Work1 Title: Pool House Year: 2016 Materials: oil and acrylic on board Dimensions: H 36 W 36 D 0
Work2 Title: Domino Cubic Year: 2016 Materials: oil and acrylic on board Dimensions: H 36 W 36 D 0
Work3 Title: Smoke Under Water Year: 2016 Materials: oil and acrylic on board Dimensions: H 36 W 48 D 0
Work4 Title: Navy Yard Year: 2016 Materials: oil and acrylic on board Dimensions: H 36 W 36 D 0
Work5 Title: Highrise the Roof Year: 2016 Materials: oil and acrylic on board Dimensions: H 48 W 36 D 0
Influenced by my training in design and engineering, my work is an examination of how perceived notions of weight, density and inertia influence the conceptualization and subsequent projection of equilibrium in abstract compositions.
In my most recent work, I attempt to expand upon the contemporary tradition of making and un-making and to expose the blurred lines between evolution and decay. I not only use the current urban state of New York City, with its rapid growth and transformation, as reference but have also looked to ‘architecture under duress’, such as modes of destruction due to natural disasters and war, as a guide. Furthermore, I look to the construction site as an architectonic theater to further examine ideas relating to notional weight and austerity, material roughness and, in general, systems in entropy. With the help of reference sculptures, I formulate a path towards understanding how projections of such elements intuitively influence visualizations in painting. With the application of an iterative method, which includes installations and demolitions, ironically, we may find that the new represents a form of decay, itself.
Amir Hariri was born in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated to the U.S. to attend college in the early 1990′s. His broad academic and professional experiences and interests, which include professional degrees in design and management from Cornell and Harvard Universities, form an integral part of his highly analytical and disciplined art practice and vision. Amir spent over 10 years working on design projects ranging from airports, stadiums, concert halls and museums to award-wining glass designs, such as stairs for various Apple stores. In addition, Amir spent 5 years studying painting and printmaking at the Art Students League of New York, during which time he also served as a teaching assistant and as a member of the board of directors. His work incorporates this extensive professional background in design and engineering, together with rigorous studies of anatomy, into an organic, “bio-mechanical” unity. Amir has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, with pieces included in various public and private collections in the U.S, as well as Spain, Italy and Japan.
Place: Brooklyn, NY