Thursday, September 10, 2009

From the Streets of Iran

Join us for the Opening Reception:
Thursday September 10, 6-9 pm

Los Angeles, CA - Crewest presents From the Streets of Iran, Works on
paper by urban artists in Iran, curated by Shervin Shahbazi. This
exhibit is the first of its kind in the U.S. featuring graffiti-based
works on paper by ICY, SOT, FRZ, MAD, and CK1. These artists have
exhibited their work in Iran and Europe and this is their United
States debut.

The artists draw inspiration from Iran’s rich heritage of calligraphy,
visual arts, revolution and the state in which they live, as well as
their exposure to graffiti and urban art in the West. Their work
encompasses a broad range of subject matter—from urbanism and
political resistance to scenes of everyday people and the innocence of
youth. Each of the artists practices their own aesthetic. In some
works, detailed hand styles overlap with spray can imagery; in others,
stencil work and careful attention to texture affect a stylized
photorealism. However the individual styles may differ, the works as a
group resonate with hope and a determination to realize the promise of
a better future from the streets of Iran.
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And on Saturday, September 12, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Join us for another exhibit on Iran:
Traces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memories
at Morono Kiang Gallery, 218 West 3rd Street, Bradbury Building, Los
Angeles, 90013

Traces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memories
September 10 - November 21, 2009

Artists Reception:
Saturday, September 12, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Traces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memories explores the primacy of
personal memory against a backdrop of divergent cultural experiences and
collective histories. These memories capture more than moments in time—they
bear witness to unprecedented change and inspire new interpretations of the
past, which, in the end, create Traces of Being. This exhibition
curated by Shervin Shahbazi features new mixed media and
installation-based works by Pantea Karimi, Hushidar Mortezaie, Amitis
Motevalli, and Fereshteh Toosi.

We invite you to bring your own ephemera, such as written accounts,
objects, or images, to add to our interactive timeline of Iran's
contemporary history from 1979 to 2009.

Future programs include a panel discussion with the artists and a sneak peek of
Robert Adanto’s new documentary film about contemporary women artists from
An illustrated catalogue for the exhibition will be available in October.

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