Too Khali (Void or Empty)

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Too Khali (Void or Empty)

Iran, Tehran, Iranian, 2011
Installation Art
Paper, neon
.1) Image: 43 1/4 × 43 1/4 in. (109.86 × 109.86 cm) .1) Sheet: 44 × 44 3/8 in. (111.76 × 112.71 cm) .2) Image: 43 1/4 × 43 1/2 in. (109.86 × 110.49 cm) .2) Sheet: 44 1/4 × 44 3/4 in. (112.4 × 113.67 cm) .3a) Neon sign: 20 × 25 3/4 × 1 1/2 in. (50.8 × 65.41 × 3.81 cm) .3b) Neon sign: 17 × 18 × 1 1/4 in. (43.18 × 45.72 × 3.18 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by Art of the Middle East: Contemporary (M.2013.161.1-.3)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Arash Hanaei has been participating in solo and group shows since 2002 when he received a BA in Photography from Azad University of Art, Tehran....
Arash Hanaei has been participating in solo and group shows since 2002 when he received a BA in Photography from Azad University of Art, Tehran. He was part of the groundbreaking exhibition 2009 "Iran Inside Out" at the Chelsea Museum, New York and his work has been shown at Art Dubai and Paris Photo. He concentrates mainly on his own creative form of documentary photography in which he captures his city—Tehran—all color removed except for the characteristic gray-green and blood red associated with Islamic institutions and the Iranian flag; he juxtaposes signs and billboards advertising western consumer goods with murals promoting the leadership of the Islamic Revolution. In this 3-part piece, Hanaei takes on the messaging of the neon signage whose garish colors mark the cityscape. Each part repeats a colloquial Persian expression Too Khalil meaning empty or void, as a reference and homage to the work of Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran’s greatest modern sculptors. Tanavoli is best known for his imaginative 3-dimensional renderings of the word heech, or nothingness, which not only helped to define the artistic generation leading up to the 1979 Islamic revolution but has continued to inspire the post-revolution generation.

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