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Mira Dayal, 'Material Metaphors'


Mira Dayal, Material Metaphors

October 6 - November 10
Artist Reception October 13, 6-9 pm

NARS is pleased to announce Mira Dayal as the recipient of the 2017 Juried Solo Exhibition, selected by guest juror Tom McGlynn.

Material Metaphors focuses on hair as a language and material with which to elicit, translate, and confront contemporary political affects. Architectural and performative, the installation employs marketing tropes and displays as modes of consuming and fetishizing hair. A series of photographs looks further into embodied and cultural forms of hair and its residues, in abstracted, ambiguous, and homologous representations. Together with a selection of prints made with real and artificial hair, these works engage with sources of repulsion, attraction, distrust, and narcissism.

Gathered from the artist, other artists, friends, and mentors, the hair that is used in each work comes to represent a collective body, which will be involved in a performance accompanying the exhibition.


Mira Dayal is an artist, writer, editor, and curator based in New York. Through installations that bring together film photography, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing, her work investigates the process of translation—of language to material and of material to language, and of a single idea shifted from one art form into another. In recent work she focuses on excavating disgust, decay, surfaces, and self-representation. Dayal’s work has been exhibited at Abrons Art Center, A.I.R. Gallery, and Barnard College in New York; Masur Museum of Art, LA; Georgetown Art Center, TX; and Nave Gallery, MA, among other venues.