ABDOLREZA AMINLARI

NEWS:

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ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce representation of Abdolreza Aminlari.

Abdolreza Aminlari (b. 1979 Tehran, Iran) works between photographic processes and hand embroidery on paper, engaging in a conversation between the two mediums. Concerned with our perception of space, time, and light and how we interact and relate to them, his work comes from an intimate place, pointing to domesticity, ritualistic action and notions of home. The artist migrated from Iran to the United States in 1988, and he initially drew on memories of his childhood home, adorned with traditional crafts, and rituals of cooking, knitting, and needlework. Presently the work has shifted to more abstracted gestures.

His compositions reveal concerns with the possibilities of repetition and iteration that are historically fundamental to the act of sewing and geometric construction. He uses a range of threads from vintage Japanese gold wrapped silk thread to the common polyester thread to sew into archival paper. He works between two contrapuntal methodologies, one that is rigorously planned and another that is organic and improvised.

Often covering the entire surface of the paper with thread, the final outcome is a compilation of geometries that visually play with depth and perception of space. For Aminlari, the ritualistic and repetitive process of making these works is essentially one of domestic labor, and the physical passage of time becomes an essential experience for both himself and the viewer.
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UPCOMING EXHIBITION:

'remnants'
CUADRO GALLERY
Buiding #10, Gate Village, DIFC
Dubai, UAE

Opening reception January 18, 2017

Cuadro Fine Art is pleased to present remnants, a solo exhibition of thread drawings and photographs by Brooklyn-based artist Abdolreza Aminlari. The works presented are united by a sense of intimacy and domesticity both in action and space. Being central to the artist’s practice, Aminlari’s focuses on examining and documenting the quiet passage of time both in personal actions and its resulting representations.

The exhibition is comprised of three series of work that are interwoven through concept and geometric elements. Presented are Aminlari’s continuation of thread drawings, in which he uses vintage gold thread to hand stitch into paper. Through repetitive actions and gestures, Aminlari takes on a practice reminiscent of domestic and factory labor, to reflect on the passage of time in our daily rituals. The final outcome is reductive geometric parallelograms stacked one upon the other. The reflective gold thread gives the illusion of depth and three dimensionality.

For his new series of works, Aminlari expands on his gold parallelogram drawings. By omitting segments of the drawings, the work disintegrates from the previous full field works to one that is reminiscent of pattern. For Aminlari, the randomness in the design and the utilization of negative space reflects the degradative effects of time. Much like the fragmented artifacts and old textiles displayed at museums, the remnant patterns of this work hint at the fading and disintegration of the previous work.

For the photographs presented, Aminlari, use an Iphone to capture the shifting patterns of light and shadow on his windowsill. Taken at different times of day and year, the photographs document how the passage of time plays out across his own bedroom. The photographs not only reference the geometries present in his thread drawings, they also reference the transformative aspect that light has on the reflective gold of the drawings.
At first glance the images seem void of color, but upon closer examination slight hues of blues and yellows begin to emerge giving further evidence to the changing light.

Abdolreza Aminlari (b. 1979, Tehran) received his BFA from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI. He has had solo and group exhibitions at Taymour Grahne Gallery (New York), Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago), Jackie Klempay Gallery (Brooklyn), Longhouse Projects Gallery (New York), Storefront Bushwick (Brooklyn), and Derfner Judaica Museum (Bronx). He also collaborated with composer Katharina Rosenberger on “Gesang an das noch namenlose Land,” a string trio composition accompanied by Aminlari's tapestries, commissioned by Gare du Nord (Basel).

