Ajit Chauhan
American, born 1981
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Jack Hanley Gallery at Frieze London,
Jack Hanley Gallery

Through his drawings, sculptures, audio, and video, San Francisco-based artist Ajit Chauhan distorts and reorganizes his visual surroundings. For his series of deconstructed LP covers, Chauhan scoured his neighborhood flea markets for vinyl records, which he then altered through a process of sanding and erasing. The covers were rendered abstract, their figures void of identity, gender, or branding; only a mouth or a pair of eyes remained in these faded and unresolved portraits, in line with the usual ephemeral nature of his work. For his drawings, Chauhan uses black and sepia-toned ink and, often, papers sourced from his grandfather in India; fittingly, his subjects recall the traditional imagery of his ancestry. Throughout his body of work, which also includes puzzles, sculptures, and hand-stamped prints, Chauhan dismantles a visual language which is left wide open for interpretation.

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