Shirazeh Houshiary: The eye fell in love with the ear

Lehmann Maupin, New York

Lehmann Maupin presents an exhibition by Shirazeh Houshiary, featuring a selection of new paintings that continue to demonstrate the artist’s scale of effort and process which unites line, color, and light to shape a meditative visual experience. The eye fell in love with the ear will also include Houshiary’s new animation Dust in addition to a series of anodized aluminum twisting helical sculptures.

Houshiary’s work explores the very nature of existence. Through her chosen media of painting, sculpture and video, the artist exposes the nature of human experience to time and space, marked by a multitude of binary ideas which include transparency and opacity, presence and absence, and light and shadow. By exploring these polarities, Houshiary illuminates unique moments suspended in time that reveal and ignite qualities that are often unseen. In creating her works the artist draws inspiration from both established formal principles of Western painting and the rich traditions of Islamic art, however the aesthetic outcome is a new order that is foreign to both.

Houshiary’s paintings, which she describes as “a thin skin,” unravel concepts such as perception and cognition to suggest multiple visual planes that appear to pulse and undulate. Intricate markings resembling script are repeated and overlapped across each canvas to create luminous patterns that seem to morph into vapor. The depicted gashes and hazy abstract imagery of each work hint of an infinite dimension and create a space for both imagination and contemplation. Subsequently, the artist’s intense concentration and process in realizing these works is then echoed in the contemplative gaze of the viewer.

Shirazeh Houshiary (b. 1955; Shiraz, Iran) lives and works in London. She has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2013); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012); The Dayton Art Institute, Ohio (2011); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); Tate Liverpool (2003); and Camden Arts Centre, London (1993), among others. In 2013, Houshiary’s work was included in two collateral exhibitions at the 55th Venice Biennale, including a site-specific installation at La Torre di Porta Nuova, Arsenale Nord and Glasstress 2013. The artist’s work was also recently featured in the Kiev Biennale (2012) and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). Houshiary’s work can be found in prestigious public collections including the British Council Collection, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Prato; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Tate Modern, London, among others.

The artist will be present for an opening reception on Wednesday, 30 October from 6 to 8pm.

    Shirazeh Houshiary
    Open: Wednesday, 30 October 2013
    Close: Saturday, 28 December 2013
    Address: Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, 10002 New York
    Phone: +1 212 254 0054
    Web: Lehmann Maupin
    Opening hour: Tue-Sat | 11am – 6pm
    Closing day: Mon, Sun
    Photo credits: 1. Shirazeh Houshiary, Echo, 2013 pencil, pigments and black aquacryl on canvas and aluminum two panels, each: 74.8 x 106.3 inches, 190 x 270 cm total dims: 74.8 x 212.6 inches, 190 x 540 cm Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong Photo by Dave Morgan; 2. Shirazeh Houshiary, Dust, (still frame) 2011-2013 digital animation run time: 7 minutes, 8 seconds Edition of 6 Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; 3. Shirazeh Houshiary, Eddy, 2013 anodised aluminum 48.66 x 34.84 x 34.84 inches 123.6 x 88.5 x 88.5 cm Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong Photo by Dave Morgan

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