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Shirazeh Houshiary

Galleria Minini

These pieces by Shirazeh Houshiary, a young Iranian artist who works in London, are presented as “sculpture” in the traditional sense of the term. They tend toward closure, toward a formal autonomy independent of their surroundings; their direction is one of concentration rather than expansion. In their self-satisfaction they favor rounded, curved, full forms, with some schematic anthropomorphic references whose drama is smoothly resolved. The discourse on material is decidedly more interesting than that on structure. Houshiary works with an impasto mixture of mud and straw which enlivens his surfaces, giving them roughness and breaking the works’ excessively formal stance.

The pieces of straw seem like short directional arrows which, in their disorder, their multiplicity, and the interweaving of their paths, function to contradict the structures’ autonomy by suggesting the power of the

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