Aryana Minai: The Dirt That Binds Me

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6830 Santa Monica Boulevard, CA 90038, Los Angeles, United States
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Aryana Minai: The Dirt That Binds Me

Los Angeles

Aryana Minai: The Dirt That Binds Me
to Sat 10 Oct 2020
Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

Steve Turner presents The Dirt That Binds Me, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based Aryana Minai that features new abstract paintings that are composed of recycled paper and inspired by the patterns and textures of Islamic and vernacular architecture that she experienced during her childhood in Iran.

Artworks

Release The Held and Hold The Built I, 2020

Dyed handmade paper
54 x 32 inches (137.2 x 81.3 cm)

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Release The Held and Hold The Built II, 2020

Dyed handmade paper
56 x 28 inches (142.2 x 71.1 cm)

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Release The Held and Hold The Built III, 2020

Dyed handmade paper
54 x 34 inches (137.2 x 86.4 cm)

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Front and Above II, 2020

Dyed handmade paper on resin
53 x 54 1/2 inches (134.6 x 138.4 cm)

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Meet Me in The Middle, 2019

Acrylic and paper on loose canvas
72 x 102 inches (182.9 x 259.1 cm)

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The Weight Above an Arch, 2020

Dyed handmade paper
51 x 41 inches (129.5 x 104.1 cm)

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Down the street or Across the World, 2020

Dyed handmade paper
52 x 43 inches (132.1 x 109.2 cm)

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Echo IV, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo XV, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo XI, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo II, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo III, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo XIV, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo VIII, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo V, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo XVII, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo XVI, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo VI, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo XIII, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo XII, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo XIX, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Echo X, 2020

Dyed handmade paper in artist frame
16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm)

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Front and Above I, 2020

Dyed handmade paper on resin
53 x 53 inches (134.6 x 134.6 cm)

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Nine octagon shells, 2019

Acrylic and plaster on canvas
15 x 11 3/4 inches (38.1 x 29.8 cm)

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Minai recalls many family excursions to historic architectural monuments throughout the country. Old palaces in Isfahan or Shiraz decorated with tiles, bricks, reliefs and wallpaper remain vivid in Minai’s memory and are a critical link to her past. She also acknowledges the importance of seeing craftspeople at work on her frequent walks between home and school in Tehran. Carpet weavers, illuminators of Persian miniatures, potters, calligraphers and artisans of Khatam-Kari (geometric inlay in bone and wood) were wonderful distractions to her and they inform her creative processes to this day. Minai favors materials that have a past life and can be recycled into something new. Many of her new works are made from recycled scraps of paper supplied by friends–paper plates and cups from social gatherings and protest meetings–as well as her own daily accumulation that she breaks down into pulp. Found bricks are then used as tools to emboss the dyed pulp as it dries and the final works are mounted to the screens that she used to make the pulp. The embossing is akin to the marks absorbed by buildings, the imprints of our existence.

Aryana Minai (born 1994, Los Angeles) moved with her family to Tehran when she was five months old. The family returned to Southern California when Minai was fifteen and she subsequently earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (2016) and an MFA from Yale (2020). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Perrotin, New York; Arvia, Los Angeles and Ed Varie, New York. This is her first exhibition at Steve Turner.

Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles

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