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AMINABAD 1 Etching on Paper 7 1/4 X 11 5/8 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & AICON GALLERY - New York
Invisible Cities

35 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012
June 24th, 2010 - July 17th, 2010
Opening: June 24th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.aicongallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
east village/lower east side
EMAIL:  
newyork@aicongallery.com
PHONE:  
212-725-6092
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sat 10-6
TAGS:  
works on paper, mixed-media, digital, video-art

DESCRIPTION
Aicon Gallery New York is delighted to present INVISIBLE CITIES, a group exhibition featuring selected work from a host of international artists. This exhibition takes its inspirational cue from legendary writer Italo Calvino's novella "Invisible Cities", substituting India for Calvino's Venice. The Invisible Cities exhibition explores the conceptual aspect of motherland, from within and without.
This exhibition starts off by asking: how do artists think about India - a nation often described as being beyond simple definition, always open to the Orientalist gaze of travelers such as Marco Polo? Can one only see cities through one's own cultural origins? Can one only describe cities partially or through metaphor? How do artists subvert the closure of travel guides' inert descriptions? How might the city, and in particular the city outside the West, be imagined and described without falling into the traps of convention? Might drawings or objects ("drums, salt fish, necklaces...") be a better starting point?
INVISIBLE CITIES explores these notions through a variety of media, created by artists of both South Asian and European extraction, featuring video installation by Gigi Scaria; works on canvas by Jayashree Chakravarty and Sanjay Sundram; etchings by Damon Kowarsky; mixed media work by Devang Anglay, M. Pravat and Dilip Chobisa; sculpture by Pooja Iranna; and digital works on paper by Mahreen Zuberi.