Jerry Monteith & Yamini Nayar 


March 29 –May 31, 2014


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 29, 6pm-8pm

To see a world in a grain of sand

And heaven in a wild flower

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour—William Blake


In Duet’s second exhibition Yamini Nayar and Jerry Monteith explore the vertigo inducing ecstasy of dramatic scale shifts. The monumental and the microscopic collide in both 2D and 3D forms where it becomes difficult to tell where surface and volume begin and end. Nayar’s photographic work compresses space combined with an astonishing set of collaged figure ground reversals as a paradoxical sense of order emerges like a pyroclastic force from otherwise scrambled bric-a-brac. Monteith starts small and continues to pare down to what seems like a sub-atomic vanishing point. The effect of Monteith’s grain-like ‘Attractor’ series evokes Blake’s “hold infinity in the palm of your hand” as Nayar’s Chrysalis provides the embodiment of “eternity in an hour”.


Yamini Nayar was born in Rochester, NY in 1975. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Nayar has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at Amrita Jhaveri Gallery, Mumbai, India and the Thomas Erben Gallery, New York and group exhibitions at the School of Visual Arts, New York and the Cincinnati Art Museum. Other recent exhibitions and published projects include the Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco; Sharjah Biennial; NADA, Art Basel; Galerie Anne Baurault, Paris; Indian Art Summit, and Saatchi Gallery, London. Her photographs are in private and public collections, including the Saatchi Collection, Queens Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, and the US Arts in Embassies. She was recently awarded residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, New York and the CPW Photography Residency, New York. Nayar currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and magazines including Unfixed: Postcolonial Photography in Contemporary Art (Jap Sam Books, 2013); and Manual for Treason: Sharjah Biennial (2011), the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Art India, Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, Vogue India, Artpapers, and Art Economist. She is the recipient of a 2014 Art Matters grant.


Jerry Monteith is Head of Graduate Studies, School of Art & Design, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his MFA in Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and his BFA in Sculpture from University of North Carolina. His work has been shown at OK Harris Gallery, New York; Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming; McCutchan Art Center, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville; Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College, Fresno; Gallery 210, University of Missouri – St. Louis; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2004 Southern Illinois Biennial, Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Douglas Dibble Memorial Exhibit, Hunter College, New York, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City; Chicago Botanical Garden, Chicago; Paducah 96, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington among others. He is currently Professor of Art and Head of Graduate Studies, School of Art & Design, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.