freed from the signifying purpose of words. Influenced by Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Maharjan explores the idea of futility through a painstaking and repetitive process of carving out and erasing words and alphabets from their original, embedded position in the text. What remains is a composition of textures and patterns that turn the flat surface of a page into a dynamic entity. These works of art, with their unique visual language, are intuitively decipherable and bafflingly elusive in equal parts.Download Exhibition Catalogue
Youdhisthir Maharjan (b. 1984, Nepal) began his academic foray into the arts with a B.A. in Creative Writing & Art History from the New England College, New Hampshire (USA). He went on to pursue his M.F.A. at the University of Idaho in 2012. Maharjan has since exhibited extensively in India, Nepal, the United States and the UK. Some of his solo shows of note include Nothing Repeated at Prichard Gallery, Idaho (2012); The Art of Not Making at the New England College Gallery, New Hampshire (2012) and Nite Light at Indigo Gallery, Nepal (2004). An Unquiet Mind is his first solo exhibition at TARQ as well as in India. Maharjan has also been a part of several group shows including Himalayan Contemporary, Desai/Matta Gallery, San Francisco (2017); Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire (2017); In Letter and Spirit at TARQ, Mumbai (2016); Reading Room, Saffron Art, New York (2016); Reading Room: Leaves, Threads, and Traces, Winchester Gallery, UK (2016) and Emerging Talent, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia (2016). His work has been a part of large scale exhibitions such as the Kathmandu Triennale (2017) and the Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston Center for the Arts (2015). The artist currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Youdhisthir Maharjan is an artist based in Henniker, New Hampshire. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Idaho (2012), and Bachelors in Creative Writing/ Art History from New England College, New Hampshire (2008). His solo shows include Avernus, Reflections Gallery, Idaho (2011); Swayambhu, Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History, Idaho (2012); The Art of Not Making, New England College Gallery, New Hampshire (2012); Spirituality and Obsession, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, New Hampshire (2014); and Mixed Media Works, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu (2015). Maharjan’s works has been exhibited at various group shows including No Printing Necessary, Arizona State University, Tempe (2012); Printmaking/Bookmaking: Works on Paper, Herrett Museum, Idaho (2013); The Future is Here Again: Visual Language, AC Institute, New York (2015); and Reading Room: Leaves, Threads and Traces, Winchester Gallery (2015). Furthermore, he has participated at the India Art Fair (2016) as well as the Boston International Fine Art Show (2015).
Words are not futile devices
In the lyrics of one of Sufjan Stevens’ songs written as an ode to a lover, is the phrase “…words are futile devices.” Stevens’ words don’t quite apply to artist Youdhisthir Maharjan, as the existence of 26 letters has served as fodder for his solo show that explores the materiality of text.
The Hindu02 Mar 2018
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Architectural Digest02 Feb 2018
An Unquiet Mind | Youdhishtir Maharjan
As a part of Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2018, the exhibition brings together a body of work that underscores the artist’s meticulous practice which explores the materiality of text. Maharjan does this by using reclaimed text and painstakingly obliterating alphabets and words through a range of techniques.
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