The L: How did your signature aesthetic evolve from abstraction into these new figurative pieces?
Well, I work with cubes and shapes that are linear and square, but recently I was able to make a circle out of squares, and this became the starting point. I started making organic shapes out of linear forms, and I was able to get into figurative work that way. And this work is super-bulbous, especially for an artist who works with cubes and squares, it's a lot of circular, organic shapes. It's a fun in-between area that I'm playing with. For my previous show I was starting from a cube and for this exhibition I've been using this new module as my starting point.
What are your new pieces made of?
These are all powder-coated aluminum. I wanted to use a production material that was recognized in the art world. They were produced by a company called Milgo/Bufkin
, which has been around for a while and produced a lot of sculptures all around the world, but they're known because they worked on several of Sol LeWitt's last works when he was still alive and working. They also fix up Donald Judd works, and Richard Serra's work, so they're really well known for working with metal. This is only the beginning of where I'm at working with production, and hopefully in the next show my work will be off the wall. I want to get into more sculptural sorts of things, so my work is slowly coming off the wall. It's been fun to work with different production methods.
Aakash Nihalani's new exhibition, Overlap, continues at Bose Pacia (163 Plymouth Street, Dumbo) through December 18
(Photos by Crystal Gwyn)