RHYS Gallery at Art Dubai
RHYS Gallery presents a special project by Iranian artist Amir H. Fallah for the Art Dubai fair. Fallah will build a 10-foot structure on the grounds of the Madinat Arena, using local materials to shape the edifice and indigenous plants to populate the interior. Through his use of regionally specific items, Fallah creates a reflection of Dubai’s changing landscape. With a form that references the area’s futuristic architectural style, its haphazard design, typical to Fallah’s aesthetic, also takes into consideration the City’s relentless construction. The terrarium serves as both a comment on Dubai’s evolution and its endemic characteristics.
Amir H. Fallah’s fort-like terrariums are the result of a continually evolving interactive process. For previous projects the artist interviewed friends about memories of early romantic experiences, inviting them to participate by projecting self-portraits as cacti. Through invoking the failures, triumphs, and discomfort of the teenage love affair, Fallah exploits his anthropomorphic analogies to come to terms with the past. The enclosed landscape of potted succulents serve as a voyeuristic portrait gallery that protects the vulnerability of his subjects, despite their being exposed.
From large-scale canvases to multimedia installations, Fallah's work lies in an indefinable territory, traversing popular culture and traditional modes of visual expression, both conceptually and stylistically. Using acrylic, ink, and colored pencil on paper mounted to canvas, his paintings reference Persian miniatures by their ornate borders, which contain colorful scenes of desert landscapes dotted with indigenous plants and ramshackle dwellings. Highly saturated color and unpredictable compositions combine organic elements and concepts that deal with the natural world and our survival within it.
A graduate of UCLA's MFA program, Fallah is the founder of the independent publication Beautiful/Decay. Selected exhibitions include Nathan Larramendy, Ojai, The Third Line, Dubai, Lokaal 01 in the Netherlands, and the third L.A. Weekly Annual Biennial, Santa Monica.