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Babak Golkar, Grounds for Standing and Understanding (detail), 2012, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Babak Golkar

The Libby Leshgold Gallery | Emily Carr University

Babak Golkar, Grounds for Standing and Understanding (detail), 2012, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Upon entering Vancouver-based artist Babak Golkar’s exhibition “Grounds for Standing and Understanding,” the visitor was greeted by a surfeit of blank walls: Numerous white partitions had been erected, dividing the gallery’s conventionally white shell in an unusual, concertinaed fashion. The spectator was required to proceed further into this field of blanks before the exhibition offered up any ostensible contents, but when it did, he or she was met with a familiar trope of Golkar’s recent work. In the rear of the gallery, white wooden sculptures resembling architectural models were laid on top of a Persian carpet. Golkar uses the geometric designs of these floor coverings as fantastical ground plans from which he extrudes sculptural forms reminiscent of early modern skyscrapers or the mammoth new constructions of Dubai.

Evidenced by a number of recent exhibitions, the Persian

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