Pi Artwork’s booth at Armory 2017 will premier sculptures and works on paper by Abraham David Christian, Susan Hefuna, Tayeba Begum Lipi, and Mehmet Ai Uysal.
A long-standing interest these artists share is the different ways different mediums create permanent physical representations of something fleeting and delicate.
By underlining how the use of different mediums and materials alter the viewer’s perception of their unique and recognisable aesthetic syntax, the artists’ underscore the materiality and potential of their chosen materials.
Hefuna and Christian’s drawings contain sparse abstract structures of rapidly and intuitively composed shapes and lines. Their metal sculptures depict similar constructions that retain the drawing’s lightness of touch but allow the viewer to experience the interplay of light and shadow as they move around the work.
Lipi’s pregnancy scans taken prior to her miscarriage are juxtaposed with an empty perambulator created from the stainless steel razor blades used to cut a child’s umbilical cord. Both encapsulate the painful tension between a brief life and the permanence of its memory.
In contrast, Uysal creates a chunk of chewed-up, bright pink bubble gum smeared across the booth’s wall. Playfully contrasting the pliable and throwaway nature of the gum and the solidity of its oversized replica.