Sherin Guirguis, Amir H. Fallah, Elham Rokni, Sanaz Mazinani, Galia Linn
July 29 – August 28, 2015
Opening July 29, 2015
Press preview: 5-7pm
Public reception: 7-9pm
Panel Discussion with Artists, moderated by Anuradha Vikram
August 13, 2015, 7-9pm
In inauguration of the gallery’s new brand image and name, Shulamit Nazarian will hold a summer exhibition curated by art administrator, critic, curator and educator, Anuradha Vikram. The exhibition will embody the gallery’s new voice and direction.
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.
Amir H. Fallah’s portraits abstract the bodies of his sitters, describing them instead through visual references to objects and patterns that carry personal significance to each subject. A viewing of Fallah’s paintings is an investigative process, drawing correlations in order to gain insight into the personality of each person portrayed. Sherin Guirguis mines the history and architecture of Egypt, her birthplace, to create images that reflect a hybrid cultural condition through a combination of expressionistic and geometric marks and cuts. Each work is developed through research into specific locations of personal or cultural import, isolating motifs that interact spatially in a manner derived from constructivist and minimalist precedents. Galia Linn builds forms in clay that are informed by vessels from antiquity, as well as responding to the properties of her materials and the gestures of her body. Her sculptures function totemically, encompassing a rich interiority. Elham Rokni’s drawings address migration and displacement as a geographic and conceptual phenomena. She abstracts personal imagery to describe experiences of alienation and connection, seeking liberation from physical and social limitations. Sanaz Mazinani mines photographic archives of contemporary warfare to create digital collages and videos that complicate notions of beauty and decoration. Depicting landscapes in conflict from an aerial perspective, her works critique the affective distance that enables brutality to proliferate.
Artist and Curator Biographies
Sherin Guirguis (b.1974 Luxor, Egypt) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Solo exhibitions include The Third Line Gallery in Dubai, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and LAXART. Museum exhibitions include the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, and Color Dialogues at the Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE. Her work has been featured in Artforum, the Los Angeles Times, and the Huffington Post.
Amir H. Fallah (b. 1979 Tehran, Iran) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his MFA in painting at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. He has had solo shows at the 18th Street Art Center and Charlie James Gallery, and group exhibitions include those at Walter Maciel Gallery, Palo Alto Art Center, and JOYCE Gallery, Hong Kong (2014); the 10 Year Anniversary Show at Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen (2013); and the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai (2011). Fallah participated in the 9th Sharjah Biennial in 2009.
Elham Rokni (b. 1980 Teheran Iran) lives and works in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She received her BFA and MFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. She has participated in international film festivals and has received grants from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport – Young Artist Prize, the Yehushua Rabinovich Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts, and the Fund for Video Art and Experimental Cinema in Israel. Her works can be found in various private collections.
Sanaz Mazinani (b. 1978 Tehran, Iran) lives and works in San Francisco, California, and Toronto, Canada. She received her MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University in 2011. Mazinani has had solo exhibitions in Canada, New York and California, and group exhibitions include those at the Queens Museum; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; and University of Toronto Art Centre. Her work is in public and private collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank and the San Francisco International Airport art collection.
Galia Linn (b. 1963 Tel Aviv, Israel) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Linn has exhibited with the Santa Monica Museum of Art, LAXART, Shulamit Gallery, Gallery 825, and The Interior Forest at curated by Alexandra Grant at the 18th Street Arts Center. Linn’s work is in various international private collections.
Anuradha Vikram is the Director of Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center and a lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. She holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and a BS in Studio Art from New York University.She has curated exhibitions for the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, and DeYoung Museum Artist Studio in San Francisco, California. Her writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, X-TRA, and Leonardo, and she is a contributor to Artillery and DAILY SERVING.
About Shulamit Nazarian:
Shulamit Nazarian gallery began as a roving art platform in 2006 and opened its eponymous exhibition space in October 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The gallery works with local and international artists of diverse backgrounds. The gallery’s practice is rooted in the belief that artistic practice plays a vital role in catalyzing cultural dialogue while highlighting the complexities of individual identity and sociopolitical realities.