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FARZAD KOHAN’s sculptures and paintings explore themes such as love, migration, and identity, and often incorporate appropriated media and found objects. Partially inspired by his personal history and surroundings, 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. These visible stages are integral parts of each finalised work. Kohan’s formalistic process is revealed, for example, as he layers then strips his abstract works through painting, collage, décollage, and sanding, creating built-up yet weathered surfaces that are at once chaotic and methodical. Allusions to the passage of time, gradual transformations, and hidden narratives are found in the tactile details of his treated panels. Alongside his sculptures and paintings, Kohan has experimented with installation, and also maintains a large body of works on paper that he expands on a daily basis. Although Kohan’s ink drawings reflect similar themes, their figures signal a representational departure for the artist, as the thin, black outline of a recurring man is delicately rendered and accentuated with Persian letters and numbers in addition to other enigmatic symbols. Born in Tehran, Iran in 1967, Farzad Kohan lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where he first trained as a sculptor in the late 1990s. Kohan has held solo exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery Dubai, DIFC (2013) and Seyhoun Gallery, Los Angeles (2006). Selected group exhibitions for the artist include Ayyam Gallery, Beirut (2015); Francis Boeske Projects, Amsterdam (2015); ABRA Gallery, Los Angeles (2011); Human Rights Awareness Tour, USA (2008); J Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles (2008); Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (2008); and Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles (2007). – Ayyam Gallery –

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013 – The Passage of Time, Ayyam Gallery, DIFC, Dubai, UAE
  • 2006 – Pending Perception, Seyhoun Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2015 – Light as Form, Ayyam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2015 – Opening Up: 9 Artists from Iran, Francis Boeske Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2011 – Create: Fixate, Los Angeles, CA (Curator: Michelle Berc)
  • 2011 – Fine Persian Masters, Abra Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2008 – Element, Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2008 – Z Design Studio, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2008 – Open Studio, BrandLibrary & ArtCenter, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2008 – Body of Art, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curators: Jazmin Ferrari and Terri Anderson)
  • 2008 – Lovers Ritual, Gallery W13, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2008 – Figure It Out, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2007 – The Human Element, Brand Library & Art Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curator: Cathy Billings and Alyssa Resnick)
  • 2007 – Reunion, Create: Fixate, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curator: Michelle Berc)
  • 2007 – Brand 36: Works On Paper – Secrets & Confessions, BrandLibrary & ArtCenter, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2007 – Open Call, Los AngelesMunicipalArtGallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2007 – Open Studio, BrandLibrary & ArtCenter, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2007 – Black And White Photography, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2007 – Migration Study, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curator: Gita Meh)
  • 2007 – Echo Chambers, Art Share, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2007 – Mixed Feelings, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2007 – Drive By, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curator: Liza Simons)
  • 2007 – Create: Fixate, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curator: Michelle Berc)
  • 2006 – Plural Expression, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curator: Eduardo Bonilla)
  • 2006 – TARFEST, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2006 – Fix/Escape, ADM Project Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curated by The Pandemonium Collective)
  • 2006 – Enigma… Healing… Revelation, Union Art Space, Santa Ana, CA, USA (Curator: Andrew Lo Russo)
  • 2006 – Element, Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2006 – Simply Red, dA Center For The Arts, Pomona Art Colony, Pomona, CA, USA
  • 2006 – All You Can Eat, Popztlan Gallery, Pomona Art Colony, Pomona, CA, USA
  • 2005 – Images Of Peace, A Shenere Velt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curator: Judith Schoenbaum)
  • 2005 – Open Call, JoséDrudis-BiadaArtGallery, Brentwood, CA, USA
  • 2005 – Religion and its Elements in Art, Evart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2004 – Open Call, Los AngelesMunicipalArtGallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2004 – Create: Fixate, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Curator: Michelle Berc)
  • 2003 – Replacing Violence with Art, Irvine Civic Center, Irvine, CA, USA
  • 2002 – Pierce Art Festival, PierceCollege, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2001 – The Iranian American Public Library, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2001 – Replacing Violence With Art, Anti Violence Campaign, Los Angeles, CA, USA

COLLECTIONS

Private Collections upon request.

  • Homa Sarshar, Brentwood, CA, USA
  • Jazmin Ferrari, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Pacific Palisades, CA, USA
  • Warner Bros. Worldwide Marketing TV, Los Angeles, CA, USA

RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS

  • 2009 – 2011 – Workshops, Children’s Creative Art: Painting and Drawing, Glendale, Los Angeles, CA, USA

PRESENTATIONS

  • 2003 – Artist Talk, Society of Iranian Visual Artist, Los Angeles, CA, USA

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2014 – Contemporary Iranian Art: From The Streets to the Studio, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Author: Dr. Talinn Grigor)
  • 2009 – Different Sames: New Perspectives In Contemporary Iranian Art, Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi, The Iran Heritage Foundation, London, UK