ILYAS AHMED // the endless intermission
On view March 2nd - March 30th, 2011
Opening reception First Friday March 4th, 6pm - 9pm
Artist talk Wednesday March 23rd, 7pm
Inspired in part by ritual and obsession, Ilyas Ahmed's work is an attempt at dealing with a reconciliation between nightmarish and idyllic dreams and visions. With The Endless Intermission, his first solo exhibition at Nationale, Ahmed further tries to make sense of the subconscious and its elusive iconography. Conceived in the half-light of memory and in flickered dreams, these new collages are a revision of the extremes. They are part protest, part joy, part lament, part comedy, part pathos. Inhabited by figures which are at once performative, disruptive, and attentive, the work is very personal, yet composed of relics and symbols gathered from a territory familiar to us all.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in North Jersey, Ilyas Ahmed currently resides in Portland, Oregon. As a musician, he has released records on such respected labels as Time-Lag and Root Strata. In addition to having been featured on album covers, Ahmed's artwork has been shown in group exhibits in Vermont, New York City, Seattle, and Portland.