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Regional Artist-In-Residence Amir H. Fallah


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until May 29, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

From "5 Works Of Art To See In San Diego In May" (KPBS)
Amir H. Fallah: 'First Person Shooter Game'
On view at Lux Art Institute

It's really easy to panic when I think about the messes I'll leave behind. How many unsorted pieces of mail, random keepsakes, unfinished home-repair projects or journals with barely-started ideas will someone find when cleaning up after me? But in a regional artist residency at Lux Art Institute, the Iran-born artist Amir H. Fallah has twisted this fear into something lovely. "First Person Shooter Game" is a large painting full of the wildly specific, intimate details he learned about someone's life just from the estate sale after their death. Scores of basketball trophies were inspired by pages from a left-behind diary, and balls of yarn and knitting needles (positioned in the foreground like video game controls) represent the unfinished knitting projects left in the home, and a veil pattern copied from handmade pillows. Motifs in Fallah's exhibition include detailed borders and touches that reference historical Persian art, and completely veiled figures — twisting the pursuit of identity in portraiture. And definitely get up close to those borders to see the gradient-like patterns.

"I'm interested in how objects can be charged with meaning and how people surround themselves with certain items as a way to hold onto, document, and preserve moments in their lives," Fallah wrote.

And while you're there, check out Baseera Khan's stunning exhibition in the separate building.

Details: Exhibition information. Viewable by appointment Thursday through Saturday 2 - 5 p.m. Through May 29, 2021. Free/donation based.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

About the exhibition:
On view now at the Linda Formo Brandes gallery at Lux Art Institute: Amir. H Fallah.

Fallah’s work is about the different stories that exist within immigrant identities. Fallah paints portraits depicting objects and fabrics that represent the identity of his subject. Leaving out facial features he creates a universal and gender-neutral body focusing on the cultural markers that represent the identity of his subject. Fallah's body of work expands upon a larger conversation about the hybrid immigrant identity within the United States.

Fallah was born in Iran, grew up in Virginia, and is now based in Los Angeles. He has shown both nationally and internationally at places such as MOCA Tucson, Tucson, AZ; Mykonos, Greece; Tel Aviv, Israel; Museum Of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York; San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA. His work is featured in public art collections such as the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL.

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