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

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Conversation Table
2018
Rational Design (Indigestion)
2017
Rational Design (Purple Pill)
2017
Rational Design (Purple Pill)
2017
Blockage
2018
Osmosis
2018

forthcoming exhibition

25 January – 9 March 2019

Amir Nikravan

selected press/news

[Untitled]

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

Conversation Table

2018Conversation Table: Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood | Pedestal: Modernist Closet / Plexiglass and Painted Wood36 x 72 x 12 in / 91 x 183 x 30 cm

Rational Design (Indigestion)

2017Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood 40 x 30 x 6 in / 102 x 76 x 15 cm

Rational Design (Purple Pill)

2017Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood | Pedestal: Modernist Closet / Plexiglass and Painted Wood64 x 72 x 12 cm / 25 1/4 x 28 3/8 x 4 3/4 in

Rational Design (Purple Pill)

2017Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood | Pedestal: Modernist Closet / Plexiglass and Painted Wood64 x 72 x 12 cm / 25 1/4 x 28 3/8 x 4 3/4 in

Blockage

2018Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood | Pedestal: Modernist Closet / Plexiglass and Painted Wood48 x 72 x 12 in / 122 x 183 x 30 cm

Osmosis

2018Acrylic on Canvas over Plaster and Wood 40 x 50 x 6 in / 102 x 127 x 15 cm