Paris

Hoda Kashiha, Dream Makes Cloud, 2018, oil, spray paint, and acrylic on canvas, 47 1⁄4 × 39 3⁄8". From “Oil of Pardis.”

Hoda Kashiha, Dream Makes Cloud, 2018, oil, spray paint, and acrylic on canvas, 47 1⁄4 × 39 3⁄8". From “Oil of Pardis.”

“The Oil of Pardis”

Balice Hertling | 239 Rue Saint-Martin

Organized by Hormoz Hematian, founder of Tehran’s Dastan Gallery and Dastan’s Basement, “The Oil of Pardis” drew from a rich vein of modern and contemporary painting in Iran. The title revealed a love for the country (pardis is Persian for “paradise”) and referred to both Iran’s petroleum industry and the chosen medium of many of the artists exhibited here. Sam Samiee, however, works in acrylic. The youngest of this multigenerational group of artists, Samiee contributed Mithra the Crucifier, Cyclonopedia, 2018, a work that combines images of carbon-fuels infrastructure with Zoroastrian symbolism. In this predominantly ocher landscape, a band of blue spray paint indicates a swath of sky. At the center, the deity Mithra appears in the form of a flower, blossoming over two oil derricks. The work refers to Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials (2008), an experimental

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