Ali Banisadr / MATRIX 185
October 22, 2020 ‒ February 14, 2021
Occupying the “between space” of fantasies and dreams, Ali Banisadr’s lively paintings explore intangible worlds balancing figuration and abstraction, order and disorder, energy and entropy. The artist’s process is rooted in synesthesia—an internal response to sound that takes visual form as energy and rhythm in his painterly compositions. This creative approach began in Iran when he was a boy, in response to Iraqi bombings. Fleeing to Turkey, then California, and now living in New York, Banisadr’s life experiences have fueled his interest in different cultures, art history, and the current events that inform his art. Hallucinogenic or monochromatic color palettes heighten the drama of veiled masses in motion or commotion as if on a stage. He differentiates individual figures by pattern and style, variously applying paint with brushes, rags, and sticks. Like an all-seeing eye, Banisadr observes and considers societies past, present, and future and acts as a social critic on the human condition.
Art Basel Online Viewing Room Event
Recorded on June 20, 2020
Ali Banisadr and Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art Patricia Hickson discuss his new painting Red, alongside select works by Max Ernst, and Banisadr’s upcoming MATRIX exhibition.
Images from left: Ali Banisadr, Treasure, 2016. Oil on linen, 66 x 88 in. Private collection; Red, 2020. Oil on linen. 48 x 60 in. Courtesy the artist and Kasmin Gallery, New York.