Fathollahi & Sharif-pour: “Hearing a Mirror”

hearingamirror
Exhibition Information
Location: Artspace Gallery on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus
Dates: Friday, February 10 – Saturday, March 25, 2017
Gallery Talk & Artist Reception: Friday, February 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artist Statement
What do we experience when we experience others or ourselves? How much of it is reality and how much of it is a story we tell ourselves? What is the nature of conversation between the observer and the observed? “Hearing a Mirror” questions our ability to “know” through use of uncanny imagery, reflections, reproductions and artifacts.

Biography
Nanda Sharif-pour
Tehran-Iran, Las Vegas-United States

Sharif-pour holds a B.A. in Visual communication/Graphic Design and M.F.A. in Illustration/Fine Arts from Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran/Iran. Since 1999 she has participated in over 40 group and solo exhibitions in United States, Turkey and Iran. Currently she is back to Graduate school to continue her education in UNLV Master of Fine Arts program.

Much of her previous works involved traditional mediums exploring both psychological states and sociological roles. This was accomplished thru her figurative portrayal of women in sparse, mute and to some extent artificial spaces. Being inspired by both old masters and contemporary artists, Sharif-pour connects her paintings to the surrounding space through juxtaposing imagery and actual objects. This creates a new concept which wouldn’t exist without a re-defined relationship between two (or more) normal imageries or objects forming an uncanny or unfamiliar situation in juxtaposition.
More recently, she is expanding her themes across different mediums, such as installation and sculpture.

Ali Fathollahi
Tehran-Iran, Las Vegas-United States

Fathollahi holds a B.A. in Visual communication/Graphic Design and M.F.A. in Illustration/Fine Arts from Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran/Iran. He has participated in 45 group and solo exhibitions in United States, Turkey and Iran during 18 years of his career. He has joined the UNLV Masters of Fine Arts program since Fall 2016.

In his collage, assemblage and sculptures, images and objects become new characters and are embedded in a new space through adding layers of drawing and re-painting. Besides mentioned mediums, Fathollahi has explored connection between human figure and the surrounding space through various other mediums, such as installation and performance.

In the past Four years, 3-dimenssional works have been the dominant focus of Fathollahi’s works. In his most recent projects, video, light, motion, reflection, shadow, noise and smell are added factors that challenge the viewers’ perception about psychological, sociological, cultural and political matters.

Artwork List
Title: “The last person who goes to sleep”
Dimensions: Variable
Media: Mixed Media
Date: January 2017
Note: This work available as installation or painting

Title: “Hearing a Mirror” installation with “Afterimage” & “Shadow”
Dimensions: Variable
Media: Mixed Media
Date: January 2017
Note: It is OK to pull the drawers to look at inside! The “Hearing a Mirror” set (not including “Shadow”, the dress) is available as a whole, or 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional pieces separately.

Title: “Afterimage”
Dimensions: 48” X 48”
Media: Oil on Canvas
Date: December 2016

Title: “Shadow” (the dress)
Dimensions: Variable
Media: Ready-made Textile and Fabric
Date: Unknown

Title: “Parallel”
Dimensions: Variable
Media: Mixed Media
Date: January 2017
Note: Available as a set, or only the mirror.

Links
https://www.instagram.com/nandasharifpour/
https://www.instagram.com/ali_fathollahiali/

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