Capitalizing on the pivotal year of both her birth and the Iranian Revolution – 1979, Taravat Talepasand’s upcoming exhibition “Made in Iran, Born in America” continues her exploration of state control, pop cultural obsession and youth rebellion as they pollinate back and forth across cultural boundaries. From denim jackets to neon signs, rugs made in Iran and paintings made in San Francisco – Talepasand will create a materially diverse body of work to investigate notions of blasphemy and human agency as they weave throughout American and Iranian culture.
For nearly twenty years Adam Feibelman has devoted himself to creating intricately hand cut stencil and cut paper works that depict both the chaos and quiet of San Francisco’s iconic streets. While past works have seen Feibelman functioning as a sort of 21st-century Robert Bechtle, his latest body of work has provided an explosion for the artist in terms of his material processes and approaches to making. As a means of both commenting on and trying to better understand domestic and international discussions concerning immigration, Feibelman has taken to centering his whole practice on the topic. Recent projects range from the artist travelling to Arizona to traverse trails crossing the border while leaving water for beleaguered migrants, while working conversely on a monumental stencil work that depicts a 17th century Persian rug as a meditation on the antiquity’s movement through empires and across borders.