Artists > Manish Nai

MANISH NAI, Untitled, 2018, compressed used clothes. 21 sculptures, 80 x 3 x 3 in each

Introduction

The abstract, formally spare and physically compacted work of Manish Nai stems from his dialogue with certain emblematic examples of late Western Modernist art, coupled with his preoccupation with materiality, which pushes his practice towards the making of simple, unitary forms that are salient in Minimalism.

Nai decides to exploit his material's malleability — by twisting and wringing and folding it — and then shapes and compresses its tactile voluptuousness into fairly monumental rectangular or square slabs. The process of compressing the materials — jute, corrugated cardboard, newspapers, old clothes — hardens their initial malleability, desiccates their ductility, transforming them into flattened fossilized versions of themselves.  

The particular process deployed by him has led his work to take a more playful turn as in the slender ‘poles’ or 'beams' made of compressed clothes that are portable, lighter to handle, more vivid in their colouristic appeal. These are either serially propped up against a wall (recalling the similar disposition of a series of distaffs in a famous work by Jannis Kounellis) or piled up in a heap on the floor. Considered individually, the pole cannot but recall the portable coloured wooden staff that was a signature pictorial element of André Caderé’s performative and conceptual practice. 

Deepak Ananth


Born 1980, in Gujarat, India

Diploma in Drawing and Painting, L S Raheja School of Art, Mumbai
Lives and works in Mumbai

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    'Manish Nai’, Het Noordbrabants Museum, The Netherlands (upcoming)

  • 2017

    ‘Manish Nai’, Fondation Fernet-Branca, St. Louis, France

  • 2016
    ‘Matter as Medium’, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
  • 2015
    ‘Manish Nai’, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, USA
  • 2014
    ‘Manish Nai’, Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 2013
    ‘Sculpting in Time’, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke at Art Basel, Hong Kong
  • 2012
    ‘COMPACT’, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, Germany
  • 2010
    ‘Extramural’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
  • 2009
    ‘Manish Nai – New Works’, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany
  • 2007
    ‘Minimal Structures’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
  • 2005
    ‘Threading A Coded Path’, Apparao Galleries, Delhi and Chennai, India

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India Art Fair, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, New Delhi

  • 2018
    'The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace', curated by Peter Nagy, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur 
  • 2018
    ‘Asymmetrical Objects’, curated by Tasneem Mehta and Himanshu Kadam, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
  • 2018

    'Building / Environments’, permanent collection display, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA

  • 2017

    ‘Dwelling, 10th Anniversary Show (Part II)’ , Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

  • 2016

    ‘Gallerists as Interventionists : Collaboration as Strategy’, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, India

  • 2016
    ‘Abstract Chronicles’, curated by Girish Shahane, Gallery OED, Kochi, India
  • 2015
    ‘Prudential Eye Award Exhibition’, Art Science Museum, Singapore
  • 2014
    2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale / ‘Whorled Explorations’ curated by Jitish Kallat, Kochi, India
  • 2014
    ‘Ethereal’, curated by Dr. Amin Jaffer, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2014
    ‘Midnight's Grandchildren’, curated by Girish Shahane, Studio X, Mumbai, India
  • 2013
    ‘The Material Point: Reconsidering the Medium in the (Post)modern Moment’, curated by Kathleen Wyma, Gallery OED, Kochi, India
  • 2012
    ‘The Indian Parallax or the Doubling of Happiness’, curated by Shaheen Merali, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, India
  • 2012
    ‘news’, with Eberhard Havekost, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
  • 2012
    ‘examples to follow!’, curated by Adrienne Goehler, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India
  • 2012
    9th Shanghai Biennale – Mumbai Pavilion, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt and Susan Hapgood, Shanghai, China
  • 2011
    ‘Abstract Articulations’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India
  • 2011
    ‘Home Spun’, curated by Girish Shahane, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India
  • 2009
    ‘Relative Visa’, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
  • 2008
    Gallery Weekend, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke at the Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2007
    1st Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
  • 2005
    ‘Present-Future’, curated by Dr. Saryu Doshi, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India

Awards

  • 2015

    Prudential Eye Award for Painting, Singapore

  • 2004
    Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award 2004-2005, New York

Books

  • 2016

    ‘Künstler: Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst’, published by Kunsthandel Verlag GMBH, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2015
    ‘MANISH NAI’, published by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
  • 2013
    Featured in ‘Vitamin D2 – New Perspectives in Drawing’ (PHAIDON)