Sunday, March 16, 2014

Art Dubai 2014

Art Dubai 2014

March 19-22

Hadieh Shafie, Transition, 2014, Ink, acrylic and paper with printed and
hand-written Farsi text Eshgh “Love/Passion”, 60 x 40 x 6 in / 152.4 x 101.6 x 15.2 cm

Visit us at Booth A28
Madinat Jumeirah
Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim
Exit 39 (Interchange 4) from Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, UAE

VIP Preview: Wednesday, March 19, 4-9:30 pm
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Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the eighth edition of Art Dubai,March 19 – 22, 2014 at the Madinat Jumeirah, booth A28. The gallery will exhibit a selection of recent works by Middle Eastern and International artists: Shiva Ahmadi, Reza Aramesh, Gordon Cheung, Nir Hod, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Farideh Lashai, Leila Pazooki and Hadieh Shafie.

Among the highlights will be the new work Transition by the US-based artist Hadieh Shafie. Shafie's colorful and multidimensional works are comprised of thousands of strips of hand painted and rolled paper, each inscribed with the word eshgh (“Love/Passion”).  Transitioncombines techniques from Shafie’s Ketab and Telesm series in addition to rows of unrolled strips of paper, the inclusion of which reveals to the viewer the beginning stages of the artist’s process. The work marks a turning point in Shafie’s oeuvre, in which she explores deconstructing the elements in her work.

British born Chinese artist Gordon Cheung will exhibit new works from his ongoing seriesTulipmania. Cheung's multi-media art portrays hallucinate visions that oscillate between the virtual and actual realities of our globalized world and its inevitable implosion. In Tulipmania, thickly painted technicolor tulips are placed against a background of newspaper stock listings. The series references a period in the Dutch Golden Age when contract prices for tulip bulbs reached extraordinarily high levels and then collapsed. Generally considered the first recorded economic bubble, the term “tulip mania” is now often used to refer to any large economic bubble.

Berlin-based multi-media artist Leila Pazooki will present a text-based neon tube installationDemocracy. In the work, the word “democracy” is phonetically written in mirrored Persian text. Pazooki explores a technique of physically breaking the neon tubes to induce separations in the sections of colored light. This multiplicity of color references the many voices and views regarding Democracy in her homeland and region, nevertheless focusing on the physicality of the “Persianophied” term itself, it is also a reflection on the Western constrained notions of democracy which are implicitly imposed upon Eastern governments.

London-based multi-disciplinary artist Reza Aramesh will present a new sculpture and recent photograph. Aramesh‘s work utilizes traditional forms of media to restage and reframe widely circulated images of conflict from print media. Through this process, he reveals intrinsic chains of globalized power and violence, simultaneously portraying and commemorating unknown nameless victims of war. The subject of Aramesh’s new sculpture is sourced from online reportage of the Algerian massacre near the Abu Dharr al-Ghifari mosque. The installation will feature a lying down figure, carved in wood, and laid on a steel plinth. 

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image 1: 
Gordon Cheung, Darkest Before Dawn, 2013, Newspaper stock listings, acrylic, inkjet, newspaper-wood on canvas, 59 x 78.7 in / 150 x 200 cm
image 2: Leila Pazooki, Democracy, 2014, Neon luminous glass tubes, 55.1 in / 140 cm
image 3: Reza Aramesh, Action 135: May 8, 1945. 9:03 am.  City of Setif, Algeria, 2014, Hand-carved lime-wood, glass eyes and paint, 35.8 x 11 x 5.5 in / 91 x 28 x 14 cm

Press Contact: 
Ally Mintz,
Laila Jabban,

Book Launch of Reza Aramesh: 12 Midnight
Art Dubai, Booth A28
WednesdayMarch 19

5:30-6 pm

Reza Aramesh
The Whistle of the Souls, a play that never starts
Proposal for a public sculpture

March 17 - April 17
Opening Reception: March 17, 5 - 8:30 pm 

Al Quoz Industrial Area 3
17-A Street
Warehouse 18
Dubai, UAE

Press release

Solo Exhibition of Reza Aramesh
from the Collection of Farhard Bakhtiar
Opening: March 17, 2014

Villa 28, 47C Street
Jumeira 01
Dubai, UAE


Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
(Tel) 212 249 7695

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