“Chaos And Awe”, multi-artist exhibit
“The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere”, Afruz Amighi
Really incredible presentations at @fristartmuseum. Asking the BIG questions (about global instability, multiculturalism, globalism, refugee migration, the healing power of collaboration, and so much more) through art.
We added “what is this made of?” (after seeing a painting made of soap and another overlaid with embroidery), “what happens if we look closer?”, and “where is this artist from?” (due to the multi-cultural array of artists on display, from countries including Iran, Iraq, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to our usual art conversation starters.
Vivi turned the tables on me from our last few art museum visits by asking “dad, how does this one make YOU feel?” on multiple occasions.
The last photo features @beardediris ”Chaos Theory”, a delicious IPA inspired by the exhibit.
This metal sculpture, We Wear Chains, in #FristAmighi represents a series of women, their bodies now rendered in full, beneath a rolling thunder cloud. Expanding her visual lexicon more broadly than ever before, the artist cites ancient Greek vases and Roman statues, depictions of chained slaves in American antebellum engravings, African and Oceanic sculptures, and art deco style as sources. Bound together and pierced by arrows, the lithe women are otherworldly, bearing features of both angels and demons, human and animals. This new procession calls to mind the recent Women's Marches around the world, but Amighi's disparate women are not united in a common cause. She describes them as having no known origin or destination. With this sculpture, Amighi looks beyond both the past and the present to ask, what is our future? #FristArtHighlight#FristAmighi#AfruzAmighi
Special thanks to the SunTrust Foundation, Friends of Contemporary Art, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts
Head to the Frist Museum to see The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere by Afruz Amighi and Chaos & Awe: Painting for the 21st Century through Sept 16th. Amazing exhibitions! #fristartmuseum#afruzamighi#art
NOW OPEN! The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi presents recent sculptures and drawings by the critically acclaimed artist @afruzamighi, who was born in Iran in 1974 and has lived in the United States since 1977. Using light and dark as her primary medium and telling stories in shadows, she creates sculptures made of industrial materials commonly found on urban construction sites. When illuminated, the sculptures defy their humble origins and mimic the effect of more decadent luxury objects, such as chandeliers, jewelry, and Persian metalwork. Full video available on our website: fristartmuseum.org (link in profile) #FristAmighi#AfruzAmighi#metalart#drawwithmetal#drawinspace#thefrist
Great news: @fristartmuseum in #Nashville opened today a new #exhibition of one of the artists we exhibit in our gallery. 'The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi' presents a selection of recent #drawings and #sculptures , taking inspiration from Persian, Gothic and art deco #architecture . In her artistic work, Afruz Amighi frequently engages with the nuances of her mixed, Iranian-American heritage, its implications, and current political events. The artist is devoted to using light and dark as her primary media.
The show is on display until 16th September.
Image: Afruz Amighi, 'Forest', 2015,
Steel, fiberglass mesh, chain and LED lights,
36 x 264 x 152 cm
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Friday, July 27, 6-9pm, will be the first of our revamped Frist Friday performance series featuring singer-songwriter Adia Victoria, poet Ciona Rouse, composer Darius Jamal VanSluytman, and artist-led programs with Afruz Amighi and James Perrin! Inspired by the exhibitions "Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century" and "The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi," the evening will offer visitors opportunities to experience art in new and unexpected ways with live performances, interactive gallery activities, and food and drink specials. Make plans to join us the end of July! #FristFridays#FristChaosAwe#AdiaVictoria#FristAmighi#AfruzAmighi#JamesPerrin#music#art#poetry 📸 @patricesharon
Featuring the exhibition of the #Iranian#artist , 'The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere', on view in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery from June 22 to September 16, 2018.
The exhibition showcases artworks of the #American -#Iranian#artist#AfruzAmighi , expressing the actual moment of her life in which she is confronting the current socio-political moment in the United States and her experience and concerns as a person living there. #Socool !! https://goo.gl/xGFCJW
"I’m one of those artists that doesn’t do variations on a square for 1 years. I’m constantly changing my materials, I’m constantly working with different concepts.” — (Afruz Amighi for Kayhan Life, 2017)
@afruzamighi (born 1974, Iran) is a sculptor and installation artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Make sure not to miss her masterpiece 'Head Feather I, Head Feather II' which is currently exhibited in booth C12 at @artdubai. The exhibition will close on the 24th of March, so hurry up!
Image: Afruz Amighi, 'Head Feather I, Head Feather II', Steel, fiberglass mesh, light, chain, 145 x 122 x 51 cm (left), 158 x 160 x 51 cm (right), 2017.
‘The sea change in atmosphere over the past year has brought an urgency to my work and with it has brought me back to the portrait, the figure’’ says Amighi in reference to her drawings. [Image: Afruz Amighi, Knife Girl II, 2017, Graphite on Mylar, 91.4 x 60.9 cm]
@artasiapacific recently released an article featuring our current show #Echo ’sChamber. Read the article on our website by clicking the link in the bio. [Image: Afruz Amighi, The Arrow, 2017, Steel, fiberglass, mesh, chain and light, 119.4 x 71.1 x 38.1 cm]