Laleh Khorramian was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974. She lives and works in New York. In 1997, Khorramian received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to earn an MFA from Columbia University, New York, in 2004. Khorramian’s animations resemble paintings that are experienced temporally. With each piece, a story unfolds in an elaborate fantasy realm that is at once as theatrical and cinematic as it is painterly. Khorramian’s work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California, in 2007; the 2nd Moscow Biennial in 2007; and the group exhibition Greater New York 2005 at P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center. Her short animation, I Without End, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 in the New Frontier Shorts section. She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Agnes Martin Award.
Lisi Raskin + Kimberely Kay: MotorPark
June 13—October 6, 2012
MotorPark is the first collaboration between Kimberly Kay and Lisi Raskin. The object itself will take the form of an eccentrically modified school bus replete with a wood burning stove and other flourishes that draw a connection to the home, the exhibition space, and the mobile, communal activity center. The initial design and build out phase of the object is set to take place during the summer at the ICA at MECA&D. Throughout this initial process of construction, MotorPark will be the backdrop for film screenings, lectures, and other community-based arts initiatives. Once road ready, MotorPark will be a mobile hub around which Lisi and Kim will stage art shows, lectures, film screenings, studio based classes, and other programming that they will initiate through an open-call proposal system.
About the Work
Laleh Khorramian’s Water Panics in the Sea is the fourth in a series of films by the artist that is based on the five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and ether. The film follows a sea vessel as it traverses the ocean waters through an accelerated and indistinct chronology. The hallucinatory and oneiric voyage of bizarre landscapes and occurrences explores the dichotomies of the artificial as real and the real vs. the imagined. Khorramian combines stop-motion animation, magnification of her monotypes, along with collages and live-action film. The soundtrack, created through a similar process of layering, sampling and selecting, creates a theatrical framework that underscores the epic, the absurd and the seemingly invisible.
This work has previously been shown at: SITE Santa Fe’s Eighth International Biennial Exhibition and in solo exhibitions at both the Saint Louis Art Museum and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY.
This exhibition has been generously supported by the Quimby Family foundation and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.