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UPCOMING EXHIBITION/ART FAIR:

Andrew Rafacz Gallery at UNTITLED 2016 in Miami Beach, Featuring works by:

Abdolreza Aminlari
Robert Burnier
Cody Hudson
Jason Lazarus
Sheida Soleimani

Preview on Artsy

UNTITLED MIAMI, 2016
12th Street and Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

VIP Private View: Tuesday, 11/29, 1-3pm
VIP and Press Preview: Tuesday, 11/29, 3-8pm
Public Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11/30-12/03, 11am-7pm
Sunday, 12/04, 11am-5pm

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Text by Nicole Will:

WILL ART ADVISORY
The Lightness of Abdi
October 20, 2016

Abdolreza Aminlari's work is delicately complicated and sophisticatedly minimal. Born in Iran in 1979, Abdi's Persian heritage informs the works on paper. Weaving gold, black and brightly colored threads geometrically into archival paper both systematically and organically. Some works remind of shapes in patterned tiling and others of vibrating nets or webs. His installations contrast the two modes.

Taking patterns as subject, he sews thread, considered for its material, color and line, into paper. Historically in art, gold has been used to depict god and the spirit, but also wealth and opulence – Abdi's gold, on the other hand, captures the element inherent in the medium – light.?

His compositions relate to the beautiful Islamic tradition using sacred geometry in the ornamentation of spiritual places. The use of gold and the non-figurative subject exemplifies the duality found in transcendent works of art: its reality and its illusion, its subject and its objecthood, the hand of the artist and the elements of nature inescapably present.

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PRESS AND PUBLICATION:

ECCO DOMUS Catalogue by Art House Productions

not what it is
A Touch of Gold by Daniel Morowitz
June 27TH, 2016

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCE:

reMusik
St. Petersburg International New Music Festival
ensemble mosaik (Germany)
Tuesday, May 24th 2016
Erarta, Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art
20:00

Katharina ROSENBERGER (*1971)
“Gesang an das noch namenlose Land”
(Russian Premiere, 2013), for violin, viola and cello

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UPCOMING EXHIBITION:

"ECCO DOMUS"
CURATED BY ENRICO GOMEZ
ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS
in cooperation with DORODO PROJECT

136 MAGNOLIA AVE
JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY

13 MAY - 26 JUNE 2016 | RECEPTION: 13 MAY, 6 - 9 PM
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DONATION:

Untitled, 2013
18K gold thread on paper
19.5 x 25.5 in

12th Annual BAM Benefit Auction on Paddle 8 March 16 through March 31, 2016
Exhibition: March 29—31 (12—6pm) at Bridget Donahue
Closing night party at Bridget Donahue on Thursday, March 31 at 7—9pm
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UPCOMING EXHIBITION:

ABDOLREZA AMINLARI | “LINEA”
TAYMOUR GRAHNE GALLERY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
10 MARCH - 7 MAY 2016 | RECEPTION: 10 MARCH, 6 - 8 PM
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DONATION:

Untitled (diptych), 2015
18K gold thread and thread on paper
11 x 7 3/16 inches each

ICI’s 40th Anniversary Benefit & Auction
ICI’s 40th Anniversary Benefit & Auction
Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 6:30pm – 11pm
Artbeam 540 West 21st Street New York
Auction on Artsy
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Untitled, 2013 in Collector Gauri Nada’s home featured on Design Sponge: Image 13/21
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UPCOMING EXHIBITION:

ABDOLREZA AMINLARI | “modulations”
ANDREW RAFACZ GALLERY
CHICAGO, IL
[OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 || 5 to 8 PM]
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PRESS:

ARTSY EDITORIAL
21 Must-See Exhibitions Closing This Week
AUGUST 19TH, 2015
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PRESS:

The Current Express
Issue 8: From the Readers
AUGUST, 2015
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PRESS:

Composition 16, 2012 in the home of collector Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy featured in
Better Homes and Gardens August 2015 Issue

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REVIEW:

Formal Relations at Taymour Grahne Gallery Reviewed in Art Asia Pacific.
BY BANSIE VASVANI
July, 2015

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PRESS:

Hyperallergic previews “Formal Relations,” Taymour Grahne Gallery’s upcoming exhibition
curated by Murtaza Vali and Kamrooz Aram.
June 30, 2015
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UPCOMING EXHIBITION:

'FORMAL RELATIONS'
Curated by Kamrooz Aram and Murtaza Vali featuring work by Abdolreza Aminlari, Doug Ashford,
Fayçal Baghriche, Eva Berendes, Ala Ebtekar, Michelle Grabner, Yamini Nayar and Zarina.

