Bruno David is pleased to present Gummies Tame Stones, an exhibition of new paintings by Iranian Atlanta-based artist Sara Ghazi Asadollahi. This will make her second solo exhibition with the gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an in-depth exhibition history and bibliography.
“Alienation” is defined as "a withdrawing or separation of a person or a person's affections from an object or position of former attachment;" a detachment from the origin yet connected to it through invisible bonds, formally or conceptually. This body of work Gummies Tame Stones considers the concept of alienation and the dynamic between alienated objects and figures in empty spaces. Empty and abandoned spaces play a significant role in her work, featured through the media of painting, video, and sculpture.
Referencing an "original world," empty spaces provide a detachment from time and space and highlight the relationship between the objects within. The architectural forms in these paintings are painted from the sculpture pieces (made of cement and plexiglass) inspired by bunkers and abandoned places. Detached from their source, they represent fragments that simultaneously belong to the world of their origin and are torn from the real object of the derived milieu.
Alienation could happen in different stages of life due to some internal or external changes, a separation from self, family, society, or community. Whatever the reason, it creates a pause in the status quo and leaves a void in the psyche. The void which opens a space for the alienated objects to challenge, embrace and deal with the estrangement. The gap is created to be filled with the representation of fragments, vacillating between a passage to the future and a world of fetishes. Sara Ghazi Asadollahi holds a B.A. and M.A. in Iran and an M.F.A. degree from the Sam Fox School of Visual Arts & Design, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate (Film and Media Studies) at the Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.