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Thomas Erben Gallery is pleased to present work by a selection of artists related to the larger South Asian field\, whose wide variety of concerns\, media\, and practices have recently garnered our atte ntion.

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The meticulously rendered paintings and past el drawings by Vinod Balak (b. 1982\, Kerala\, India) are excessive in terms of aesthetics as well as social norms. Constructing his social all egories in the tilted\, flattened space of miniature painting\, Balak’s hum an and/or animal protagonists are rendered in - and surrounded by - a brash \, synthetic palette and jarring patterns. Loud yet static\, the classical compositions allow for the hedonist impulse of contemporary consumerism to be perceived on a more reflective level.

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Bala k received his BFA from The Government College of Fine Arts\, Thrissur\, Ke rala (2007) and his MFA from the S.N. School of Fine Arts\, Hyderabad (2009 ). His work was included in Roots in the Air\, San Jose Museum of Ar t\, CA (2011) and a solo-exhibition was held at Galerie Mirchandani + Stein ruecke\, Mumbai (2010). He currently lives and works in Hyderabad.

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Faiza Butt (b. 1973\, Lahore\, Pakistan) composes her midsize drawings from collages of journalistic\, personal and advertising images\, touching on issues of cross-cultural integration\, including sex/gender\, religion\, and aesthetics. She works slowly\, incrementally growing imagery through i nnumerable colored felt-tip-pen dots on Mylar\, which are then exhibited ba cklit\, akin to advertisements. At the core of her practice is the hybridiz ation of media – for example\, a meticulous handmade drawing resembles a co arse offset print of a photographic image\, glowing in a public ad display.

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Faiza Butt received her BFA from the Nationa l College of Arts (1993) and her MFA from the Slade School of Art (1999)\, both in London. Her work was exhibited in Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan\, Asia Society\, New York (2009) as well as at venues in the UK\, France\, Hong Kong\, Dubai\, Pakistan\, and India. Solo exhibitio ns include: Grosvenor Vadhera Gallery\, in London (2010) and at Art Dubai ( 2011)\; Rohtas Gallery\, Lahore (2009\, 2008\, 1996)\; Green Cardamom\, Lon don (2008). She lives and works in London.

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Hasan Elahi (b. 1972\, Bang ladesh) is perhaps best known for his ongoing FBI tracking project. Ten yea rs ago\, Elahi was detained by the FBI for suspicion of housing explosives in a Florida storage unit. After an exhaustive investigation\, the agents w ere convinced of their error. To avoid future “complications\,” Elahi has s ince documented every detail of his life by providing a real time map with financial data\, communication records and transportation logs. In our exhi bition\, a photograph of airplane meals demonstrates his interest in the pu blic and investigative value of an overwhelming amount of personal informat ion.

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Elahi is currently Associate Professor o f Art at the University of Maryland as Director of Digital Cultures and Cre ativity. Over the past years\, his work has been included in exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe\, Centre Georges Pompidou\, Sundance Film Fes tival\, Kassel Kulturbahnhof\, The Hermitage\, and at the Venice Biennale.< /span>

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The densely patte rned\, abstract paintings of Anoka Faruqee (b. 1972\, Ann Arbor\, MI ) are composed of tripods and asterisks. Her chromatically gradated\, hand painted surfaces recall warped pixelated spaces\, Islamic tile geometry\, a nd abstract color-fields. Adhering to a diligently methodical process\, Far uqee has supplanted spontaneity and dramatic gesture through controlled rep etition\, thus finding self-expression within the potential of geometric sp ace.

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Faruqee received her BA from Yale (1994) and he r MFA from Tyler School of Art (1997). She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program\, the Skowhegan School of Art\, and the PS1 National Studio Program. Her work has been exhibited at Hosfelt Gallery\, PS1\, Max Protetc h and Apexart\, among others.


