ADVOCARTSY Presents ‘The World is My Home’

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“Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known.”
-Oscar Wilde
                   Shahram Karimi, who recently curated In Between I and II at MANA Contemporary writes, Over the past decade we have witnessed serious attention towards Iranian art and artists. Through numerous international exhibitions Iranian art has established a strong and clear position in the art world. Therefore, we must begin to ask ourselves what distinctive characteristics modern Iranian art presents in relation to Iran’s abundant cultural heritage and what are the contributions of artist who live outside of Iran? The answer to this question will lead us towards a deeper understanding of the new Iranian cultural identity. We must strive to avoid familiar clichés and locate a more profound understanding of these new aspects and visions of Iranian art.
                    National artistic identity, arguably even socio-cultural identity, is a product of the sum of individual artistic creativity. Artists combine their history with contemporary influences of their particular present day social contexts. The common indicators of traditional culture no longer represent the identity of modern artists.
                  While this group of work is varied in form and content, it is the ideas of authenticity and unique gesture that unite them. Each artwork has an exceptional sense of spontaneity, freedom and resolve that suggests the character of the maker.
(b. 1961 in Iran, lives and works in London, UK) combines collage, photography, painting and text that deals with her nomadic lifestyle where the East merges with the West to create something that is at once familiar while simultaneously foreign. Afsoon has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Afsoon is also part of several permanent collections include Los Angeles County Museum, The British Museum and the Berger/YSL Collection. She is included in LACMA’s upcoming exhibition, In The Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art, opening May 6, 2018.
Roya Farassat   
(b. 1964 in Tehran, Iran, lives and works in New York, NY) work is largely influenced by culture and tradition while embracing a distorted sense of reality. The themes of female Identity, isolation, violence and oppression animate her sculptures and paintings. Farassat has had solo exhibitions at Shirin Gallery, New York, NY, 2015 and Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY, 2011. She has been apart of several group exhibitions including, Albin Polasek Museum, Winter Park, Florida, 2018; Station Independent Projects, New York, NY, 2017 and Gallery Kayafas, Boston, Massachusetts, 2017. She has also been interviewed and published by the New York Times, Boston Globe and Hyperallergic among others.
Shahram Karimi
(b. 1957 in Shiraz, Iran, lives and works between Germany and New York, NY) paintings portray the dilemma in the contemporary bicultural Iranian who seeks their historical and personal identity through wedding their personal past with contemporary form. He has exhibited worldwide including Iran, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY, 2016; Syra Gallery, Washington D.C., 2015 and Brigitte Schenk Gallery, Cologne, Germany, 2015.
Dana Nehdaran
(b. 1982, Chaharbagh, Iran, lives and works in New York, NY) received his BA in painting from Soureh Art University in Shiraz in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include Rira Gallery, Dubai, UAE, 2013 and Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2011. Nehdaran was apart of ADVOCARTSY’s Art Brief II: Iranian Contemporary North America, Los Angeles, 2016. Dana has been a member of the Iranian Painter Association since 2007. Nehdaran utilizes classical painting techniques to focus on the tension between past and present.
May 20 – June 10, 2018
Tuesday-Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm
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ADVOCARTSY Presents Sepideh Salehi Reveal

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THE SPACE by ADVOCARTSY is pleased to present Reveal, a solo exhibition of works by Sepideh Salehi. This is Salehi’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Sepideh Salehi’s practice utilizes painting, photography, drawing and animation to explore ideas of displacement, memory and violence revolving around the poetics of ‘the veil’.  Through Salehi’s use and abstraction of Iranian iconography and language she challenges and ruminates on her experience as a women and immigrant from Iran. She states, “I have used the traditional Muslim prayer stone as a starting point. I borrow the etched images on the prayer stones to create patterns through rubbing and printing. The repeated images of the stones create a rhythm leading me in the end, to an imagery revealing layers upon layers. They form a pattern, or echo words that become evident through this deliberate meditative work process.” Her use of negative space and repetition create delicately intense patterns and compositions that veil and unveil the origin of subject, at times giving protection and obscurity but simultaneously exposing and unearthing the vulnerability in memories. Salehi’s body of work and specifically her use of ‘the veil’ is a protest that is currently shared with women worldwide but especially in a time when women in Iran are contesting the compulsory hijab rule imposed upon them,” says ADVOCARTSY director Roshi Rahnama.

Salehi’s use of layering, both physically and conceptually, are used as a device to conceal emotions mediated through decisive yet sporadic and hypnotizing mark making. She often uses words and writing as a form of drawing. She says, “These drawings emerge from a union between the immediacy of line and the direct and literal communicative properties of writing.” Salehi uses her experience as an immigrant as a direct material in her practice manifesting through her hand but also sees her work moving beyond the confines of her culture. ­Her seemingly meditative and minimal practice complicates itself with the intricacy of the unanswered in a world filled with over sharing and influx of information.

Sepideh Salehi was born in Tehran, Iran, and lives and works between NYC and Washington DC. She received her MFA from Academia di Belle Arti of Florence, Italy in visual and multimedia art. Recent solo exhibitions include Strappa, Rogue Space, New York, NY (2016) and Traces: Drawing in Motion, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Art Brief III: The (Un)Draped Woman, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2017), Peace on Paper, Iran Contemporary Art Biennale at Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran (2016), Archimedes Bathtub, Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY (2015), and Are We Already Gone?, Flicker Lab, New York, NY (2014).

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