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The Aesthetic Obsessions
of Tariq Alvi

By Robert Preece

TARIQ ALVl, Somewhere Between (Exhibition and Studio), 1996 (detail), 

table, text, collage, pins, photocopies, magazine pages, photographs, dimensions variable.

Born in Britain of Pakistani descent and based in London and the Netherlands, Tariq Alvi reinterprets media material such as magazines, newspapers and advertisements, creating beautifully aesthetic forms bridging concept-based and visually intuitive orientations. A multidisciplinary artist, Alvi works with collage, photography, video and installation, and explores issues of language, form, sexuality and personality. Sceptical of media packaging and deceptive surfaces, Alvi recently presented a body…

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