“Fluidity—not stagnation—drives my work. As a contemporary artist whose life has been varied by circumstance and change, I refuse to be constrained by specific style or genre. I feel a responsibility as an artist to reflect the inconsistent reality we live in.” – Hossein Khosrojerdi
Los Angeles Art Spotlight: Acclaimed Iranian expatriate Hossein Khosrojerdi will show his work on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at the Tara Gallery in Santa Monica,with a reception from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Currently living in self-exile in London, “Redefining Home” will be Khosrojerdi’s first solo exhibition in the United States.
This unique picturesque collection spanning from 2004-2014 will include his digital media and paintings that mark – albeit not all – pivotal periods of his life, which would drive him and his four children out of his beloved Iran to seek political asylum in England.
The viewer will experience Khosrojerdi’s post religious transformation after the Iranian Revolution, when corruption, doubt and fear prompted an elaborate series of digital media with mummies as the center focus.
Despite western grim associations with mummies, in Khosrojerdi’s case they represent a sort of self-preservation. Veiled all over, the mummies are non-gender, non-religious, and non-race specific making objective representations of all people depicting no particular time, place or identity.
Khosrojerdi’s series on buildings at the cusp of transformation juxtapose the lack of security and foundation with the yearning for shelter, a place to call home. While the scaffolding maintains that the building is in shambles, it also denotes a promise of a reconstruction, a new beginning. The beauty of what’s to come overrides the morose mood and tension of the colors captured.
Known for his versatility with the brush, his most recent work is a collection of abstracts. Meticulously textured and composed, the negative spaces in between reveal human interactions such as courtship and courtesies.
Khosrojerdi’s journey is one of personal tragedy and remorse in the face of political turmoil. Yet there’s the looming silver lining in all his pieces, which are meant to uplift once one can see past the destruction.
Iranian born, Hossein Khosrojerdi is a prominent Iranian artist whose career spans from the early seventies through present. His work has been influenced by major historical events in Iran including the Islamic revolution. Among many other solo and group exhibitions worldwide, his digital painting, Gaze, won the Grand prize of International Sharjeh Biennial in 2001.
He represented Iran in 2003 Venice Biennial, when Iran participated for the first time after the revolution. Born in Tehran, Hossein Khosrojerdi received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tehran University School of Fine Arts.
Tara Gallery is an unassuming space teeming with influential work of outspoken artists who have been kept in political or social obscurity. Tara Gallery is sponsored by the American Foundation for Contemporary Iranian Art (AFCIA), dedicated to promoting and supporting contemporary Iranian art and culture. Ms. Homa Taraji is the owner and director of Tara gallery, a curator of contemporary Iranian art in the United States since 2002 organizing exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and Boston. She represents a broad range of artists in Iran whose work she represents in the U.S. Taraji is also the co-founder and president of AFCIA (www.afcia.org).
Tara Gallery: 1202 Montana Avenue, Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90403; 310.489.2417; Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sundays and Mondays by appointment. Exhibition continues through October 8. Visit www.taragallery.org for more information. All pieces are available for purchase and proceeds will benefit AFCIA, a 501(c) (3) organization. A portion of all purchases are tax deductible.