Shirazeh Houshiary

Jul 24, 2012


Shirazeh Houshiary’s work mediates between presence and absence, being and not-being. Utilising various media … painting, sculpture and animation, Houshiary’s work strives to capture the intangible essence that underlies existence.

Her compositions of finely wrought skeins of pencil and pigment, armatures of aluminium, or fleeting digital apparitions, evoke impossible topographies: the microscopic or cosmological. Though elusive and visually confounding, these works are invested with an energy that, while exposing the limits of human perception, register as an intensely physical presence. Houshiary’s paintings both insist on and deny being read. Beginning with a black or white aquacryl ground, she uses pencil to inscribe layers of text derived from two words – one an affirmation, the other a denial – crushed upon one another until transformed into intricate webs and diaphanous veils, which are then laced with bursts of pigment.

Lisson Gallery

June 6th – July 27th, 2012
Via Zenale 3
Milan 20123