Tariq Alvi works intuitively, often recycling and re-contextualizing found printed matter from newspapers and magazine advertising, creating labour-intensive works which present us with both disarmingly simple and complex aesthetic forms that reflect upon contemporary society. Alvi’s current Chisenhale Gallery exhibition entitled The Meaning presents a group of sculptures, paintings and collages that meditate on the relationships between economy, desire and materiality. Alvi’s untitled limited edition, produced to accompany his Chisenhale Gallery show, depicts a pair of mirror balls, drawn freehand using a computer programme and placed at the centre of a large blank sheet, both emphasizing the intricacy of the drawing and the formal qualities of the image.
Tariq Alvi is a British artist based in London. Solo exhibitions include Cabinet, London (2012); XX, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles (2011); The Meaning, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2009); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2009); 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco (2008); Cabinet, London (2007); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2005) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2001).
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