Nasim Hantehzadeh
October 24, 2019 | January 17, 2020

Nasim Hantehzadeh: The Rotating Raffle Drum
October 24, 2019 | January 17, 2020

Opening: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 8:00 pm

Páramo is pleased to announce The Rotating Raffle Drum, the first solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Nasim Hantehzadeh to be held at the galley.

In her art practice, Hantehzadeh continues to develop a significant visual language with painting and drawing elements such as forms, gestures, and colors that is under nonstop continuous evolvement. Her visual language emphasizes the sense of in-betweenness and the space of emptiness, where metamorphic forms co-exist.

The body of work presented in this exhibition was developed during the artist’s four months journey across the United States, from the West Coast to the East Coast. During her travels, notions such as the sense of belonging, location and the history of the location, and time were processed. In Hantehzadeh’s work, trusting in the stability of the meaning of her symbolism proves challenging for the viewer. Polymorphic forms represent multiple symbols at once as they are juxtaposed and placed in context to different parts of the rectangle. In the piece entitled Left Behinds, for instance, circular forms may represent eyes as they appear in the horizon, or become a military target or a mouth as they expand larger, while other times they highlight anuses as they appear around star shaped lines.

The title of the exhibition, The Rotating Raffle Drum, is metaphorically used by the artist to describe her approach to memories during her travels. She identifies a memory as a raffle ticket when the rotating raffle drum stops spinning and randomly reveals a ticket. During the process of making the works, memories are coded by forms, gestures, and colors, and are transformed to a story that each work carries inside.


About the artist

Nasim Hantehzadeh (b. 1988) was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and grew up in Tehran, Iran where she started her art education at the Art and Architecture Tehran Center University in 2007. Hantehzadeh moved back to the United States and continued her art studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she received her BFA in 2013. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries such as Lefebvre & Fils in Paris, France as well as galleries in Italy, Iran, and the United States. Hantehzadeh received Resnick Scholarship, D’Arsy Hayman scholarship in 2015, and UCLA Art council award in 2016, she is a current graduate student in the Painting – Drawing program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Work by the artist is held in private collections worldwide, including the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, USA; New American Paintings, Edition #135, USA; New American Paintings, Edition #129, USA; Diéresis Collection, Guadalajara, Mexico; GAIA Collection, Mexico; Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection, Mexico; Lynda and Stewart Resnick Collection, USA.

For further information, please contact: / +52 33 3825 0921.

Press enquiries: / +52 33 3825 0921.

Páramo would like to extend its gratitude to Tequila 1800 Cristalino and Cerveza Minerva for their collaborative support.

TAGS: #NasimHantehzadeh #TheRotatintRaffleDrum #Paramo