Angela Valamanesh & Hossein Valamanesh: New Work - Art Collector

Angela Valamanesh, The space between things: Remembering Mary Delany 3, 2016. Acrylic paintand various papers on board, 124 x 102cm. Courtesy of The Artist and Gag Projects, Kent Town.

Angela Valamanesh’s work is both familiar and mysterious: recognisable, but not immediately understood. Her drawings, ceramic objects, and watercolours are the result of an incredible depth of research, referencing complex scientific, historic, and philosophical ideas. Valamanesh’s imagery stems from micro- and macro-biology, historic anatomical and botanical illustrations, natural history collections, and rare books. Valamanesh’s oeuvre is populated with the animal, vegetable, and mineral with glimpses of microbes, bacteria, pathogens, and spores.

Ambiguity triumphs over clear narrative drive. This is not a clear-cut celebration but is an expression of inquisitiveness, one that is compelled by botanical, anatomical and medical imaging and imagining. This is united with other knowledge, of ourselves and our yet still mysterious bodies. - Tanya Court, Everybody’s Everything: Insect/Orchid catalogue essay, 2017

Hossein Valamanesh, In between, 2017, ornamental pear, 247 x 46 x 34 cm, photo by M Kluvanek. Courtesy of the Artist and Gag Projects, Kent Town.

Hossein Valamanesh’s works make poetry of existence, nature, place and time - arranging natural elements – branches, seeds, foliage, bark, wood, earth, ladders and found objects from domestic life – in refined, compositions. There is a high degree of finish and neatness that can sometimes deflect the actual latent emotional content inside. His corpus is infused with gentle humanity. Artists who have followed his career speak of each new show being like an episode of a major epic poem cycle, part of a continuous whole. He has produced major public sculptures in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh and worked in several fields including set design and more recently video.

In Art Monthly (Oct 2017), Andrew Purvis writes "another refrain of Valamanesh’s practise is the entangling of his two homelands, juxtaposing the intricate ornamentation and patterning of Islamic art with natural elements sourced from his (Adelaide) garden and surrounding suburbs."

Exhibition Opens: Wednesday 29 November 2017
Exhibition Closes: 22 December 2017
Location: GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, 39 Rundle Street, Kent Town, SA 5067
Website: www.gagprojects.com.
Contact: +61 8 8362 6352
Email: gag@greenaway.com.au
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