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In The Name Of (and 2 details)

In The Name Of (and 2 details)

In The Name Of (and 2 details)

Ali Banisadr
In The Name Of (and 2 details)

2008

Oil on linen

137.2 x 183 cm
Ali Banisadr is originally from Tehran, but moved to America when he was a child; his works are influenced by his experiences as a refugee from the Iran-Iraq war and his approach to abstraction evokes connotations to displacement, memory, nostalgia and violence. In The Name Of possesses all the qualities of a fantastical landscape, its rich aromatic colours disseminating a fairytale orientalism that’s both majestic and medieval. Amidst his lush surface, splendour gives way to embellished anarchy and carnage as onslaughts of painterly gestures replicate the chaos of an attack. The fractured background, reminiscent of stained glass, is inspired by his recollection of the sound of shattering windows during bombings. This synaesthetic connection between auditory memory and visualisation is consistent throughout his work.
Land Of Black Gold (and 3 details)

Land Of Black Gold (and 3 details)

Land Of Black Gold (and 3 details)

Ali Banisadr
Land Of Black Gold (and 3 details)

2008

Oil on linen

137.2 x 193 cm
In Banisadr’s paintings, his own memories become combined and fused with Persian mythology, such as Marco Polo’s discredited story of the Hashshashin, a militaristic sect whose members were drugged and made to believe that the gardens behind their mountain top fortress were actually Heaven, where obedience might be rewarded by short visits, replete with feasting and vestal virgins. Land Of Black Gold conjures tales such as this through its elaborate composition and suggested narratives. Influenced by Persian miniatures - small intricately rendered illustrations similar to illuminated manuscripts - Banisadr’s canvas spans like an ancient map, a spatially skewed terrain of detailed activity. Throughout is a disorientating sense of wonder as angular shapes propose topsy-turvy architecture, out of scale figures are formed from indulgent dabs and exotic fauna and pools evolve from luscious smears and layered washes. Rendered in the golds and blues associated with European religious painting, Banisadr baths his scene of earthly pleasures in a divine glow, ignited by bombardments in the distance.
Prisoners of the Sun (TV) (and detail)

Prisoners of the Sun (TV) (and detail)

Ali Banisadr
Prisoners of the Sun (TV) (and detail)

2008

Oil on linen

137.2 x 183 cm
Often compared to Hieronymus Bosch, Banisadr’s portentous scenes are spellbinding in their finite description. From a distance their intensely busy surfaces appear to be rendered in microcosmic detail, yet when viewed close up, recognition dissolves into a frenzy of sensitive and compacted brush work. Banisadr handles paint with a sentient physicality, his extravagant textures and vibrant tones visually translate the experience of taste, smell, and especially sound into fields that extrapolate cacophonous rhythms. In Prisoners of The Sun (TV) this sensory disconcertment is echoed in its allusion to temporal collapse as antiquated scenes of imagined civilisations blend seamlessly with TV test patterns, the hard-edged geometry of mass media linking disquietly with the strata of ancient mysticism.

Ali Banisadr's BIOGRAPHY

Ali Banisadr
Born in 1976, Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Works on Paper, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

2010
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2008
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
Hareng Saur: Ensor en de Hedendaagse Kunst, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent at S.M.A.K, Ghent
Ghosts (Mauricio Anzeri, Ali Banisadr and Nick Goss) Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy

2009
Epic Painting, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, PA
Raad O Bargh- Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg, Austria
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Raad O Bargh – 17 Artists from Iran, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2008
Weaving The Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, N.Y.
Small is Beautiful (2), Flowers Gallery, New York
Post Graduate Fellows Exhibition (Ali Banisadr, David Pettibon, MaryRaap),
New York Academy of Art

2007
Utopia Dystopia, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York
Homecoming, New York Academy of Art, New York
Summer Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York
CAA Exhibition, Hunter College/Time Square Gallery, New York

2006
Tribeca Ball, Skylight, New York
Summer Painters, Chateau de Balleroy, France

2005
In Exile, Visual Arts Gallery, New York