“The new continents are built out of the ruins of an old planet....” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841
Tony Wight Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition of work by Nazafarin Lotfi. The exhibition includes recent paintings, sculptures and drawings.
Lotfi’s most recent work employs a minimized color palette and uses everyday structural materials, such as staples, fishing line, vinyl, and fencing. Her materials often do double-duty: a metal utility fense used as a stencil for spray painting will also become the support for a free-standing sculpture. In her process, even finished works can become the basis for another painting or sculpture. As Lotfi described, “Painting are the world for the sculptures to exist in.
Lotfi previously embedded narrative into her objects, but more recently she has been working in the opposite way, pushing her surfaces and objects until they let go of their stories. From her earlier study of architecture, she hs a continued interest in doorways and passageways as markers of distance. These spaces are invitations towards an unknown and their position is evident in the transitivity of her materials, mediums, and processes, where one begins to behave line another.
Nazafarin Lotfi (Iranian, b. 1984) received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and her BA from the University of Tehran in 2007. Lotfi’s work has been included in group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including South Korea, Hungary, and Iran. Recent exhibitions include Cloud Gate at Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY; Untitled Document at Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, IL; In Between at Autumn Space, Chicago, IL; Faux-Cult at NoGlobe, Brooklyn, NY. Her work is in Into the Surface, a group exhibition at Brand New Gallery, Milan.