All Experience Is An Arch At Hap Gallery


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

Hap Gallery
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

3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97202-8199