Cosmos

"Cosmos" (work-in-progress), installation with archival newspaper, dimensions variable

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

Cosmos is an installation as part of a larger project, Rocket Rain (working title) to be exhibited as a solo exhibition in Human Resources in Los Angeles in November 2016.  The installation is comprised of (unsolved) crossword puzzles from the archives of Kayhan newspaper during the nine months of the Iran-Iraq War the artist’s mother was pregnant with her second child in 1986 in Tehran, Iran.

For the installation, the artist is seeking 3 large (about 4 ft x 8 ft) pieces of fine plexiglass or thin glass. Currently a resident at the Immigration/Emigration Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute the artist is in need of similar resources for an iteration of this installation at the gallery at SFAI.

Possible types of material to experiment with for this installation are large sheet of glass, plexiglass, frosted plexiglass or a mix of two or three of these material.

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Gelare Khoshgozaran is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and translator working across the mediums of video, performance, installation and writing. Born and raised in Tehran and living in Los Angeles, she envisions the city as an imaginary space between asylum as “the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee” and the more dated meaning of the word, “an institution offering shelter and support to people who are mentally ill.”Gelare is the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2015 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and the 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. She is the co-founder of contemptorary.

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