TAYMOUR GRAHNE GALLERY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
2 JULY - 19 AUGUST 2015 | RECEPTION: 2 JULY, 6 - 8 PM

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCE:

Zeitlupe 2015 | Neue Musik und Text
Katharina Rosenberger: “Gesang an das noch namenlose Land”

https://soundcloud.com/chrrroseberger/gesang-an-das-noch-namenlose

Sonntag, 7. Juni, 17:00 Uhr
Christuskirche Hannover
Eintritt 9/5 €

http://www.hgnm.de/2015/05/26/zeitlupe-2015-neue-musik-und-text/

“Gesang an das noch namenlose Land”

Zeitlupe ist ein besonderes Konzertformat, das sich die Vermittlung Neuer Musik zum Ziel gesetzt hat. Bei jeder Zeitlupe steht ein Komponist im Mittelpunkt und wird zu dem Werk eines anderen Künstlers in Beziehung gesetzt. In diesem Fall handelt es sich um die in Los Angeles lebende Komponistin Katharina Rosenberger und den in New York lebenden Künstler Abdolreza Aminlari. Dieser Dialog wird von einem Vortrag von Margit Kern und einem Künstlergespräch in Anwesenheit der Komponistin begleitet. Zur Vertiefung des Hörerlebnisses wird das im Mittelpunkt stehende Werk zum Abschluss nochmals zur Aufführung gebracht.

Vorgestellt und von Mitgliedern des renommierten Helian Quartett interpretiert wird die 2013 entstandene Komposition “Gesang an das namenlose Land”, die Rosenberger in Zusammenarbeit mit Aminari entwickelt hat. Beide Werke sind beeinflusst von dem 1503 veröffentlichten „Mundus Novus“, einem Brief, in dem Amerigo Vespucci dem Lorenzo de Medici die unbekannten Küsten der Neuen Welt beschrieb und diese mit ersten Kartenzeichnungen verband. Dieser Brief, ihr musikalisches Werk und das Triptichon der Wandteppiche Aminlaris interpretieren die Wichtigkeit von Vespuccis Reisen und Entdeckungen der ihm fremden Kulturen.

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Katharina Rosenberger (* in Zürich, lebt in Los Angeles) studierte Komposition an der Columbia University in New York. Viele Werke Rosenbergers sind in einem interdisziplinären Kontext zu sehen. Ihre Kompositionen, Installationen und interdisziplinären Opern wurden auf Festivals in Amerika, Europa und Asien aufgeführt. Ihre Portrait-CD Texturen erschienen bei HatHut records wurde vom Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik und mit dem Copland Recording Grant ausgezeichnet. Sie ist Professorin für Komposition im Department of music der University of California, San Diego.

Abdolreza Aminlari (* in Teheran, lebt in Brooklyn, New York) studierte am College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Seine Arbeiten wurden im Derfner Judaica Museum, New York ebenso wie Im KVKM Kunstverein, Köln gezeigt. Für sein Werk ist das Arbeiten mit Faden, Webetechniken und Stoffen von zentraler Bedeutung.

Jutta Rübenacker (Violine), Peter Meier (Viola) und Carsten Jaspert (Cello) sind Mitglieder des Helian Quartett, das 2005 von Mitgliedern der NDR Radiophilharmonie, des Niedersächsischen Staatsorchesters Hannover und der Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover gegründet wurde. Namengebend ist eine Gestalt aus dem lyrischen Werk Georg Trakts.
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UPCOMING EXHIBITION:

MOP CAP 2015 Shortlist Exhibition
16 - 20 March 2015
Private View Monday 16 March 6:30-9:30pm
Inaugurated by HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan
Private Residence
Dubai, UAE