Koshal Ham al’s (b. 1988\, Mugu\, Nepal) works are engaged in a syn thesis of appropriation\, combining Western art with the historical format of miniature painting. Working in oil\, he copies Western art historical wo rks (and their gilded frames)\, in diminutive size\, onto larger scale prim ed canvases. He grants these works the specialness of singularity\, while s imultaneously reevaluating and taking ownership – conceptually as well as c ulturally – through the act of appropriation and miniaturization.

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Hamal received his BFA from Beaconhouse National Unive rsity\, Lahore (2011) on a South Asia Foundation Scholarship. His graduatin g exhibition was reviewed by Atteqa Ali: “The star of the show is a Nepales e artist Koshal Hamal. […] His paintings examine complicated concepts\; how ever\, Koshal does not reduce the significance of the form. Instead\, his v isually compelling technique is a kind of foil for heavy ideas. It’s a powe rful trait found in the most interesting art made in Pakistan.” Hamal lives and works in Kathmandu\, Nepal.

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Ehs an ul Haq’s (b. 1983\, Lahore\, Pakistan) sculptures\, i nstallations and videos are carefully considered arrangements of simple ele ments like rubble\, cinderblocks\, furniture\, houseplants\, light bulbs an d\, occasionally\, live animals. His work transcends the symbolic and avoid s flippancy\, creating empathic poetry from everyday objects\, which he org anizes into flawed systems. The photographs included in the show document s tudio installations. One features a donkey\, whose ability to roam is hampe red by a tethered weight\; the other\, a rooster tied by the ankle to a fee d-covered floor\, resulting in a perfect circle of empty floor space over t ime.

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Ul Haq received hi s BFA from the Beacon House National University\, Lahore (2008). Most notab ly\, his work was included in Resemble/Reassemble\, Devi Art Foundation\, New Delhi (2010) curated by Rashid Rana. He had solo shows with Rohtas (2009) and the National College of Art Gallery (2010 )\, both in Lahore\, and has been included in exhibitions in the UK\, Pakis tan\, and Germany.

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The primary concern of interdisciplinary artist Sreshta Rit Premnath (b. 1979\, Bangalor e\, India) is how “political and economic power produces [an ] unequal distribution of knowledge” and “how paradigms of power produce an d constitute our relationship to objects and events in the world.” Rhizo me – a photo series of manipulated roots\, linked togeth er with crimped metal inserts - focuses on the ginger rhizom e\, a household cooking ingredient with locally well know medicinal uses in India and China\, whose genes have been patented by pharmaceutical corpora tions for commercial use. The ways in which systems of knowledge have been\ , and continue to be colonized is an underlying theme.

\n< p>Premnath\, founder and editor of Shifter Magazi ne\, is based in New York. He completed his BFA at The Cleveland Instit ute of Art (2003)\, his MFA at Bard College (2006)\, and attended the Whitn ey Independent Study Program (2008). Solo shows include: Gal erie Nordenhake\, Berlin (2011) and Gallery SKE\, Bangalore (2004\, 2008\, 2010)\, which also presented his work at Statements\, Art Basel (201 0).

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Schandra Singh ’s (b. 1977\, Suffern\, NY) saturated\, large-scale oil paintings executed on linen\, feature lounging tourists enclosed in their own watery paradise. Built of faceted shapes as if their muscles and fascia were exposed\, her figures threaten to disintegrate into the surrounding\, equally fractured p ool water. Singh’s work\, incongruously full of buzz and anxiety\, exposes an agitation resulting from the psychological\, and subsequently political\ , implications of leisure in an era of global crisis.

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Singh completed her BFA (1999) at the Rhode Island School of Design and w ent on to receive her MFA in Painting (2006) at Yale. She had solo exhibiti ons at Nature Morte\, Berlin (2011)\, Bose Pacia\, New York (2010)\, Galeri e Bertrand &\; Gruner\, Geneva (2008) and has shown internationally\, mo st notably in The Empire Strikes Back\, Saatchi Gallery\, London (20 10).

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