The Consumption    features a selection of exuberant paintings with bas-relief surfaces that depict a variety of figures in water.  Ahkami’s water imagery is calligraphic and patterned, inspired by Iran’s blue-tiled mosques, which have been said to symbolize water and nature. The artist uses all-over patterning and water symbolism expressionistically, to convey a psychic loss of control...  In these intense yet playful works, water acts as a symbol...of struggle and passion. (Excerpt from Press Release   

The Consumption features a selection of exuberant paintings with bas-relief surfaces that depict a variety of figures in water. Ahkami’s water imagery is calligraphic and patterned, inspired by Iran’s blue-tiled mosques, which have been said to symbolize water and nature. The artist uses all-over patterning and water symbolism expressionistically, to convey a psychic loss of control...  In these intense yet playful works, water acts as a symbol...of struggle and passion. (Excerpt from Press Release

 

 [Ahkami's] relief-like textures, and glazes of deep blues and pearlescent whites, borrow from Iran’s lusterware and molded-relief ceramics.  For Ahkami, the dynamic textures of these sources, and the obsessive, hand-made quality of the patterning, “carry the potential for a Persian-Islamic art that can be as emotive and personal as the exaggerated gestures and drips of Western expressionism.” (Excerpt from Press Release)

[Ahkami's] relief-like textures, and glazes of deep blues and pearlescent whites, borrow from Iran’s lusterware and molded-relief ceramics.  For Ahkami, the dynamic textures of these sources, and the obsessive, hand-made quality of the patterning, “carry the potential for a Persian-Islamic art that can be as emotive and personal as the exaggerated gestures and drips of Western expressionism.” (Excerpt from Press Release)

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 Although Ahkami is moving away from her overtly political work of the last decade, in a few works in the exhibition, she revisits her iconography of melting Persianate cityscapes spreading cartoonishly towards the viewer.  For Ahkami, this caricature of Iran’s regime, and of fears of its nuclear threat, is a product of consumption: “of media images that have distorted the view of Iran from a distance”.  Her recent returns to this theme are spectacles of pattern that shift between entrancing and cartoonish, with more fascination than angst. (Excerpt from Press Release) 

Although Ahkami is moving away from her overtly political work of the last decade, in a few works in the exhibition, she revisits her iconography of melting Persianate cityscapes spreading cartoonishly towards the viewer.  For Ahkami, this caricature of Iran’s regime, and of fears of its nuclear threat, is a product of consumption: “of media images that have distorted the view of Iran from a distance”.  Her recent returns to this theme are spectacles of pattern that shift between entrancing and cartoonish, with more fascination than angst. (Excerpt from Press Release) 

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   The Consumption    features a selection of exuberant paintings with bas-relief surfaces that depict a variety of figures in water.  Ahkami’s water imagery is calligraphic and patterned, inspired by Iran’s blue-tiled mosques, which have been said to symbolize water and nature. The artist uses all-over patterning and water symbolism expressionistically, to convey a psychic loss of control...  In these intense yet playful works, water acts as a symbol...of struggle and passion. (Excerpt from Press Release   
 [Ahkami's] relief-like textures, and glazes of deep blues and pearlescent whites, borrow from Iran’s lusterware and molded-relief ceramics.  For Ahkami, the dynamic textures of these sources, and the obsessive, hand-made quality of the patterning, “carry the potential for a Persian-Islamic art that can be as emotive and personal as the exaggerated gestures and drips of Western expressionism.” (Excerpt from Press Release)
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Ahkami_Negar_Mrs. Claws_BLACKbackground.2013__Gesso, acrylic and glitter on panel_54x48in_lowres.jpg
Ahkami_Negar_MotherAndChild_2013_AcrylicGessoAndGlitterOnCanvas_11x14in.jpg
 Although Ahkami is moving away from her overtly political work of the last decade, in a few works in the exhibition, she revisits her iconography of melting Persianate cityscapes spreading cartoonishly towards the viewer.  For Ahkami, this caricature of Iran’s regime, and of fears of its nuclear threat, is a product of consumption: “of media images that have distorted the view of Iran from a distance”.  Her recent returns to this theme are spectacles of pattern that shift between entrancing and cartoonish, with more fascination than angst. (Excerpt from Press Release) 
The_Water_Is_Turbid_From_Its_Source.gesso_acrylic_and_glitter_on_canvas_stretched_on_panel.60x90in.2012.FB.jpg
Ahkami_Negar_Retroactive Autorretrato_2013__Gesso, acrylic and glitter on canvas stretched on panel_48x66in_EMAILPROJECTORSRGB.jpg
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Ahkami_Negar.Coupling.gesso_and_acrylic_on_canvas_stretched_on_panel.84x60%22.2013.Final_Version.jpg
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The Consumption features a selection of exuberant paintings with bas-relief surfaces that depict a variety of figures in water. Ahkami’s water imagery is calligraphic and patterned, inspired by Iran’s blue-tiled mosques, which have been said to symbolize water and nature. The artist uses all-over patterning and water symbolism expressionistically, to convey a psychic loss of control...  In these intense yet playful works, water acts as a symbol...of struggle and passion. (Excerpt from Press Release

 

[Ahkami's] relief-like textures, and glazes of deep blues and pearlescent whites, borrow from Iran’s lusterware and molded-relief ceramics.  For Ahkami, the dynamic textures of these sources, and the obsessive, hand-made quality of the patterning, “carry the potential for a Persian-Islamic art that can be as emotive and personal as the exaggerated gestures and drips of Western expressionism.” (Excerpt from Press Release)

Although Ahkami is moving away from her overtly political work of the last decade, in a few works in the exhibition, she revisits her iconography of melting Persianate cityscapes spreading cartoonishly towards the viewer.  For Ahkami, this caricature of Iran’s regime, and of fears of its nuclear threat, is a product of consumption: “of media images that have distorted the view of Iran from a distance”.  Her recent returns to this theme are spectacles of pattern that shift between entrancing and cartoonish, with more fascination than angst. (Excerpt from Press Release) 

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