Youdhisthir Maharjan, Nothingness to Everything, 2019, Work on Paper, 36.5 x 30 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Blueprint12
Blueprint12 has been conceived as a space that can identify emerging talents and categories in South Asian art. As a curatorial premise, the gallery works in dissolving the boundaries that exist in art, envisioning a common platform for South Asian contemporary artists, including folk and outsider art. Our exhibitions are conceived to foster a fresh outlook and dialogue by engaging in lesser known practices that exists in the Indian sub-continent,
constantly driven by our own vision to look beyond the commercials. In the past few years, we have successfully lived up to our expectations, and slowly but surely, have carved a niche space in the Indian art fraternity.
The Blueprint12 team includes Mandira Lamba and Ridhi Bhalla. The diverse backgrounds in art, fashion and collecting have been the USP behind the exhibitions of the gallery, at time when multiple perspectives emerge
from the Indian sub-continent.
Youdhisthir Maharjan (b. 1984), works with found materials and reclaimed text, engaging in laboriously repetitive and autopoietic processes, to create a new language that transcends their humble origin and takes a new life of its own, independent of its prescribed meaning and form; inquiring the intersection of identity and anonymity, individual and collective, familiar and alien; exploring the materiality of text; and reasserting the thingness of language.
His works have grown from pre-composed and finished easel paintings with pre-assigned meanings/messages into process oriented works without prescribed meaning and composition, without any beginning or an end. The process is an end in itself, and not a means to some preconceived end.
Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, began his journey in the arts with a B.A. in Creative Writing & Art History from the New England College, New Hampshire (USA). He went on to pursue his M.F.A. at the University of Idaho in 2012. He has since, exhibited extensively in India, Nepal, the United States and the UK. Some of his solo shows of note include An Unquiet Mind, at Tarq Gallery Mumbai in collaboration with Blueprint12 (2018); Nothing Repeated at Prichard Gallery, Idaho (2012); The Art of Not Making at the New England College Gallery, New Hampshire (2012) and Nite Light at Indigo Gallery, Nepal (2004).
Maharjan has also been a part of several group shows including Himalayan Contemporary, Desai/Matta Gallery, San Francisco (2017); Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire (2017); In Letter and Spirit at TARQ, Mumbai (2016); Reading Room, Saffron Art, New York (2016); Reading Room: Leaves, Threads, and Traces, Winchester Gallery, UK (2016) and Emerging Talent, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia (2016). His work has been a part of large scale exhibitions such as the Kathmandu Triennale (2017) and the Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston Center for the Arts (2015). His works have been presented at India Art Fair with Blueprint12 (2016, 2017 & 2018).