IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Anujan Ezhikode
Anujan Ezhikode
Anujan Ezhikode

My earliest influences were the elaborate temple arts and colorful folk and religious rituals of Kerala, India. An interest in visual arts led me to enter the theater arts program at the Kerala Kalamandalam. This rich artistic lineage of sound and color still fuels my work.

I use bubble imagery as a metaphor for the invisible barrier that separates us from understanding the past. This bubble layer often resembles the surfaces created by rice paste used in the ritual and theater arts of India. My figures evoke those distant memories, which constantly resurface to be confronted and rediscovered.

By using materials that also have history, whether working with recycled paper, found materials, or borrowed fabrics each contributes, in its own way, to this idea of the past unraveling. They bring another layer of memory. Obscuring and revealing; my work explores the way we are confronted by a world that seems veiled to us. We are well aware of what lies behind the curtain; it is part of our memory. You can walk through it, it is always are only adding your own new layers, one at a time.

Invitationals/Solo Shows
2014 Strathmore, Heritage India: Works by Anujan Ezhikode and Shanti Chandrasekar, Invitational Gallery, North Bethesda, MD
2014 Smithsonian, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, Washington, DC
2012 Newark Arts Council/Prospect St. Fire House Inaugural, Invitational, Ironbound/Unbound # 3, NJ
2011 Newark Arts Council/Sumei Arts, Invitational, Ironbound/Unbound # 2, NJ
2010 BWAC, featured artist Transparent Space, Lineage Show, Brooklyn, NY
2010 UUFH, Journey Through Broken Bubbles, Huntington, NY
2005 Mid-Manhattan Library, Art in the Windows, NYC
2004 The Classroom at PS 122 Gallery, Residency Project, NYC

Selected Shows
2014 Manhattanville College, Berger Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2014, NY
2014 Infusion Gallery, Roots, curator Sarah Campbell, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Crossing Art, Erasing Borders 2014, Flushing, NY
2014 BWAC, Wide Open 5, curator Pauline Pobocha/MoMA, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Queen’s Museum of Art, Erasing Borders 2014, NY
2014 16th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine, NYC
2013 Manhattanville College Berman Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2013, NY
2013 Alfa Art Gallery, Namaste, New Brunswick, NJ
2013 Hammond Museum, Erasing Borders 2013, North Salem, NY
2013 BWAC, On the Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Flushing Town Hall, Erasing Borders 2013, NY
2013 15th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC
2012 Art6, Erasing Borders 2012, Richmond, VA
2012 BWAC, Coming To Brooklyn 2012, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Queens College, Amulets, Nazars & Evil Eyes, curator Tara Mathison, NY
2012 Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Erasing Borders 2012, NY
2012 GE’s 2012 Asian Heritage Month Exhibit, curator Valerie A. Cooper, CT
2012 Crossing Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2012, Queens, NY
2012 14th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Cheim & Read, NYC
2011 Jorgensen Gallery, UConn, Erasing Borders 2011, Storrs, CT
2011 BWAC, Tales of Breukelen, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Aicon Gallery, Erasing Borders 2011, NYC
2011 Wang Center, Stony Brook University, Erasing Borders 2011, NY
2011 Queens Museum of Art, Erasing Borders 2011, NY
2011 Watchung Arts Center, India from my Window, curator Bindia Puri, NJ
2011 BWAC, Wide Open 2, curator Nat Trotman/Guggenheim, Brooklyn, NY
2011 13th Annual Postcards from the Edge, CRG Gallery, NYC
2010 The Guild Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2010, NYC
2010 Twelve Gates Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2010, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Visual Arts Center of NJ, Erasing Borders 2010, Summit, NJ
2010 BWAC, Nailed, Brooklyn, NY
2010 12th Annual Postcards from the Edge, ZieherSmith, NYC
2009 Gallery at Penn College, Erasing Borders 2009, Williamsport, PA
2009 Queens Museum of Art, Erasing Borders 2009, NY
2009 BWAC, Art in Changing Perspectives, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Dowd Fine Art Gallery SUNY College at Cortland, Erasing Borders 2009
2009 11th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, NYC
2008 Queens Museum of Art, Erasing Borders 2008, NY
2008 Islip Art Museum, A Passion for Pixels, curator Bruce Deitrich Price, NY
2008 Hammond Museum, Erasing Borders 2008, North Salem, NY
2008 Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Erasing Borders 2008, NY
2008 BWAC, Pier Show 16: Spring Ahead, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Tabla Rasa Gallery, Erasing Borders 2008, Brooklyn, NY
2007 10th Annual Postcards from the Edge, James Cohan Gallery, NYC
2007 Islip Art Museum, Free Play, curator Judith Page, Long Island, NY
2007 440 Gallery, Small Works Show, Brooklyn, NY
2007 BWAC, Pier Show 15: Connections, Brooklyn, NY
2007 JCAL, The Field, curator Heng-Gil Han, Jamaica, NY
2006 440 Gallery, Small works show, Brooklyn, NY
2006 JCAL, Mother Tongue, curator Mary Bernstein, Jamaica, NY
2006 BWAC, Pier Show 14: Transformation, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Consulate General of India New York & IAAC Show, NYC
2005 BWAC, Earth Summer Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
2005 440 Gallery, Small works show, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Gallery 402, Drawing Show, NYC
2004 Painting Space 122, Project Studio Artists, NYC
2004 St. John’s University, 9th Annual Exhibition, Queens, NY
2004 80 Washington Sq East Galleries, Small Works show, NYU
2003 Islip Art Museum, Noah’s Ark show, Long Island, NY

Grants Fall 2006 Printmaking Scholarship, Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC
“Project Studio Program” Painting Space 122, NYC Studio space: Oct. 2003-Sept. 2004
Recipient of 1992 “Diverse Forms Artists’ Projects: Regional Initiative” grant
John Hovannes Memorial Merit Scholarship, The Art Students League of New York

Fall 2006 Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC
1983-88 The Art Students League of New York, NYC
Spring 1985 Color Print Atelier, New York University, NYC
1982 Kerala State Academy of Arts, Theater Arts, diploma & post-graduate work, India
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