Drawing the lines: Four Iranian artists living in
March 24 though April 28
Opening reception 18:30 to to 21:00
Drawing The Line: Four Iranian Artists Living In New York presents a
selection of mixed-media paintings and works on paper by the artists Ardeshir
Mohasses, Nicky Nodjumi, Nahid Hagigat and Hengameh Fouladvand at La Maison,
This group show intends to aquaint the audience with the works of four
distinguished Iranian artists whose career has partly developed in the
United States. Even if the show is not structured around a specific theme,
the exhibition confronts the audience with the physical and psychological
sensations one encounters in the field of painting and representation.
The works of these four Iranians artists have the rare quality of being
personal and process-oriented at the same time, concerned with this particular
moment when the emotional tumult encounters art history.
Ardeshir Mohasses is the most inmediately and blatantly political portraitist
of the visual. His politics though are not just a politics of having-been-there
or a politics of having-seen-it, but a persistently palpable politics of
still-being-there, a politics of still-seeing-it. Under the gaze of Mohasses
the world he sees dissolves, dis-figures, falls apart, breaks into pieces.
Nicky Nodjumi's homo satiricus is the sojourner of some nightmarish
satire. His visual anti-manifesto finds it expression in a frightful escape
into the extremity of no-where, where things become a remembrance of themselves.
Nahid Hagigat is a book-breaker, a paginating pager of the past. She
sees what she reads. A painter of pages past, she also subverts classical
images to create a new mythology. Hagigat paintings reminds us that the
word Miniature does not mean small at all, but refinement.
In Hengameh Fouladvand's works mysticism and spirituality are central
elements, which often find a visual translation in a synergic use of color.
The suface of her paintings seems to be possessed by a centrifugal force
that captures the nuances of motion.
This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the generous support
of Professor Hamid Dabashi