Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by Andisheh Avini. This solo
exhibition will be the artist’s first since joining the gallery in 2012. It will run from January 16 through
February 15, 2014 at 509 West 24th Street.
Andisheh Avini uses the subjective experience of his Iranian heritage as a platform from which to explore
more collective notions of memory and the significance of imagery. For his first solo exhibition at
Marianne Boesky Gallery, Avini will present a new series of large-scale silkscreen paintings depicting the
intense gaze of Khomeini. Here, Avini has reduced the appropriated image of the revolutionary figure to
his eyes, and in doing so, uproots the image’s cultural specificity. Mysterious, menacing, and lofty, the
series alludes to a child’s impressions of the world around him - gained both through empirical interaction
and the mediation of popular culture. In turn, these images inspire the adult recollection of those early
In the main gallery, Avini will present new marquetry paintings, works in which the artist continues his
interest in appropriation and aesthetic intervention. Handmade in Iran, the panels that Avini uses as the
support for these works are made to order, and their geometric designs are a highly recognizable and
quotidian feature of Iranian culture. By painting over them, Avini uses the tight patterning and rigid, ageold
tradition of these panels as a way to explore the liberated, gestural potential of painting. This visual
interaction further suggests the artist’s own relationship to his cultural heritage and personal history,
linked as it is to an historical moment whose regulated visual proscriptions are antithetical to the
aesthetic possibilities within his life in New York. Sourcing bits and pieces of simple images - the curve of
a lock of hair, for instance - Avini reduces them to their essential forms until their origin is diluted and the
fluidity of paint is emphasized. In these palimpsestic hybrids, Avini’s overwriting obstructs and
complicates the language of the traditional designs, both in a visual and conceptual sense.
Avini will also use another “readymade” material as a support for his painted compositions: carpets.
Here, Avini mines both the banality and textured warmth of the non-art support material to further disrupt
traditional notions of the painterly practice. Additionally, the exhibition will present paintings that feature a
new motif in Avini’s work: the lush and coveted patterning of the peacock feather, a classic example of
naturally occurring symmetry and formal beauty. In this way, Avini’s cultural and aesthetic investigation
enters into the larger art historical discussion regarding the tension between craft, design, and “high art,”
as well as participating in the critical reassessment of images that has occupied Western artists since
Andisheh Avini was born in 1974 in New York. Educated at Hunter College in New York, he has shown
consistently in solo and group exhibitions since 2002, including locations in New York, Berlin, Los
Angeles, Basel, Madrid and Paris. He currently lives and works in New York.
For further information regarding Andisheh Avini, please contact Adrian Turner at 212.680.9889 or
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