Salon: Mojé Assefjah and Yang Yeung

When 6 Aug 2013
Where International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP)
1040 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
United States
Enquiry 718.387.2900

Yang Yeung. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, August 6 2013, 6:30pm

Mojé Assefjah

Mojé Assefjah will discuss her interest in uncovering landscapes in her work. By applying multiple thin layers using the almost-forgotten egg tempera technique and India ink, the artist produces color effects that evoke Italian frescoes of the early Renaissance.

In her paintings, Mojé Assefjah develops her own distinctive visual language. The broad, arching bands of color exploit the picture space in all directions and the brush strokes entwine themselves delicately yet dynamically across the picture carrier with characteristic chromaticity, becoming denser and overlapping as they lead the viewer’s gaze to deeper levels. By applying multiple thin layers using the almost-forgotten egg tempera technique and India ink, the artist produces color effects which evoke the Italian frescoes of the early Renaissance. The lush hues of the darker loops in the foreground of the picture contrast with the chalky tonality of the background. Although the artist is committed to non-representative painting, her pictures nonetheless convey a feeling of spatiality and conjure up associations with landscapes. Assefjah’s pictorial worlds are characterized by lightness and structural density, with the alternation of transparency and opacity, daytime and darkness creating a mysterious and atmospheric quality.

Mojé Assefjah (born 1970 in Tehran) moved to Munich, Germany where she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts 1999. She was awarded for Fine Arts of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, as well as the annual scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a residency in Rome. Recent exhibitions include Down To The River, Galerie Graf & Schelble, Basel; Art Dubai, Gallery Tanit, Beirut, 2013;  Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg, 2012; A vista d’ occhio, Galerie Tanit, Munich, 2011; Water for my flower…, Espace Kettaneh Kunigk, Beirut, 2010 and L’ Iran sans frontières,  Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, 2009. Assefjah is represented  by Gallery Tanit, Munich/Beirut; Gallery Graf & Schelble, Basel and Gallery Nanna Preußners, Hamburg.

Yang Yeung

Yang Yeung will discuss her tri-fold practice: running the non-profit organization Soundpocket, independent curating and editing and independent publishing for artists.

She runs the non-profit art organization Soundpocket, whose mission is to promote listening and sound as artistic practices. At Soundpocket, Yeung manages, organizes, curates andwrite essays on art and its relation to society.

Yang Yeung stumbled upon art in Hong Kong by accident. In 2008, she founded the non-profit art organization Soundpocket, an incubator and inquirer of the art of sound in Hong Kong. As director of Soundpocket, she manages, organizes, curates, and edits. She engages in the same activities independently, and is particularly concerned with the legitimacy of institutions regulating art and culture in Hong Kong. She realizes as she works that it is necessary to sustain critiques against authorities that promote domination. Yeung teaches classics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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