Ghazel Abassalian: A Grain of Wood Opening reception: Friday September 12, 7 pm – 1 am
Exhibition dates: September 13-October 10, 2014
Presented in conjunction with Swarm, Annual festival of artist-run culture.
In this series of sculptural wood compositions Ghazel Abassalian explores the innate beauty of the material. Through periods of concentration studying found wood pieces, Abassalian slowly adds elements of colour and arranges the sculptures by paying particular attention to the formal qualities of shape, colour and wood grain. For Abassalian these works have been a way of 'landing' in a new city and re-evaluating her often dramatic work of the past.
Born in Tehran, and raised in the Netherlands, Ghazel Abassalian completed her BFA at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy with a major in Video art in 2009. Post graduation, she began exhibiting internationally, including a solo exhibition called, Between the Fools Paradise and Physical Existence at Nouvell Organon, in Paris (2011) and group exhibitions in Berlin, London and Amsterdam. During these postgraduate years Abassalian's work revolved around the contemporary struggle of the conceptual artist and the dichotomy that exists in the extremes of 'GENIUS' and 'failure' within the art world. Working often in video or instillation and utilizing extensive costumes and sets, Abassalian would transform herself into that of the 'Art Star', 'shitting diamonds' and turning everything she touches into art.
After relocating to the much more quiet Vancouver, British Columbia, Abassalian finds her work taking on new forms that reflect a search for simplicity and balance that she sees in the city and wilderness of this area.
This exhibition has been graciously sponsored by Cariboo Brewing.