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ART BRIEF II: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY NORTH AMERICA

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 7:00-10:00pm

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Art Talk/Closing Reception: Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 3:00pm

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Exhibiting Artists: Samira Abbassy, Melika Abikenari,
 Ala Ebtekar, Aida Izadpanah, Simin Keramati, Farzad Kohan, 
Marjam Oskoui, Kambiz Sharif, Kamran Sharif, Dana Nehdaran, Dariush Nehdaran, Hadi Salehi, Shilla Shakoori, and Shadi Yousefian

Arena 1 Gallery

3024 Airport Ave.

Santa Monica, CA 90404

ADVOCARTSY presents the second installation of a multi-artist show entitled ART BRIEF II: IRANIAN

CONTEMPORARY NORTH AMERICA.  This exhibition is co-curated by ADVOCARTYS

founder and principal, Roshi Rahnama and Dr. Talinn Grigor, author of Contemporary Art of

Iran: from the Street to the Studio and Professor of Art History at the University of California,

ART BRIEF II: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY NORTH AMERICA seeks to explore the diverse ways in

which artists of Iranian background and based in North America have addressed the separation

from their homeland. The works exhibited speak to the various artistic reactions and reflections

to the realities of identity formation in diaspora, the pain and joy of exile, the call of nostalgia,

and the fragmentation of the self.

The ART BRIEF series provide a concentrated opportunity to introduce local artists of Iranian

heritage to the Iranian community of the region – the largest such community outside Iran itself

– and equally to the art community of Los Angeles, and beyond. It is designed to build

community and to build bridges between communities, but also to demonstrate the breadth of

expression and meaning characterizing the art of Iranian-American artists.

The artists featured in this group show include:

Samira Abbassy is an Iranian native who grew up in London. Her expressive self-portraits explore the many colorful facets of fractured identity.  (New York City)
Melika Abikenari is an Iranian video and performance artist based in Los Angeles. Her work is beautiful and forceful, ethereal and definite.  (Los Angeles)
 Ala Ebtekar’s paintings, drawings, and installations can be found in renowned collections both public and private. He has been teaching at Stanford University since 2009 in the Department of Art & Art History and Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford.  (San Francisco)
Aida Izadpanah possesses a diverse repertoire of media and styles, having worked for many years in acrylic, oil, mixed media, watercolor, photography, floral design, and porcelain painting. She specialized in European styles, ethnic Persian motifs, and modern designs.  (New York City)
Simin Keramati  is a multidisciplinary artist whose work incorporates biographical, social and political imagery addressing localities of her home in Toronto as well homeland Tehran. (Toronto)
Farzad Kohan was born in Tehran, Iran. His sculptures and paintings explore themes such as love, migration, and identity, and often incorporate appropriated media and found objects. Kohan places an emphasis on form, allowing the successive stages of art making to become analogous to diasporic experience, as diverse, sometimes opposing, elements are sampled, brought together, and accumulated.  (Los Angeles)
Dana Nehdaran studied painting at Sooreh University in Shiraz, Iran and has recently migrated and currently resides in NY. Nehdaran has won several awards for his detailed sketches and photographs and is a celebrated Iranian painter with works in renowned international collections.  (New York City)
Dariush Nehdaran‘s photography captures intimate moments suspended in time. He aims to turn spectators into participants, drawing them into contemporary Persian culture.  (San Francisco)
Marjam Oskoui‘s family was exiled from Iran to Hannover, Germany in 1973. Her work is highly influenced by the local DADAists of her new community. Her work explored the intersection of cultural myth and perceived reality.  (Los Angeles)
Hadi Salehi is a master of analog photography. Hadi’s images capture diverse portraits that are nostalgic, powerful and soft, leaving a haunting quality that lingers in the psyche.  (Los Angeles)
Shilla Shakoori is an accomplished painter whose diverse artistic output springs from an exploration of the synthesis between native and adopted cultures.  (Chicago)
Kambiz Sharif was born in 1978 in Tabriz, Iran and has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 2011. Since 2002 he has had solo exhibitions in Tehran, Paris, and Los Angeles. Sharif was the recipient of Diploma of Honor Awards at the 2003 and 2005 Tehran Sculpture Biennials and at the 2007 Tehran Festival of Moghavemat Art. (Vancouver)
Kamran Sharif was born in 1978 in Tabriz, Iran and has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 2011. Since 2002 he has had solo exhibitions in Tehran, Paris, and Los Angeles. Sharif was the recipient of Diploma of Honor Awards at the 2003 and 2005 Tehran Sculpture Biennials and at the 2007 Tehran Festival of Moghavemat Art.  Kamran’s works have been acquired by museums including LACMA.  (Los Angeles)
Shadi Yousefian‘s work media work reflects and addresses issues that touch on universal themes such as loss, dislocation, alienation, and reinvention.  (San Francisco)

ADVOCARTSY is a collaborative visual arts platform with the mission to bring awareness and

connection amongst artists, collectors and the fine art community, with focus on Iranian

contemporary art. ADVOCARTSY collaborates with artists, galleries, curators, and collectors to

elevate engagement and awareness.

