September 7-29, 2001
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15, 4-6pm
Supported in part by the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs Challenge Program
Alchemy is a four-person exhibition featuring Seyed
Alavi, Aylene Fallah, Taraneh Hemami and Haleh Niazmand.
This exhibit presents works of four Iranian-American artists
whose exploration into their immediate environment is inspired
by their multicultural sensibilities. The result is a powerful
cultural and aesthetic alchemy.
Seyed Alavi creates poetic site-specific installations
incorporating Iranian Sufi tradition, poetry and Persian calligraphy
into elements of form and composition. Seyed Alavis
recent computer based calligraphy creates provoking dialogues
between what is apparent and that which is hidden. His new
works explore subtle meanings attached to words, evoke the
poetics of language and space and their power to shape our
Aylene Fallah extends the boundaries of process art into
unsettling conceptual commentaries. Using unusual Persian
source materials Aylene Fallah goes beyond linearity of capturing
and reducing experiences and enters into a simultaneous "all-at-once"
environment. Using her own images, she transfers and revisions
identities, but diffuses the nostalgia into multi-cultural
Taraneh Hemami is a conceptual artist who utilizes
the letters of a language that she can no longer use to communicate
ideas of loss and cultural identity. Thus her works become
an alchemy of the years past, re-counting the landscape of
her personal time, and marking the dates that have within
their hold personal and historical significance.
Haleh Niazmand humors the prevalent influences of mass
media in presenting an exotic image of Iranian culture. Her
multi-layered visual/intellectual comments on myths and stereotypes
challenge the viewer to contemplate in dialogical questions.
Haleh Niazmand proposes numerous cultural languages and possibilities
in each exploration, creating an aesthetically powerful and
sociologically interesting alchemy.
Seyed Alavi received his MFA from San Francisco Art
Institute, and has created numerous site-specific installations
at various institutions around the country. Aylene Fallah
studied sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University and
has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and
Canada. Taraneh Hemami holds a MFA in Painting from
California College of Arts and Crafts and has received several
awards including the 2000 Creative Work Fund and the 2001
San Francisco Art Commission Cultural Equity Grant. Haleh
Niazmand received her MFA from the University of Arizona
and recently completed a two-year residency at the Des Moines
Art Center in Iowa. Her works have been the topic of many
Alchemy opens on Friday, September 7th, and continues through
Saturday September 29, 2001.
Organized by: Center for Iranian Modern Arts, CIMA
Dates: September 7-29, 2001
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15 4-6pm
Gallery: M.Y. ART PROSPECTS,
135 W. 29 St. 10th fl. (between 6th & 7th) NY, NY 10001
Subway: 28th St.(1, 9, N, R) 34th St.(B, D, F, Q, N,
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm and by appointment
M.Y. ART PROSPECTS has a mission to promote emerging
and mid-career visual artists through the presentation of
quality exhibitions, thus bringing them into a public dialogue.
Alchemy is curated and organized by
Center for Iranian Modern Arts, CIMA
a non-profit art organization based in New York City
whose mission is to promote Iranian American artists.