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RUBBER FACTORY is pleased to present an untitled solo exhibition of new works by Arash Fewzee spanning his experimental darkroom practice, sculpture, and site-specific installation.
Solo exhibition at RUBBER FACTORY opening November 17, 6 to 8 pm.
Arash Fewzee makes slow, physical photograms in the darkroom which have an irreproducible quality. A trained economist, Fewzee investigates self-sustaining modes of image-making; his images question the systems which drive the photographic surface by deconstructing darkroom materials and tools, often rendering them useless as pure aesthetic forms on his photograms. Integral to the Fewzee’s work is the way his oversized photograms convey the physical performance of making an image in the darkroom. The viewer is often complicit in the process as the glossy surface of the large photograms in either black lacquer or vibrant hues reflects their presence and entangles them with the representational plane of the photogram.
The gallery space is segmented by a wall of aluminum pegboards which serve to interrupt the architecture of the white cube. This pegboard material is directly transplanted from Arash’s studio and anchors his practice by serving as an upright working surface where he moves his photograms around and projects light onto them. As the exhibition progresses, Fewzee will add, subtract and re-arrange elements on the pegboards, mirroring the rhythm of his practice in the studio while blurring the lines between the static presentation space of the gallery and the fluid function of an active workspace.
Recent ceramic works extend Fewzee’s experiments with time, space and systems into more concrete forms. Made over the Summer of 2018, Fewzee’s mark-making assumes a ritualized format as each piece of ceramic represents a consecutive day of production.