Roshi Rahnama is the founder. Principal and director of ADVOCARTSY.

Talinn Grigor is a professor of contemporary art in the Department of Art and Art History at the

University of California, Davis. Her research concentrates on the cross-pollination of visual

culture and global politics and historiography, focused on Iran and India. She received her Ph.D.

from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. Her books include Contemporary Iranian

Art: From the Street to the Studio (Reaktion, 2014); Persian Kingship and Architecture:

Strategies of Power in Iran from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis, with S. Babaie (I.B.Tauris,

2014); and Building Iran: Modernism, Architecture, and National Heritage under the Pahlavi

Monarchs (2009).

For Information Contact Roshi@advocartsy.com

ART BRIEF II: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY NORTH AMERICA

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Presents
ART TALK
A Closing Discussion
The Art Talk aims to open a public platform for engaging the concerns addressed by the artists in the exhibition. The distinguished panel will discuss the diasporic longing for home, identity formation, and the fragmentation of the self from the practices of collecting and community, the market and the museum, and identity theory and art history.
Panelists Include
Talinn Grigor, Author and Art Historian, U.C. Davis
Anousheh Razi, Collector and Patron
Scott J Schaefer, Senior Curator of Paintings Emeritus, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Formerly Senior Vice-President, International Fine Arts, Sotheby’s Los Angeles
ART TALK
will take place on
Sunday, June 12, 2016, 3PM
at
Arena 1 Gallery
3026 Airport Ave. 
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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ART TALK

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Please join us for 
ART TALK
a conclusion to our debut exhibition
ART BRIEF: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY LOS ANGELES*
 
Panelists to include:
Homa Sarshar
Peter Frank
Tooraj Daryaee
Marjam Oskoui
Farzad Kohan
+ Moderated by Roshi Rahnama
 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

3pm – 4pm

Arena 1 Gallery
3024 Airport Ave. 
Santa Monica, CA 90404 
To RSVP, please click the link below and provide the required information. There will be a guest check in upon entrance to the event.
 If you have any questions concerning your registration please feel free to contact us at the information provided below.
 Sincerely,
 Roshi Rahnama
info@advocartsy.com
Exhibiting Artists Include:
Hessam Abrishami, Homeira Aframian, Fariba Ameri,
Bruce Dadpour, Babak Emanuel, Farzad Kohan, Marjam Oskoui, Michael Radvand,
Hadi Salehi, Shilla Shakoori, Rebecca Setareh, and Kamran Sharif
Arena 1 Gallery
3024 Airport Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Gallery Hours:
Friday, December 11, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday, December 12, 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, December 13, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

 

ART BRIEF: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY LOS ANGELES

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Exhibiting Artists Include: Hessam Abrishami, Homeira Aframian, Fariba Ameri, Bruce Dadpour, Babak Emanuel, Farzad Kohan, Marjam Oskoui, Michael Radvand, Hadi Salehi, Shilla Shakoori, Rebecca Setareh, and Kamran Sharif.

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 7:00 10:00pm

RSVP: Opening Reception

Art Talk: Sunday, December 13, 2015, at 3:00pm

RSVP: Art Talk

Arena 1 Gallery

3024 Airport Ave.

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Gallery Hours:

Friday, December 11, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday, December 12, 2:00pm – 8:00pm

Sunday, December 13, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

(SANTA MONICA, CA) November 2, 2015 — Roshi Rahnama and ADVOCARTSY are pleased to announce the debut installation of a multi-artist show entitled Art Brief: Iranian Contemporary Los Angeles. Co-curated by Roshi Rahnama and Peter Frank, the exhibition will be presented at Arena 1 Gallery (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405) in Santa Monica.

Art Brief: Iranian Contemporary Los Angeles, the first public initiative of ADVOCARTSY, showcases a select group of Iranian and Iranian-American artists currently active in southern California. Co-curated by ADVOCARTSY founder Roshi Rahnama and internationally known curator and art critic Peter Frank, Art Brief provides a concentrated opportunity to introduce local artists of Iranian heritage to the Iranian community of the region – the largest such community outside Iran itself – and equally to the art community of Los Angeles. It is designed to build community and to build bridges between communities, but also to demonstrate the breadth of expression and meaning characterizing the art of Iranian-American artists, in Los Angeles as elsewhere.

