Abdolreza Aminlari, Benjamin King


March 7th - April 25th, 2014

Longhouse Projects is pleased to present concurrent exhibitions of new works by Abdolreza Aminlari and Benjamin King. 

Aminlari uses thread to draw on and into paper exploring physical as well as subconscious territory. His interest lies in the repetitive nature of the act of sewing and the domesticity that comes along with this process. There is a simultaneous duality of thoughtfulness and absentmindedness. The results are Structures and Landscapes reduced to abstract forms, apparently suspended in movement, void of any pictorial reality. 

King’s pictures seem to fail as landscapes while succeeding as abstractions. He mimics the texture of forests, mountains, rivers by building up layers and washes of paint. The works are expressionistic, simultaneously polarizing abstraction and representation, while depicting scenes of undeterminable location and the lack of human presence.

On the evening of March 26th Longhouse Projects will present a special performance and installation: “Gesang an das noch namenlose Land.” A new composition for string trio by Katharina Rosenberger performed by the Mivos Quartet with tapestries by Abdolreza Aminlari. 

Abdolreza Aminlari b. 1979, Tehran, Iran, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. His work has been shown at Derfner Judaica Museum, New York and KVKM Kunstverein, Cologne. In 2012, he participated in the SIM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland. Most recently, Aminlari collaborated with composer Katharina Rosenberger on “Anima Trianguli,” a performance commissioned by Gare du Nord, Basel, which traveled to Eglise St. Foy, Sélestat and Schlosskirche, Pforzheim.

Benjamin King b. 1977, Durham, North Carolina, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Benjamin King holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Chicago. King’s participated in the Brucennial 2012. His work has been shown in galleries internationally. He is one half of HKJB, a curatorial project co-founded in 2009 with Jay Henderson that was included in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces 1960-2010