YOUDHISTHIR MAHARJAN


Youdhisthir 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. The change in his living situation has also changed in the choices of his mediums and materials.


His solo exhibitions include The Art of Not Making, New England College Gallery, Henniker, NH 2012; Nothing Repeated, Prichard Gallery, Moscow, ID 2012; Swayambhu, Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History, Lewiston, ID 2012; Avernus, Reflections Gallery, Moscow, ID 2011; NiteLight, Indigo Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal 2004; and Gifts of Our Ancestors, Shangri-La Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal 2003.


Some of his group participations include Printmaking/Bookmaking/Works on Paper, Herrett Museum, Twin Falls, ID 2013; Small Works, GreenPoint Gallery, NewYork, NY 2012; No Printing Necessary, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 2012; Works in Progress, Ridenbaugh Gallery, Moscow, ID 2011; and National Art Exhibition, Nepal Association of Fine Arts, Kathmandu, Nepal 2004 & 2003.