Expo Chicago: Online: Amir H. Fallah + Daniel Gibson

April 8–12, 2021
  • For EXPO CHGO ONLINE, Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to present new paintings by Los Angeles-based artists Amir H. Fallah and Daniel Gibson. Fallah and Gibson explore what it means to make biographical work through symbols, archetypes, and surrogates, in an effort to challenge the nature of representation and navigate the psychological space of borders and bicultural histories.

  • Amir H. Fallah

    Amir H. Fallah

    Over the past decade, Amir H. Fallah has explored the history of portraiture. In a recent breakthrough, he has confronted long-standing limitations of this genre by removing the figure in favor of coded life maps, rich with images and symbols. Fallah’s paintings question not only the historical role of portraiture, but also the cultural systems that are used to identify one person from another. This absence of the subject’s likeness is now substituted with a wider representation of their personhood—one that spans time and cultures and is articulated through a network of symbols and imagery.

    • AMIR H. FALLAH The Creation, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 46 inches in diameter
      AMIR H. FALLAH
      The Creation, 2021
      Acrylic on canvas
      46 inches in diameter
  • AMIR H. FALLAH, If You Can Only Be Tall Because Someone Else Is On Their Knees, 2021

    AMIR H. FALLAH

    If You Can Only Be Tall Because Someone Else Is On Their Knees, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
    48 x 73 inches
    • AMIR H. FALLAH The Wound Is The Place Where Light Enters You, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 54 x 72 inches
      AMIR H. FALLAH
      The Wound Is The Place Where Light Enters You, 2021
      Acrylic on canvas
      54 x 72 inches
    • AMIR H. FALLAH What You Seek Is Seeking You, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches
      AMIR H. FALLAH
      What You Seek Is Seeking You, 2021
      Acrylic on canvas
      36 x 48 inches
  • Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson

    Growing up in the border town of El Centro, Daniel Gibson's paintings intermingle the genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life to create dream-like narratives, using memories to explore themes of identity and migration. Exploring a lexicon of symbols, Gibson explores his identity as a Mexican-American, his family’s migration story, and the memories of individuals that he watched make their journey into the United States. Articulated through abstracted human figures, objects, and elements of nature, Gibson’s paintings depict stories of struggle, resilience, and freedom.

    • Daniel Gibson Butterfly Keeper #6, 2021 Oil on paper 38 x 24 inches
      Daniel Gibson
      Butterfly Keeper #6, 2021
      Oil on paper
      38 x 24 inches
    • Daniel Gibson Butterfly Keeper #8, 2021 Oil on paper 30 x 22.5 inches
      Daniel Gibson
      Butterfly Keeper #8, 2021
      Oil on paper
      30 x 22.5 inches
    • Daniel Gibson Butterfly Keeper #7, 2021 Oil on paper 38 x 24 inches
      Daniel Gibson
      Butterfly Keeper #7, 2021
      Oil on paper
      38 x 24 inches