Aakash Nihalani


presented by Carmichael Gallery



Born 1986 in Queens, NY, USA


My street work consists mostly of isometric rectangles and squares. I selectively place these graphics around New York to highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city itself.


For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely, and unexpectedly Ďdisconnectí from their reality.


Iím not trying to push a certain highbrow logic or philosophy or purposefully communicate through the esoteric medium of art. I work instinctively, trying to follow my gut about the sensation of color and space, and have fun doing it.


People need to understand that how it is isnít how it has to be. My work is created in reaction to what we readily encounter in our lives, sidewalks and doorways, buildings and bricks. Iím just connecting the dots differently to make my own picture. Others need to see that they can create, too, connecting their own dots in their own places.



Aakash Nihalani, Stack, 2011, site-specific installation
Aakash Nihalani, Aalign, 2011, painted wood, 67 x 50 x 25 inches
Aakash Nihalani, Pop Out I, 2011, archival digital print on canvas, 52 x 52 x 1.5 inches
Aakash Nihalani, Charmer, 2010, video still
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