The Conference of the Birds

 

A Solo Exhibition by Mohammad Barrangi

Opening Saturday, November 14th, 2020.

The exhibition will run through January 9th, 2021.

View the exhibition catalogue here.

Email info@advocartsy.com for availability and questions.

Opening Weekend:

Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th, 2020 | 12 – 5 pm

 

Scroll down to our calendar or email info@advocartsy.com to schedule your viewing appointment.

 

The SPACE by ADVOCARTSY

924 S. San Pedro St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

Free and Open to the Public 

Parking Available on Premise 

Appointment Required 

ADVOCARTSY is pleased to present The Conference of the Birds, an exhibition of modern printmaking techniques on handmade paper by Iranian U.K. based artist Mohammad Barrangi. The exhibition explores the epic Iranian mythical poem, Manṭiq-uṭ-Ṭayr, or Conference of the Birds, by Attar of Nishapur. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with ADVOCARTSY and in the United States. 

Barrangi’s successful merger of contemporary and ancient attributes transport the viewer to a timeless state, combining elements of the past, present, and future seamlessly in his masterful yet whimsical compositions. 

This exhibition is timed in conjunction with the publication of ‘Simorgh’, a book illustrated by Mohammad Barrangi and published in Iran by Madreseh Publication.  The exhibition includes many works as included in this book.  

Artist Bio:

Mohammad Barrangi is an illustrator and printmaker. Originally from Iran, he currently lives and works in London.

Barrangi’s artworks combine elements of Persian calligraphy, storytelling and touches of humour. Using a unique creative process with handmade traditional calligraphy pens and a blend of mark making styles, Barrangi creates small pieces that are often expanded into large scale murals. This transformation is achieved through an exploration of laser photocopying, collagraph, and collage. Fusing these elements in one process, the artist creates works that encompass a range of disparate visual motifs, each holding separate connotations of specific eras or cultures, but creating a unique cross-cultural style in combination. This otherworldly body of work is often inspired by ancient Persian scholars as well as the Persian Epic ‘The Conference of the Birds’ by Attar of Nishapur.

Barrangi regularly exhibits in the UK and internationally, and his work has been featured in multiple publications, festivals, and prizes. These include Muestra del IV Premi International, Tragaluz; Pressing Matters; Shape Open 2018: Collective Influence; Illustrate 2018, Portugal; Art TSUM, Kiev; Ratata Festival, Macerata; The 6th International Tokyo Mini-Print Triennial; Bologna Illustrators Exhibition 2018; Story Museum, Oxford; and Hafez Gallery in Saudi Arabia 2019. As of  June 2019, two of Barrangi’s works have been acquired by the British Museum for their permanent collection.

Artist Statement:

The legend of The Conference of the Birds takes the form of an allegorical epic poem where a flock of birds are led by the wisest amongst them to journey through the seven valleys to seek Simorgh, the legendary figure they hope will serve as their sovereign. In the story, each bird represents a human fault which prevents man from reaching enlightenment. The journey is a treacherous one, claiming the lives of many along the way. Despite this, thirty birds make it to the abode of Simorgh, only to realize that they themselves are collectively the Simorgh. In Persian, Simorgh means “thirty” (si) “birds” (morgh). Through this adventure, they eventually come to understand that the majesty of enlightenment is like that of the sun, it can only be observed when reflected in the mirror, meaning that anyone who seeks it will also behold his or her own image.

The story of The Conference of the Birds is a universal one, it is a tale that any individual can find themself in, but one that especially resonates with artist Mohammad Barrangi. Having left his homeland of Iran nearly 3 years ago, Barrangi feels a deep connection to the concept of migration, “something that birds and sometimes humans must do in order to survive.” Through his work, Barrangi reimagines traditional Persian folklore, imbuing each work with a modern energy that expands beyond mythology, echoing across various cultures and generations.

Check out The Conference of the Birds on Mutual Art here.

ADVOCARTSY’s regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm by appointment.

We are happy to accommodate appointments outside of business hours when scheduled with the ADVOCARTSY team in advance. We are open for special gallery hours on Sunday, November 15th in honor of the opening of Mohammad Barrangi’s solo exhibition, The Conference of the Birds. We are not open regularly on other Sundays, so please refrain from scheduling appointments on Sundays other than November 15th, 2020.

Email info@advocartsy.com with any questions or to request a more convenient appointment time for you and your party. Thank you!

 

** Holiday Hours **

ADVOCARTSY is Closed Thanksgiving Day 11/26

ADVOCARTSY is Closed Christmas Eve and Day 12/24 – 12/25

ADVOCARTSY is Closed New Years Eve and Day 12/31 – 1/1

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