SHADI YOUSEFIAN’s Solo Exhibition Closing Reception

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Please join us on Sunday, October, 22, 2017 from 4-7 PM for

SHADI YOUSEFIAN’s Solo Exhibition Closing reception

at 924 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA, 90015

At 5pm Leah Mirahkor will lead a gallery walk through entitled Aesthetics of Longing.

Leah Mirakhor teaches at Yale University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mirakhor’s works on 20th and 21st century American and diasporic literature and culture has been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Studies in American Jewish Literature and African American Review. 

ADVOCARTSY Presents Shadi Yousefian: A Solo Exhibition

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Please Join us for  

Shadi Yousefian’s Solo Exhibition 

 

from 4-7 pm on October 8, 2017

at THE SPACE by ADVOCARTSY in DOWNTOWN LA

 at 924 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA, 90015

parking and refreshments available on premise

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Joining Downtown Los Angeles’ burgeoning art scene is the new contemporary art and project venue, THE SPACE by ADVOCARTSY.

The new art space is a permanent extension of ADVOCARTSY’s Art Brief exhibition series launched in 2015, a contemporary fine arts platform that aims to raise awareness of and engagement with Iranian contemporary art. ADVOCARTSY will use THE SPACE to host diverse fine art events, educational programs and exhibitions, with a wide range of collaborations, both nationally and internationally as a nexus for artists, critics, curators, and collectors.

The 1,800-square-foot-space is ideally situated in the heart of Downtown LA’s Fashion District, minutes from the rapidly expanding arts district and LA’s newest museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

The venue was born out of necessity. “I needed a physical location to sustain the energy from the Art Brief series and to continue the engagement between Iranian contemporary art and the art community,” says ADVOCARTSY founder, Roshi Rahnama.

THE SPACE’s inaugural exhibition features the work of artist Shadi Yousefian. “I chose Shadi for the opening exhibition because of her expansive body of work directly dealing with cultural identity and the immigrant experience,” says Rahnama. “Her intimate combination of personal experience with social and political issues results in a skillfully confrontational energy while utilizing minimalism, photography, and collage as a way to mediate that encounter.”

Born in Tehran, Yousefian moved to the U.S. as a teenager. “My work has always been informed by a duality that I’ve experienced as an immigrant living in the United States,” says Yousefian. “I feel like I’m being pushed into the realm of ‘the Other’ despite the fact that I’m a citizen and I feel like my work becomes more universal and less personal, speaking for several communities and not just Iranian-Americans.”

The exhibition spans 15 years, going from her early photographic work to mixed media constructions, and includes new work being exhibited for the first time. In the show will be Yousefian’s Universal Identity Series (2006)She photographed nude portraits of a diverse array of people, cut and distorted the negatives and reassembled them, printing the composite portraits lifesize on canvas. The result is an examination of the fluidity of identity—and how it is colored by the viewer’s perspective and assumptions.

In her series Letters (2006–2017) Yousefian uses decades-old letters from friends and family in Iran. Handwritten in a pre-Internet world, the letters have been transformed from a personal archive under the artist’s bed to a distillation of feelings and specific times. By cutting the letters up and mounting them on wood, she at once destroys and preserves the documents, and gives viewers an intimate look into the immigrant experience.

What emerges is a perpetually fragmented identity of the outsider, conjured through the depiction of nostalgic tales of loss, sadness, and redemption.

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General information:

Exhibition dates: Oct. 8–22, 2017

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 924 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

Parking: Available on premise

Future events at THE SPACE include a solo exhibition of Sepideh Salehi’s photography, abstract works and video in December and a solo exhibition of Pouya Afshar’s installations and moving imagery in January.

 

About ADVOCARTSY:

ADVOCARTSY is a collaborative fine arts platform that addresses and engages with Iranian

Contemporary Arts both nationally and internationally. Roshi Rahnama is the founder, principal and

director of ADVOCARTSYTHE SPACE by ADVOCARTSY produces diverse art events, projects

and exhibitions with artists, curators and galleries to further awareness and community engagement.

Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/advocartsy/

Instagram: @Advocartsy

for additional information please contact info@advocartsy.com

for press inquires please contact roxie@roxiepr.com

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Collecting Modern and Contemporary Middle East Art

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On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, a panel discussion on Collecting Modern and Contemporary Middle East Art took place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA.

