Amir Fallah – Dropping 10/26
Amir H. Fallah creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that utilize personal history as an entry point to discuss race, representation, the body, and the memories of cultures and countries left behind.
In 2009, the artist was chosen to participate in the 9th Sharjah Biennial. In 2015, Fallah received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. In 2019, Fallah’s painting Calling On The Past received the Northern Trust Purchase Prize at EXPO Chicago. In 2020, Fallah was awarded the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship and the Artadia grant. In addition, the artist had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, accompanied by a catalogue, and a year-long installation at the ICA San Jose.
He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad. Selected solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson; South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings SD; Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland OR; San Diego ICA; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland KS.
His work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Miami; Deste Foundation For Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Xiao Museum Of Contemporary Art, Rizhao, China; McEvoy Foundation For The Arts, San Francisco; Nerman Museum, Kansas City; SMART Museum of Art at the University of Chicago; Davis Museum, Massachusetts; The Microsoft Collection, Washington; Plattsburg State Art Museum, NY; Cerritos College Public Art Collection, CA; Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture, CA; and Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE.
Entering into a new phase of work, LA based artist Amir H. Fallah pulls from his own archive of paintings to produce works that exist solely in the digital realm, releasing his first ever NFT editions on the platform.
Portraits of veiled figures capitalize on ambiguity to skillfully weave fact and fiction, questioning how to create a portrait without representing the physicality of the sitter. While the stories that surround his subjects are deeply personal and are told through the intimate possessions they hold most dear, Fallah’s work addresses generational immigrant experiences of movement, trauma, and celebration. By appropriating elements of children’s book illustrations, advertising, art history and popular culture into his compositions, Fallah interrogates systems of representation embedded in the history of Western art. Images are flattened, layered, and stacked, calling attention to the psychological space of borders, identities, and histories. The lines between traditional painting and digital production become blurred beyond recognition. Through this process, Fallah employs nuanced and emotive narratives that evoke an inquiry about identity, the immigrant experience, and the history of portraiture.
Lumi– Dropping 10/27
Lumi is a Seattle-based digital artist who creates vibrant and imaginative dreamscapes inspired by the surreal and psychedelic qualities of life. Immersed in the nature, art, and culture of climes like Iceland and Scandinavia Lumi creates lush and vivid scenes that stimulate the senses and invigorate a passion for living and curiosity. Each piece is a unique expression created with the intent to uplift and inspire children of every age and background. With more than 5 billion views on GIPHY, 150,000 followers on Instagram, and clients like Louis Vuitton, Netflix, and Adobe Lumi is one of the foremost digital artists in the world.
In a few centuries’ time what will become of Earth? Our story? Our species? Serial NFT creator Lumi meditates on the story of humanity, past and future. In this delightfully disorienting series of artworks by one the internet’s most prominent and distinct creators, Lumi asks you to question the line between real and imaginary. Summoning imagery of ancient gods in a haunting yet reflective veneer of futurism, FutureForm places its viewers in scenes of surreal aesthetic and suspenseful beauty. The advent of crypto democratized access to art, but only collectors with eyes for the future will truly gain access to its intrigue.
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