Gallery Hopping on Thursdays: January 16, 2014
This week's exhibitions both explore the significance of imagery.
Imagery surrounds us in every aspect of the human experience. Whether it is the flash of a fleeting memory or plastered in front of us, a visual image is one of the most powerful of expressions. This week’s featured exhibitions both explore the significance and impact of imagery and popular culture on our lives. Andisheh Avinifocuses on his experience of imagery from a political and historical point of view that is drawn from his Iranian heritage. #paulwong2014 is also a personal examination of identity, but takes the form of an installation, a visual journey through our ever-evolving, hyper-mediated world.
For his first solo exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery, Andisheh Avini (American, b.1974) has included both new and old aspects of his oeuvre. One of the newest projects to see is a series of large-scale silkscreen paintings which appropriate the traditional image of the Ayatollah Khomeini. The artist hopes to bridge the gap between how we experience imagery and the effect of popular culture as we attempt to remember history. Avini has chosen to only include the powerful leader’s eyes from this familiar image, which has a profoundly intimidating effect; add to that their massive size on the walls of the gallery, and these paintings are not to be missed.
This is not the only series displayed in the exhibition. The main gallery presents Avini’s new marquetry paintings, which combine a piece of rigid, quotidian Iranian culture (with its use of handmade Iranian panels) and the unbound fluidity of painting. Avini employs another type of support, carpets, in a different series of works that further push art historical boundaries of the medium and the divide between what is considered art, craft, and design.
Described as a “visual odyssey,” the newest exhibition by Paul Wong (Canadian, b.1954) includes photography, video, and neon work, affirming our obsession with and addiction to social media, and how it has now become a completely integrated component of contemporary life. Be sure to see Looking, Looping, and Listening, an installation of 40 video screens that cover an entire wall of Winsor’s West Gallery. The screens play over 300 different loops of a combination of animated GIFs and video clips that provide a glimpse into the artist’s personal, mediated life.
Browse openings by city to see where art can be found in your town!
Carlo Ferrari. Vittorio Gui: Les Fleurs. Luxe, calme et volupté at Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art
January 16–February 13, 2014
Via dell’Orso 12, Milan Italy
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