Actual Size is pleased to present Renew, a light and sound installation by David Abir. Abir’s first solo gallery exhibition, Renew acts as a movement in his monumental project, Tekrar. Designed to emulate the anatomical structure of the human ear, Tekrar consists of numerous phenomenological environments and sculptures that employ synesthetic techniques to shape space and experience.
A narrow passage guides visitors through Renew, which is comprised of sound sculptures, photographs and installation. These objects moderate overlapping sound and spatial relationships that change with the progression of time. Engaging vocabulary pioneered by light and space artists like Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler, and James Turrell as a vehicle, David Abir uses sound, lighting, and basic construction materials to build a sense of external and internal space.
The Farsi word for “repetition,” Tekrar references cycles and strategies of Persian classical music. Renew’s sound environment is composed of digitally manipulated Brahms phrases, fragmented into three separate recordings that play simultaneously, generating a continuous and ever-changing composition. Although Abir has constructed many iterations of Tekrar, he composes a unique musical piece for each installation. The tone of the music then determines the hue of softly effusing light. The first generation of Tekrar was commissioned in 2005 for a group show in San Sebastian, curated by Octavio Zaya. The sculpture was then further refined in 2007 when exhibited at the Aldridge Museum of Contemporary Art. Tekrar Level Four (2009) was shown at Pulse Miami. For this exhibition, Abir worked with Gregory Smith to adapt photographs of Tekrar Level Four at Art Platform Los Angeles (2011). The installation at the LA Mart will be re-opened for viewing by appointment for the duration of the exhibition at Actual Size.
David Abir is an Iranian-American sculptor and composer. In addition to his own work, he has composed music and sound installations in collaboration with several artists, including Doug Aitken, Alfredo Jaar, Shirin Neshat, and Shahzia Sikander.
Gregory Smith, is a photographer and Director of Photography. Trained in photography, as well as documentary and feature filmmaking, he has developed a reputation for skillfully distilling a story into epic single frame installments. Smith recently shot the production stills for Director Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s, “On the Road”, and Director Roman Coppola's film, "A Brief Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.”
Gallery Hours: Sat- Sun 12:00- 5:00pm; Weekdays by appointment.
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