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View of “Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian,” 2014.

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

View of “Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian,” 2014.

The sensory overload produced by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian’s exhibition “The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine” was immediate. There was work everywhere, from paintings, collages, and videos to assemblages and sculptures, arranged within a number of partitioned spaces that divided the gallery floor, which was painted with a black-and-white triangular pattern that evolved into colorful floral forms and other more organic-looking motifs as it snaked around the gallery. On this writer’s visit, the sound of Nancy Argenta performing Henry Purcell’s “O Solitude, My Sweetest Choice”—one of many songs that played throughout this exhibition’s duration—added to the melancholic, baroque overtones of what effectively constituted a Gesamtkunstwerk that represented a strange and decadent palatial home. This feeling was underscored by Rokni

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