Interactive works and paintings

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Interactive works and paintings
Curated by: Lydia Takeshita

120 Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
February 1st, 2012 - February 29th, 2012
Opening: February 5th, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

downtown/east la
Wed-Sun 12-5
mixed-media, landscape, modern, sculpture


What is most exciting about artist, Simon Rahimian is viewing works on canvas that are informed by a natural intelligence with the visual language. Through vigorously worked out visual and spatial concepts, Rahimian notably pursues his work with an ethic of morality and delight, as if he desires for the viewer to be only left with deft compositions reveling in a cacophonous movement of variation and intersection within explorations of color and form.

Rahimian has lived throughout his life with the necessity to negotiate life through a visual medium in order to buffer a sometimes tumultuous reality. Before fleeing Iran during its revolution in the late-seventies, he was teaching art in universities after having returned from Europe where he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Superior College of Decorative Arts in Brussels. There he sought deeper connections with photography and film, though he remained a firmly grounded in painting.

Recalling his international experiences from Los Angeles, his home of over twenty-five years, he regards the challenges he faced amidst cultural and political turmoil as opportunities to educate himself and become sensitive toward different cultural perspectives. He believes however, that there are universal principles common to humanity and creativity, stating that the real power to express ourselves, "mainly depends on our awareness of his freedom and his capacity to reject more and more of the cultural barriers that block his deeper vision."

The works of Los Angeles artist and designer, Moshe Elimelech brings the viewer directly in touch with pure elements of color, movement, form, pattern and design. Elimelech's  works are both painting and kinetic sculpture consisting of grids of cubed blocks on whose six planes are schematically painted - on one side; gradient sky hues and on another, noodling lines. These are just two energetic examples encompassing Elimelech's strict visual palette.

The power of Elimelech's works are in the offer they turn over to viewers, to rearrange their pieces, and engage with an overall structure. Within this activity, the viewer participates in his or her own creative decision-making process, as a result of the artist's refined technique and artistic command. Elimelech's works function as works of art as well as a tool: We're not sure how to approach them yet we are nearly taken aback that an artist would ask us to touch and rearrange his work! One can only now imagine the pleasure and delight that follows from this chaotic scene, as we go from passive observer to overjoyed, active participant.

Moshé Elimelech was exposed to the artistic process by observing his father’s technique as a master craftsman. He began his course of study at the Avni Art Institute in Israel and then went on to study at The Polytechnic Institute of Design in Tel Aviv. After two and a half years in the Army working as an Art Director for the Israeli Army Publication House, Maarachot, Elimelech went on to Paris where he assisted the internationally known artist Yaakov Agam.