Drawing inspiration from cinema, photographic archives and mass media, Yamini Nayar builds imagined interiors from found and discarded materials, and photographs them before destroying the tableaux. The environments that Nayar constructs loosely reference both specific landmarks, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson Wax Building and generic spaces or images like a midcentury living room or cubist paintings. Although seemingly devoid of the human presence, Nayar’s work evokes a three dimensional, sculptural, and even corporeal quality. Its abstract, distorted appearance often disorients viewers, yet questions their own mimetic memory to conceive of alternate structures.
Nayar’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Queens Museum and United States Arts in Embassies. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America and Frieze. Nayar is also the recipient of a 2014 Art Matters grant. In 2019, Gallery Wendi Norris will present Nayar in a solo exhibition and will publish her first monographic catalogue.
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