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FARZAD KOHAN

Farzad Kohan’s sculptures and paintings explore themes such as love, migration, and identity, and often incorporate appropriated media and found objects. Partially inspired by his personal history and surroundings, Kohan places an emphasis on form, allowing the successive stages of art making to become analogous to diasporic experience, as diverse, sometimes opposing, elements are sampled, brought together, and accumulated. These visible stages are integral parts of each finalised work. Kohan’s formalistic process is revealed, for example, as he layers then strips his abstract works through painting, collage, décollage, and sanding, creating built-up yet weathered surfaces that are at once chaotic and methodical. Allusions to the passage of time, gradual transformations, and hidden narratives are found in the tactile details of his treated panels.

 

Alongside his sculptures and paintings, Kohan has experimented with installation, and also maintains a large body of works on paper that he expands on a daily basis. Although Kohan’s ink drawings reflect similar themes, their figures signal a representational departure for the artist, as the thin, black outline of a recurring man is delicately rendered and accentuated with Persian letters and numbers in addition to other enigmatic symbols.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2013 The Passage of Time, Ayyam Gallery, DIFC, Dubai, UAE

2006 Pending Perception, Seyhoun Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016

Is It in the Middle? Mim Gallery, Los Angeles

2015

Art Brief : Iranian Contemporary Los Angeles, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles (Curators: Peter Frank, Roshi Rahnama)

Light as Form, Ayyam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Opening Up: 9 Artists from Iran, Francis Boeske Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2011

Create:Fixate, Los Angeles, California (Curator: Michelle Berc)

Fine Persian Masters, Abra Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

2008 Element, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California, USA

Z Design Studio, Los Angeles, California, USA

Open Studio, Brand Library & Art Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Body of Art, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curators: Jazmin Ferrari and Terri Anderson)

Lovers Ritual, Gallery W13, Los Angeles, California, USA

Figure it Out, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

2007

The Human Element, Brand Library & Art Center, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curator: Cathy Billings and Alyssa Resnick)

Reunion, Create:Fixate, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curator: Michelle Berc)

Brand 36: Works on Paper - Secrets & Confessions, Brand Library & Art Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Open Call, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Open Studio, Brand Library & Art Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Black and White Photography, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Migration Study, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curator: Gita Meh)

Echo Chambers, Art Share, Los Angeles, California, USA Mixed Feelings, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Drive By, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curator: Liza Simons)

Create:Fixate, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curator: Michelle Berc)

2006

Plural Expression, J. Ferrari Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curator: Eduardo Bonilla)

TARFEST, Los Angeles, California, USA

Fix/Escape, ADM Project Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curated by The Pandemonium Collective)

Enigma...Healing...Revelation, Union Art Space, Santa Ana, California, USA (Curator: Andrew Lo Russo)

Element, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California, USA Simply Red, dA Center for the Arts, Pomona Art Colony, Pomona,

California, USA

All You Can Eat, Popztlan Gallery, Pomona Art Colony, Pomona, California, USA

2005

Images of Peace, A Shenere Velt Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curator: Judith Schoenbaum)

Open Call, José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Brentwood, California, USA Religion and its Elements in Art, Evart Gallery, Los Angeles, California,

USA

2004 Open Call, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Create:Fixate, Los Angeles, California, USA (Curator: Michelle Berc)

2003 Replacing Violence with Art, Irvine Civic Center, Irvine, California, USA

2002

Pierce Art Festival, Pierce College, Los Angeles, California, USA 2001

The Iranian American Public Library, Los Angeles, California, USA

Replacing Violence with Art, Anti Violence Campaign, Los Angeles, California, USA

Selected list of Collections

Homa Sarshar, Brentwood, California,

Roshi Rahnama , Pacific Palisades, California

Sunny Ravanbach, Santa Monica, California

Warner Bros. Worldwide Marketing TV, Los Angeles, California

 

Residencies and Workshops:

2009 - present, Children’s Creative Art: Painting and Drawing, Glendale,

Los Angeles, California, USA

Presentations

2015 Panelist, Advocartsy, Art Brief, Contemporary Iranian Los Angeles

2003 Artist Talk, Society of Iranian Visual Artist, Los Angeles, California

 

Publications:

2014 Contemporary Iranian Art: From the Street to the Studio, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Author: Dr. Talinn Grigor)

2009 Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi, The Iran Heritage Foundation, London, UK

 

Auctions:

Christie’s Dubai 2013

Young Collector’s Auctions, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai 2012-2015