Abbas Akhavan | study #3
2016 | ink on paper | 9” x 12”
study #3 was part of a series Abbas Akhavan completed while in residence at Fogo Island. Completing one ink drawing a day, Akhavan experimented in the potential of the media. study #3 is the prime example of the experimentation and underlying poetic treatment of the series. The softness of the media is contested, as bands of pigment stretch across the page they are obstructed, bent and folded. Its intimate scale and delicate treatment compliment Akhavan’s broader practice perfectly.
Abbas Akhavan is a Toronto-based and Tehran born artist recognized for his poetic, site-specific works and installations. His sculptural installations often draw on domesticated spaces – gardens, backyards; the home – to address issues of territoriality, colonisation, and migration. Akhavan received his BFA from Concordia University and his MFA from the University of British Columbia. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad, including variations on a garden, Mercer Union, Toronto; Turkey Green House, Western Front, Vancouver; Study for a Garden, the Delfina Foundation, London; and Material Information, Bergen Museum, Norway. Upcoming solo exhibitions are planned for Protocinema, Istanbul/New York, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, and Apartment Gallery, Vancouver. Akhavan is the recipient of Kunstpreis Berlin, Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts’ Artists Prize-Finalist, Abraaj Group Art Prize, and most recently, winner of the 2015 Sobey Award. This past summer her orchestrated a series of drag performances that took place at sunset over a number of evenings as part of STAGES: Drawing the Curtain.
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