Persimmon Life Studies

All it takes – Homonym / Aakash Nihalani

Homonym, image Aakash Nihalani, 2008

It is not quite in this world that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a colorful cube, a row of tape bricks, or a street art anomaly where you can actually stop in and wait for the signal to change. Though much like how we navigate these days, the virtual surely does a fine job of filling in where traditional time and space keep to a daily beat and ritual.
I have Internet.

Excerpts from a statement, Aakash Nihalani, the author of the above image.

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 ‘disconnect’ from their reality.

People need to understand that how it is isn’t 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. I’m 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 lives in Brooklyn and makes cubes. Generally their construction is simple, a few lines in tape that pop up to a volume. They appear on streets, walls, and buildings, any place where there is a surface, in and around NY.

One can marvel at how simple and powerful each cube is – sometimes seen in pairs, groups, or as part of collabos. They can become bricks, platforms, holes; structural extensions out from a wall, even retain the quality of themselves – a cubic space ready to be filled. They seem to expand the possibility of any particular environment that they are seen in–odd, colorful, virtual spaces, surprises and gifts for anyone to wander in.

For those who can’t actually get to NY right away Aakash has his own homepage and a Flickr account. Both are in my sidebar

• During the month of October Aakash Nihalani is involved with PEDESTRIAN organized by Art In Odd Places

• An online article that includes Aakash Nihalani, Re:Public, Masters of the Ephemeral. ArtCal

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