An Exhibition Celebrating the Perspective of Three Iranian Women
May 17 through June 18, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 17, 6-9p.m.
At Tara Gallery
Los Angeles, CA – April 29, 2014 – Tara Gallery is proud to feature Mehri Dadgar, Shahla Etedali, and Marjan Nirou Saniee, a phenomenally talented trio of female Iranian artists whose unique ability to capture the fine line between memory and imagination has made for a truly enchanting collection not to be missed.
Colors Remembered will run from May 17 through June 18, 2014 at Tara Gallery with an opening reception held on Saturday, May 17 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. We’re happy to announce the artists will be present at the reception as well.
Their unique stories told in bold colors and patterns resonate a common and enigmatic beauty. Whether it’s simplifying objects to their bare minimum, or blending western and middle-eastern influences, each piece is a stunning visual memoir of the artists’ lives from Iran to the present: beautiful in its simplicity, yet quixotic and surreal.
Former political prisoner in Iran, Mehri Dadgar employs arabesque, calligraphy, and traditional miniature paintings with a blend of Western influence to create modern abstractions. “To a great extent, I have come to realize that all my art even the darkest works I have done are celebrations of life,” says Dadgar. “They invariably reflect my sense of wonder at the beauty of creation.”
Artist, writer, and documentary filmmaker, Shahla Etedali has a way with words. Her love for the pliability of language, particularly her native Persian, has inspired her to create a unique and universal dialect on canvas. Often working with calligraphy, Etedali’s pieces are truly a wistful and poetic indulgence.
Marjan Nirou Saniee renders a new perspective to our colloquial surroundings by creating texture through carving and lifting of layers of plywood. The result connotes ancient archaeological treasures come to life in the most modern form. Vessels and fruits are no longer inanimate objects but a vehicle to ignite memory and nostalgia.