Art Brief is the first of many projects ADVOCARTSY plans to undertake, documenting not just specific cultural groups or specific locales, but specific contemporary contexts and outlooks. Different artists, different organizers, different themes, and different interpretations will characterize the diverse projects now under discussion at ADVOCARTSY. Additionally, on Sunday, December 13th, at 3pm, there will be an art talk moderated by Roshi Rahnama and Peter Frank inviting a group of panelists selected from Art Brief artists and local art innovators and supporters to elaborate on how their Iranian roots have impacted their artistic expression, why this expression is of importance to the Los Angeles community, and how the community can best engage and support this endeavor. The artists featured in this debut group show include:

Hessam Abrishami is an Iranian-born painter with over four decades of international contemporary art exhibition experience. Hessam has been praised as a storyteller and moralist as well as a colorist. His personally refined master pallet is used whether present or absent to advocate for peace or against tyranny.

Homeira Aframian, is a German-born Iranian-American artist residing in Los Angeles. In her recent works, Homeira studies the human form with a personal intrigue that is genuine and passionate. Homeira’s artistic output is blessed with a vibrant appeal that veers from the expected traditions of the genre in its depth, originality, and unique application.

Fariba Ameri, is an Iranian artist with a multi-cultural background living and working in Los Angeles. Fariba’s work is a forthright representation of her own personal longings. Utilizing a variety of textures and colors in mixed media, Fariba’s unique collage-like style explores the chaos and creation of the human experience as a path to balance and freedom.

Bruce Dadpour is an Iranian photographer currently living and working in Irvine. Bruce documents sites of exquisite architectural heritage with a fresh eye in order to explore how they are experienced and inhabited today, consciously framing the natural elements of the scene at hand to organically capture the mood of his subjects.

Babak Emanuel is an Iranian-born American artist currently living and working in Los Angeles. With over twenty years of exhibition history, Babak finds himself deeply engaged with a variety of media in his career, from large-scale painting and printmaking to photography and installation arts. He wants viewers to find their own personal narratives within his work.

Farzad Kohan, is a multimedia artist born in Tehran, Iran, and currently living and working in Los Angeles. Farzad often samples contrasting elements in his work to consciously explore themes of love, migration, identity, passage of time, and transformation. Beneath each weathered surface lies a single hidden narrative, resulting in a finished piece that is simultaneously chaotic and methodical.

Marjam Oskoui is a transmedia fine artist working and living in Los Angeles. Born in Germany and raised in Iran until her family’s exile in 1973, Marjam’s artistic work currently explores the intersection of cultural myth with the perception of the reality inhabited, communicating across media to form a basis of understanding.

Michael Radvand is a celebrated Iranian artist of diverse expression. Since his artistic debut in the 1970s, Michael has participated in over thirty exhibitions in Iran, Europe, and the United States.

Hadi Salehi is an Iranian photographer and fine artist who has been studying and creating art since 1987. In his work, Hadi sources various layers of mixed media, such as rice paper, letters, analog film, and writing, piecing together their broken narratives and creating a single, two-dimensional image collaboration to tell a story.

Rebecca Setareh, is a Southern California artist who has been featured in numerous national exhibitions. Rebecca has garnered international attention for her talents, most recently receiving praise for her unique, graceful integration of rock and bronze. Rebecca creates an aesthetically whole form from inherently contrasting materials in a creative process that represents the struggle of life itself.

Shilla Shakoori is a contemporary artist from Tehran, Iran, currently based in Los Angeles and Chicago. Shilla’s artistic output springs from an exploration of the synthesis between native and adopted cultures. Despite the inherently conflicting nature of her artistic juxtapositions, Shakoori expresses herself in a harmonious and balanced manner that is ultimately mystical.

Kamran Sharif was born in born in Tabriz, Iran, in 1978. With multiple solo exhibitions worldwide, Kamran’s work is internationally appraised. His works have been exhibited at numerous galleries, and he is a vibrant contributing member of the Los Angeles artist community.

In addition to showcasing works by ADVOCARTSY artists, in the spirit of ADVOCARTSY’s mission of collaboration, Art Brief: Iranian Contemporary Los Angeles will also showcase artists represented by the following platforms: Ayyan Gallery, Dubai; Abra Gallery, Westlake Village; Seyhoun Gallery, Los Angeles.

ADVOCARTSY is a collaborative visual arts platform which intends to interconnect and raise awareness within the community and the Fine Arts industry, with a focus on works by Iranian and Middle Eastern artists. Please visit us at advocartsy.com

ADVOCARTSY works directly with artists and clients, bringing the makers of art closer to its patrons. It also produces art events and exhibitions, cooperating with curators of diverse specialties as well as with international galleries. These shows and events are designed not simply to give artists a new and different platform, but to elevate community awareness of and engagement with visual arts.

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