About the artist

Amir Nikravan is an American artist of Iranian and Mexican descent. His hybrid objects, which fuse elements of painting, photography and sculpture, draw from a lineage of architecture that ranges from the Case Study modernist housing program, to the Orientalist public buildings of Edward Durell Stone, and the vernacular styles and finishes of the anonymous–often immigrant–builders of his native Los Angeles.

 

Centered around an interest in the politics of form - how form becomes a facade for meaning- and how it affects our understanding of surface, color, shape, architecture, and design, Nikravan’s most recent works employ the re-appropriation of Middle Eastern forms that have been filtered through the orientalist lens of Western Modernism. Triangulating between disparate coded styles and mediums, Nikravan’s objects work to challenge dominant formal meaning and destabilize a hierarchy that prioritizes one mode of form over all others, unearthing buried contradictions of a canon that has rarely been inclusive.

selected works

Double Aperture (Yellow Grey)
2019
Transmission (Red)
2019
Chain (Blue)
2019
Split Cell (Green Grey)
2019
Cell Division (Nude), 2019 Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood 121.9 x 127 x 30.5 cm 48 x 50 x 12 inches
2019
Succession (Violet Grey)
2019
Mechanism (Cool Grey)
2019
Mechanism (Warm Grey)
2019

current exhibitions

25 January – 28 February 2019

Amir Nikravan

Neutral Rainbow

Vigo Gallery

past exhibitions

14 – 17 February 2019

Johnny AbrahamsAmir Nikravan

ALAC Art Fair

selected press/news

Double Aperture (Yellow Grey)

2019Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood 182.9 x 61 x 30.5 cm / 72 x 24 x 12 in

Transmission (Red)

2019Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood 177.8  x 152.4  x 30.5 cm cm / 70 x 60 x 12 in

Chain (Blue)

2019Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood152.4 x 63.5 x 15.2 cm / 60 x 25 x 6 in

Split Cell (Green Grey)

2019Acrylic on canvas over plaster and wood 88.9 x 61 x 13.3 cm / 35 x 24 x 5 1/4 in

Cell Division (Nude), 2019 Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood 121.9 x 127 x 30.5 cm 48 x 50 x 12 inches

2019Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood 127  x 121.9 x 30.5 cm / 50 x 48 x 12 in

Succession (Violet Grey)

2019Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood 134.6 x 127 x 30.5 cm / 53 x 50 x 12 in

Mechanism (Cool Grey)

2019Acrylic on canvas over plaster and wood48 x 48 x 6 in / 122 x 122 x 15 cm

Mechanism (Warm Grey)

2019Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood 152.5 x 88.9 x 15.2 cm / 60 x 35 x 6 in