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Haleh Redjaian, Untitled, 2015, lithograph and thread on handwoven carpet, 43 3/4 × 27 1/2".

Haleh Redjaian

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

Haleh Redjaian, Untitled, 2015, lithograph and thread on handwoven carpet, 43 3/4 × 27 1/2".

Like the work of her elders Nasreen Mohamedi and Zarina, Berlin-based Haleh Redjaian’s austere but playful abstractions exemplify an alternative Minimalist practice, one that simultaneously engages and troubles the grid, not wholly dismissing its potential for supporting and generating ornament and pattern, and that expresses the weight of memory and affect through the strategic use of reductive nonobjective forms. Including works in pen, graphite, paint, and gold leaf on paper, in thread on handwoven carpet, and spatial installations created using thread,“in-between spaces,” Redjaian’s solo debut in Dubai, presented a series of challenges to the grid’s orthogonal rigidity and absolute dominance as a fundamental structure of abstraction, a tool through which distinctions between figure and ground can be erased.

In many of Redjaian’s drawings, the grid provides the appearance of a

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