Past Exhibition / Laleh Khorramian
Zenith and Nadir
October 09 - November 06, 2008
Featured in Khorramian's second solo exhibition at the gallery, I Without End (6:20 min) is a time-lapse animation, which captures a couple carved out of orange peels, sensually entwined to one another. The couple are at times androgynous, coarsely comical but intensely engaged, their heads skewed in place with the visceral violence of a Francis Bacon painting.
The absurdity of the material as a sensual metaphor depicts the unfolding intimacy of two individuals. Upon close inspection and the alteration of time, the figures lie somewhere between the living and dying. They are essentially decaying to a rhythmical breath, engaged in movement until the moment all moisture is finally gone.
In other works on paper, Khorramian mono-prints and drawings in oil, crayon, collage, pen and ink are never too far removed from her animations, since they provide the fertile source material for them. In these works, microscopic, remote landscapes roll behind fragmented figures with narratives embedded again and again.