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Shirazeh Houshiary, Through Mist
25 NOVEMBER 2015–9 JANUARY 2016 / SHIRAZEH HOUSHIARY / THROUGH MIST / LEHMANN MAUPIN, HONG KONG
In her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong at Lehmann Maupin, Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary presented a series of new works that explore metaphysical thoughts. Through Mist, curated by Fereshteh Daftari, debuted seven new paintings that triggered all the senses in a process that involves building up layers of pigment, pattern and lines. Upon closer inspection, Houshiary’s pencilled-gestures form written words that are obscured through overlapped repetition creating an infinitum. Interestingly, Houshiary’s painting technique involves placing the canvases on the floor and working horizontally above them. This gives her work a direct attachment to the limitations of her body, whether in dimension or in execution. Also included was a one-piece steel wall sculpture, entitled Resonance, coated in matte black paint, which haphazardly contrasts with the artist’s light and colourful paintings. The organic form takes the shape of a flying ribbon whereby the artist reiterates the infinite, while challenging the perceptions of time, space and presence.