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November 16, 2017 to December 30, 2017

Aicon Gallery
35 Great Jones St 
New York, NY 10012

Aicon Gallery

Divine Economy - Chapter One: Structures

Aicon Gallery is pleased to present Divine Economy - Chapter One: Structures, the second major U. S. solo exhibition by Pakistan-born Sydney-based artist Abdullah M. I. Syed, curated by Mikala Tai. The exhibition - four years in the making since his first showing with Aicon Gallery in New York - represents the first of three exhibitions relating to Syed's ongoing research on the (re)presentation of religious, political, and economic systems and how these systems mutually construct and inform one another.

Through both rigorous artistic investigation and playful conceptual satirization, Divine Economy: Structures examines the integral interwoven systems that shape our societies. These systems are veiled within the monotony of everyday life, where they exist as invisible lines of control. Central to Syed’s practice is the revelation of these complex economies of coercion that implicate the individual. Over the past several years Syed has led this investigation through the medium of uncirculated printed currency. Through artistic interventions, the transactional materiality of the note reveals the convergence of religious, political and economic systems.

Abdullah M. I. Syed (b. 1974) is a Pakistani-born contemporary artist living and working between Sydney, Karachi and New York. Trained in diverse disciplines, Syed utilizes a variety of mediums and techniques including sculpture, video installations, drawing, performance and texts to investigate collisions between art, religion, economy and politics.

There will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, November 16, from 6pm to 8pm. It will feature a new live performance by the artist. For an online preview of selected works from the exhibition, please visit the gallery website.