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Current> Assignments @ Artspace

sonasafaeisooreh:

Sona Safaei-Sooreh’s solo show in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 @ Peterborough’s ARTSPACE ,will be on view from June 27 through August 16, 2014.

Review @ kawarthanow

I would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario

This text is a sculpture, laser-cut acrylic, approximately 20”x30”, 2011.

This text is a sculpture, is a laser-cut acrylic text piece, which is installed on a wall without any spacing or linguistic punctuations to form a sculptural shape instead of a sentence.
Traditionally the word ‘text’ had only referred to written or printed words and letters. More recently it refers to a variety of cultural products such as paintings, photos, sculptures, and videos (Barthes, 155-164). Describing such products as “Text”, however, is still ambiguous because not all viewers have been introduced to this usage of the word “text”.
In my project “This Text Is…” I transformed one sentence through different media, from abstract ideas to physical things. In other words, I brought different ways of art making under the umbrella of the word “text”. This way of looking I believe is only possible after Roland Barthes way of explaining text. He considered cultural products as texts, which need to be analyzed in respect of their loaded meaning through semiology.
In making of This text is…, I was inspired by On Kawara’s date paintings, Lawrence Weiner’s wall texts, and René Magritte’s “This is not a pipe”.

Bibliography:

Barthes, Roland. Trans. Stephen Heath, Image, Music, Text (New York: Hill and Wang: 1977)

This text is a sculpture, laser-cut acrylic, approximately 20”x30”, 2011.

This text is a sculpture, is a laser-cut acrylic text piece, which is installed on a wall without any spacing or linguistic punctuations to form a sculptural shape instead of a sentence.

Traditionally the word ‘text’ had only referred to written or printed words and letters. More recently it refers to a variety of cultural products such as paintings, photos, sculptures, and videos (Barthes, 155-164). Describing such products as “Text”, however, is still ambiguous because not all viewers have been introduced to this usage of the word “text”.

In my project “This Text Is…” I transformed one sentence through different media, from abstract ideas to physical things. In other words, I brought different ways of art making under the umbrella of the word “text”. This way of looking I believe is only possible after Roland Barthes way of explaining text. He considered cultural products as texts, which need to be analyzed in respect of their loaded meaning through semiology.

In making of This text is…, I was inspired by On Kawara’s date paintings, Lawrence Weiner’s wall texts, and René Magritte’s “This is not a pipe”.

Bibliography:

Barthes, Roland. Trans. Stephen Heath, Image, Music, Text (New York: Hill and Wang: 1977)

(Source: sonasafaei-blog)

The Third Space on Flickr.

Border, installation view, 2012

Border, installation view, 2012

Past> Perpetuum Mobile: This Text is a Sculpture

Past> Round Table Residency

Past> Alphabet & Border @ Harbourfront Centre's main gallery

22 June- 15 Sept, 2013

Curated by Sanaz Mazinani

The Third Space is a group exhibition featuring a selection of works by six female artists of Iranian descent working in media as varied as drawing, photography, collage, video, and sculpture. Collectively, their works address issues about life in the diaspora. Their projects masterfully explore the anxieties and complexities of living in a globalized world and negotiating the hybrid identities that result from being multi-cultural.

 Bibliography, vinyl print@ , 2013

 Bibliography, vinyl print@ , 2013

Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement, interactive video project, 2012-2013
 In Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement viewer sees six different videos playing all at the same time that creates a noise. In each video I read a different iteration of artist statement that I wrote for this work.

Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement, interactive video project, 2012-2013

 In Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement viewer sees six different videos playing all at the same time that creates a noise. In each video I read a different iteration of artist statement that I wrote for this work.

Right: Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement, interactive video project, 2012-2013
Left: Arts Associate,documentation of performance
 In Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement viewer sees six different videos playing all at the same time that creates a noise. In each video I read a different iteration of artist statement that I wrote for this work.

Right: Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement, interactive video project, 2012-2013

Left: Arts Associate,documentation of performance

 In Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement viewer sees six different videos playing all at the same time that creates a noise. In each video I read a different iteration of artist statement that I wrote for this work.

Arts Associate, performance, Hazelton Lanes Mall, 2013

Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?”

Each associate delivers the following information:

- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.

-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.

-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.

Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

Photo Credit: Mathieu Goupil-Lemay 

Past> Arts Associate @ Hazelton Lanes Festival [19 May, 2013]

Past> Alphabet part of Project 35 Volume 2 (organized by ICI ) @Art Gallery of Windsor

Screening Schedule:

May: 23 - June 2: Part Four

Project 35 Volume 2 is a traveling exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Robert Lehman Foundation; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI’s Access Fund.

Arts Associate, performance, digital print ID cards, 2012

Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?”

Each associate delivers the following information:

- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.

-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.

-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.

Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

Arts Associate, performance, digital print ID cards, 2012
Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?” 
Each associate delivers the following information:
- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.
-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.
-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.


Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

Arts Associate, performance, digital print ID cards, 2012

Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?”

Each associate delivers the following information:

- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.

-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.

-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.

Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

Current> Assignments @ Artspace

sonasafaeisooreh:

Sona Safaei-Sooreh’s solo show in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 @ Peterborough’s ARTSPACE ,will be on view from June 27 through August 16, 2014.

Review @ kawarthanow

I would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario

This text is a sculpture, laser-cut acrylic, approximately 20”x30”, 2011.

This text is a sculpture, is a laser-cut acrylic text piece, which is installed on a wall without any spacing or linguistic punctuations to form a sculptural shape instead of a sentence.
Traditionally the word ‘text’ had only referred to written or printed words and letters. More recently it refers to a variety of cultural products such as paintings, photos, sculptures, and videos (Barthes, 155-164). Describing such products as “Text”, however, is still ambiguous because not all viewers have been introduced to this usage of the word “text”.
In my project “This Text Is…” I transformed one sentence through different media, from abstract ideas to physical things. In other words, I brought different ways of art making under the umbrella of the word “text”. This way of looking I believe is only possible after Roland Barthes way of explaining text. He considered cultural products as texts, which need to be analyzed in respect of their loaded meaning through semiology.
In making of This text is…, I was inspired by On Kawara’s date paintings, Lawrence Weiner’s wall texts, and René Magritte’s “This is not a pipe”.

Bibliography:

Barthes, Roland. Trans. Stephen Heath, Image, Music, Text (New York: Hill and Wang: 1977)

This text is a sculpture, laser-cut acrylic, approximately 20”x30”, 2011.

This text is a sculpture, is a laser-cut acrylic text piece, which is installed on a wall without any spacing or linguistic punctuations to form a sculptural shape instead of a sentence.

Traditionally the word ‘text’ had only referred to written or printed words and letters. More recently it refers to a variety of cultural products such as paintings, photos, sculptures, and videos (Barthes, 155-164). Describing such products as “Text”, however, is still ambiguous because not all viewers have been introduced to this usage of the word “text”.

In my project “This Text Is…” I transformed one sentence through different media, from abstract ideas to physical things. In other words, I brought different ways of art making under the umbrella of the word “text”. This way of looking I believe is only possible after Roland Barthes way of explaining text. He considered cultural products as texts, which need to be analyzed in respect of their loaded meaning through semiology.

In making of This text is…, I was inspired by On Kawara’s date paintings, Lawrence Weiner’s wall texts, and René Magritte’s “This is not a pipe”.

Bibliography:

Barthes, Roland. Trans. Stephen Heath, Image, Music, Text (New York: Hill and Wang: 1977)

(Source: sonasafaei-blog)

The Third Space on Flickr.

Border, installation view, 2012

Border, installation view, 2012

Past> Perpetuum Mobile: This Text is a Sculpture

Past> Round Table Residency

Past> Alphabet & Border @ Harbourfront Centre's main gallery

22 June- 15 Sept, 2013

Curated by Sanaz Mazinani

The Third Space is a group exhibition featuring a selection of works by six female artists of Iranian descent working in media as varied as drawing, photography, collage, video, and sculpture. Collectively, their works address issues about life in the diaspora. Their projects masterfully explore the anxieties and complexities of living in a globalized world and negotiating the hybrid identities that result from being multi-cultural.

 Bibliography, vinyl print@ , 2013

 Bibliography, vinyl print@ , 2013

Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement, interactive video project, 2012-2013
 In Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement viewer sees six different videos playing all at the same time that creates a noise. In each video I read a different iteration of artist statement that I wrote for this work.

Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement, interactive video project, 2012-2013

 In Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement viewer sees six different videos playing all at the same time that creates a noise. In each video I read a different iteration of artist statement that I wrote for this work.

Right: Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement, interactive video project, 2012-2013
Left: Arts Associate,documentation of performance
 In Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement viewer sees six different videos playing all at the same time that creates a noise. In each video I read a different iteration of artist statement that I wrote for this work.

Right: Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement, interactive video project, 2012-2013

Left: Arts Associate,documentation of performance

 In Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement viewer sees six different videos playing all at the same time that creates a noise. In each video I read a different iteration of artist statement that I wrote for this work.

Arts Associate, performance, Hazelton Lanes Mall, 2013

Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?”

Each associate delivers the following information:

- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.

-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.

-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.

Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

Photo Credit: Mathieu Goupil-Lemay 

Past> Arts Associate @ Hazelton Lanes Festival [19 May, 2013]

Past> Alphabet part of Project 35 Volume 2 (organized by ICI ) @Art Gallery of Windsor

Screening Schedule:

May: 23 - June 2: Part Four

Project 35 Volume 2 is a traveling exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Robert Lehman Foundation; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI’s Access Fund.

Arts Associate, performance, digital print ID cards, 2012

Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?”

Each associate delivers the following information:

- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.

-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.

-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.

Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

Arts Associate, performance, digital print ID cards, 2012
Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?” 
Each associate delivers the following information:
- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.
-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.
-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.


Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

Arts Associate, performance, digital print ID cards, 2012

Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?”

Each associate delivers the following information:

- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.

-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.

-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.

Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

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