Capp Street Project: Tariq Alvi

April 07, 2005 to May 14, 2005

London-based artist Tariq Alvi makes collage-like installations that map the complexities of contemporary social, emotional, and psychological landscapes.

Recycling and recontextualizing printed ephemera (club flyers, restaurant menus, jewelry catalogs, newspapers, classified ads, and maps), Alvi's fragile—and often ephemeral—works operate at the threshold of private and public life. Alvi's work addresses issues of ethnic and sexual identity, seeking to reconcile the often contradictory impulses of reality and desire.

Alvi is the 2005 Capp Street Project artist-in-residence at the Wattis Institute.

About Alvi's Capp Street Projoct exhibition, Artforum critic Glen Helfand writes, "Alvi sets up the uncomfortable but pervasive gay male emotional spectrum of pumped-up egos and muscles on the one hand and a palpable sense of physical fragility on the other. The values and ideas to which he alludes shift with the winds—of morality, medicine, and emotional yearning."

Significant support for the CCA Wattis Institute has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and by Judy and Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/ San Francisco Hotel Fund. Additional support provided by the CCA Curator's Forum.