Panelists included:

Linda Komaroff
Curator and Dept. Head, Art of the Middle East, LACMA

Houman M. Sarshar, Ph.D.
Founder, the Kimia Foundation & Los Angeles-based collector, Iranian art

Roxane Zand
Deputy Chairman, Middle East and Gulf Region, Sotheby’s

Rebecca Morse
Associate Curator, Wallace Annenberg Photography Dept., LACMA

 


Collecting Modern and Contemporary Middle East Art” was organized through the efforts of Art of the Middle East: Contemporary, LACMA, ADVOCARTSY, and Sotheby’s.

Thank you to our exceptional panelists who by their time, effort, presence and expertise made this panel discussion possible. We also thank our dear friends, who with their interest in this program, and attendance supported our efforts.

We are thrilled to share with you a recorded session of the panel and images below.

Listen below

 


Image Gallery

ART BRIEF III PRESENTS: ART TALK/ CLOSING RECEPTION

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ADVOCARTSY presents its third installation of a multi-artist show entitled

ART BRIEF III PRESENTS:

ART TALK/ CLOSING RECEPTION


Closing Reception: ART TALK

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, February 18, 2017

3PM – 5PM

TO RSVP: CLICK HERE

Panelists Include:

Dr. Homa Mahmoudi, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and

Sandra Williams, Assistant Curator of Art of the Middle East Department at LACMA Moderated by Roshi Rahnama, Founder & Principal of ADVOCARTSY

Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica

 for more information:

info@advocartsy.com


ART BRIEF III – THE (UN)DRAPED WOMAN

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ADVOCARTSY presents its third installation of a multi-artist show entitled

ART BRIEF III: THE (UN)DRAPED WOMAN


OPENING RECEPTION:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

7pm – 10pm

TO RSVP CLICK HERE


Exhibiting Artists Include: Afsoon, Gohar Dashti, Amir H. Fallah, Firouz Farman-Farmaian, Shadi Ghadirian, Simin Keramati, Farzad Kohan, Tahmineh Monzavi, Dana Nehdaran, Hadi Salehi, Sepideh Salehi, Shilla Shakoori, Kamran Taherimoghaddam, and Shadi Yousefian.

Curatorial Context by Sandra Williams, Assistant Curator in the Art of the Middle East Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Socio-cultural Context by Dr. Homa Mahmoudi, PhD. Clinical Psychologist


Closing Reception: ART TALK

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, February 18, 2017

3PM – 5PM

Panelists Include:

Dr. Homa Mahmoudi, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

and

Sandra Williams, Assistant Curator of Art of the Middle East Department at LACMA

Moderated by Roshi Rahnama, Founder & Principal of ADVOCARTSY

Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica


Exhibition Hours:

Friday, February 10th – Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Daily from 11am to 5pm

For private or group tours by appointment:

contact us at info@advocartsy.com

A GLIMPSE INTO OUR OPEN HOUSE

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On Sunday, October 16th, ADVOCARTSY launched its newest endeavor, THE SPACE, with a VIP Open House reception for community members and ADVOCARTSY supporters who gathered with featured artists for an up-close and personal viewing of showcased artworks.

THE SPACE is an art and project space which intends to expand the promotional efforts of ADVOCARTSY’s ART BRIEF series, offering exclusive viewings to galleries, curators, industry insiders and collectors, and will host various projects furthering ADVOCARTSY’s mission. Viewing are scheduled by appointment.

THE SPACE will feature works by a wide range of contemporary artists of Iranian origin, based worldwide, includuing artists showcased in ADVOCARTSY’s ART BRIEF series. The ADVOCARTSY artist collective features sculptural works, paintings and photographs. Showcased artists include: Samira Abbassy, Bruce Dadpour, Ala Ebtekar, Aida Izadpanah, Simin Keramati, Farzad Kohan, Dana Nehdaran, Dariush Nehdaran, Marjam Oskoui, Hadi Salehi, Rebecca Setareh, Shilla Shakoori, Kambiz Sharif, Kamran Sharif, and Shadi Yousefian.

Here is a short clip of our VIP Reception for your viewing pleasure:

ART BRIEF II Presents: ART TALK/ CLOSING RECEPTION

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ART BRIEF II: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY NORTH AMERICA
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
Click Here to RSVP.

ART BRIEF II- Iranian Contemporary North America

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ART BRIEF II: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY NORTH AMERICA

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

To RSVP to Opening Reception CLICK HERE

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

To RSVP to Art Talk/Closing Reception CLICK HERE

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