Alexander Gorlizkis’ works on paper originate from an obsession with Indian Miniature paintings, a tradition he has subverted and applied to his own idiosyncratic visual language. He creates compositions embedded with irony and humour, to images that can be simultaneously compelling and unnerving. Following Joseph Albers’ dictum that “one plus one equals three,” the artist draws together apparently disparate elements that create a third entity, greater than the sum of its parts.

In the mid 1990’s, Gorlizki established a studio in Jaipur, India. He partnered with Riyaz Uddin, a master painter whose techniques originated over 600 years ago. Gorlizki initiates the conceptual design, and collaborates with Uddin and other members of the atelier who apply jewel-colored pigments, stone colors and gold-leaf using single-hair-tipped brushes to complete the works of breathtaking intricacy.

ALEXANDER GORLIZKI / STRANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN

March 22 - April 19, 2008

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