Laleh Khorramian Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Laleh Khorramian
Eden - 1st Generation (and detail)


Ink, oil on paper

223.5 x 355.6 cm

Laleh Khorramian’s abstract paintings aren’t just paintings: they are prints. Developed through an intensive process that harmoniously combines both technical skill and unpredictable results, Khorramian begins each work by making a painting onto a sheet of glass. She then transfers the image onto paper by pressing the sheets to the glass while the paint is still wet. The resulting ‘monoprint’ – or single print – is an event, an original irreproducible image, initially made without any direct contact from the artist’s hand. In Eden – 1st Generation, Khorramian uses this process to create a large scalework reminiscent of an aerial-view map. Khorramian often uses herprints to create stop-motion animations, where she combs their texturedand latent topographical imagery to find backdrops, objects,figures, and scenarios to her filmic narratives. She then proceeds todraw, wipe away, and scratch onto the surface of the print like notes
and locations of events – inventing graphic scenarios of violence, intimacy, catastrophe, and imagined or impossible scenes, much of which to be shot and recorded for her films. For example, a number of the details within Eden – 1st Generation were included in her 2005 animation “Chopperlady”.

Laleh Khorramian
Some Comments on Empty and Full


Ink, oil, crayon, and collage on polypropylene

190.5 x 139.7 cm

Some Comments On Empty And Full was made by collaging numerous monoprints together, their abstracted patterns forming a fantastical landscape. In this piece, the monoprints have been made on semi-plastic material, a substance which both replicates celluloid and resists liquid pigment. Again Khorramian reveals and emphasizes details by drawing over and scraping into the surface with marks and note taking. The resulting smears and sluices of contrasting earthy tones are assembled in an irregular shape, giving the illusion of apocalyptic terrain. Influenced by medieval chinese landscapes and its spiritual philosophy of space, the title draws upon notions of the atom and the aggregate, the individual, growth, decay and memory.

Laleh Khorramian's Biography

Laleh Khorramian
Born in 1974, Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in New York


Laleh Khorramian, Water Panics in the Sea, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna

I Without End, Salon 94 Freemans, New York

Surface to Air, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

Laleh Khorramian, The Thirdline, Dubai, UAE

Chopperlady, Salon 94, New York


Immaterial, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
SITE, Santa Fe Biennial 2010, The Dissolve, Santa Fe, NM
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Artisterium, National Art Center NAC, Tbilisi
Raad O Bargh, Deutsche Bank, Kunstraum, Salzburg
Summer 7, The Third Line, Doha, Doha
Raad O Bargh, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

East/West Dialogue, LMTH Gallery, New York

Nocturnes, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
M.A.S.H, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart & Omar Lopez-Chahoud, New York
The Uncertain States of America-American Video Art of the 3rd Millennium-
Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia
Hello I’m Crashing, Salon 94, New York
Cosmologies, James Cohan Gallery, New York

Palette, Greenberg Van Doren, New York, NY
Land Mine, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Drawing III (Selected), G Module, Paris, FR
Extracity, E-Flux Video Rental Project, Antwerp, Belgium
Cine Pobre Film Festival, Gibara, Cuba
Edun, Salon 94. New York
The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York

Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York
Rainbow, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Lebanon
Nocturnes, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA
Greater NY 2005, P.S.1 Museum, Long Island

E-Flux Video Rental Project, E-Flux, New York, ongoing worldwide tour
Strange Animals, HDTS 4. Curated by F. Laserre and C. Gast, Joshua Tree, CA
After Goya, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York
MFA Thesis Show, Columbia University, New York
Turning Points, Leroy Neiman Gallery/Columbia University, New York