Galvainzed steel scaffolding poles, acrylic medium, magnets
84 x 168 inches
The above four images appear courtesy of the Michael Benevento gallery website.
As can be seen from the first four images above, lighting is everything with respect to how a work of art can be, well, um, seen in its best light. If that's not enough, the work, at a glance, is strikingly similar to Robert Irwin's more recent works that stage fluorescent light tubes in similar arrangements, vertical lined up side by side to an overall horizontal arrangement (see here). Whereas Irwin is concerned with the condition of light and its effects, this composition by Alvi seems, as with all his works, about the tenuous relation between structural elements (often poles or similar), which is to say how things hang together or how they adhere. Common grounds between works may revolve, literally, around certain polarities, magnetisms, certainly radiant. See "XX" or "Deep, East, Real" for more examples from Alvi's previous two shows at Michael Benevento.
And Rose, 2017
Wood, mirrored tiles, copper, galvanized steel
16 x 24 x 24 inches each
Again, the pole is the hinge. Polarity, magnetism...
Reaching for the Beginning 1, 2017
Ink on newsprint
46.5 x 70 inches
Structural element (bone) and relationship to pole elsewhere.
In The Sky And The Sea, 2017
31 x 21 inches framed
Somehow the relations between commerce, consumption, and more abstract notions circulate around one another.