In All Experience Is an Arch, Fallah continues an exploration of portraiture using material sourced from an estate sale—trophies, diaries, photos, clothes, and various trinkets—amassed by members of a family over decades. Fallah’s paintings are not likenesses (faces are covered) but, rather, carefully researched and imagined representations of individuals and their personal narratives based on the objects they saved and as reconstructed by the artist.
All Experience Is an Arch combines Fallah’s portraits and selected objects in the gallery space. The gallery walls are painted a version of the grey and dark charcoal polka dot fabric found throughout the family home. On several small shelves yellow enamel-dipped objects display as artifacts. As these details come together, the individual family members blur, shared history replaces personal narratives, and a more complex story emerges.
All Experience is an Arch
April 7- April 30, 2016
Opening Reception April 7, 6-8 pm
Public Lecture Friday, April 8, 2016
4:30pm At The Studio Art Classroom at Reed College
A big thank you to Matteo Lonardi and The Guardian for featuring me in Universally Iranian: Artists Without Borders – In Pictures. All the artists featured in the article will also be part of Reframe Iran, a multi-platform documentary about contemporary Iranian art, artists, and the art market. Read the full article in the Guardian here.
I’ll be showing a few paintings at Bunsen Goetz Galerie in Nuremberg Germany in Golden State- California Contemporary, a group show of California based artists curated by Jeff Soto.
Golden State – California Contemporary
Bunsen Goetz Galerie
12.4.2015 – 1.16.2016
Opening reception 12.4.15 7pm
Bunsen Goetz Galerie – White Cube
90419 Nuremberg, Germany
Works by: Clayton Brothers (Christian und Rob Clayton), Seonna Hong, Soey Milk, Robert Sato, Andrew Hem, Amir H. Fallah, Camille Garcia, Dave Kinsey , Georganne Deen, Tristan Eaton and Jeff Soto
Recent interview with Danna Lorch for Artslant Worldwide. Read it here.
curated by Anuradha Vikram
July 29, 2015 – August 28, 2015
Shulamit Nazarian | Los Angeles
17 North venice Bld Venice, California, 90291
Uncommon Terrain explores place from an abstract perspective. Each of the works included is anchored in a physical material or in a collective history that is transcended by personal perception, intuition, and embodied experience. The page, the canvas, or the gallery itself stands in for the landscape of the mind. The works are the tangible manifestations of a journey of discovery to understanding the self through contact with the other. Using painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, these five artists reveal something about themselves as well as the viewing audience-the places we have been, the people we have met, and the terrain we have traversed both physically and mentally.
Uncommon Terrain features works by Sherin Guirguis, Sanaz Mazinani, Amir H. Fallah, Elham Rokni and Galia Linn.
Amir H. Fallah
May 28th – September 27th, 2015
Opening Reception & Artist Lecture May 28th, 6-8pm
Nerman Museum Of Contemporary Art
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, Kansas 66210
Amir H. Fallah’s installation, “The Caretaker,” is a continuation of his unique brand of portraiture. The artist creates a three-dimensional picture of his subject, JCCC journalism professor Mark Raduziner, through paintings and constructions inspired by Raduziner’s possessions, including his collection of more than 300 cactus plants, which has gained him a measure of local renown.
“An overarching theme of most of my work is: ‘How do you create an alternative portrait?’” Fallah said in a recent interview. “Instead of describing what someone looks like superficially, how do we approach portraiture in a new way?”
The central element of his installation is a 12-foot-high sculpture inspired by Raduziner’s collection of lava lamps, fronted with Plexiglas and mounted on a circular platform. Grow lights illumine the interior, which is lined with marbleized paper and houses a life-sized painted portrait of Raduziner, his head, face and entire upper body entirely hidden beneath wildly patterned Coogi sweaters.
Raduziner inherited the sweaters from his father; the needlepoint he holds belonged to his mother. Displayed with the painting, assorted specimens from Raduziner’s cactus collection complete this diorama of his life. Fallah extends his unconventional portrayal of Raduziner on the gallery walls, where he is displaying a massive wall hanging created from Coogi sweaters, large tondo paintings of flowers and additional cactus plants on specially-made shelves.