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Maloney Fine Art is pleased to present “Germs on Sheets,” an exhibition of new paintings on linen, mixed media on paper as well as new porcelain “Flower” sculptures by Los Angeles artist Yassi Mazandi. This marks the artist’s second exhibition with the gallery. While Yassi’s inspiration has always principally come from nature, with its often symmetrical and replicating qualities, this exhibition is evidence of her similar fascination with the more organic forms which nature has to offer. The result is a body of work that, while rooted in nature’s order and symmetry, reflects many of the dynamic, vibrant, occasionally unexpected twists and turns that are inherent in biological matter.

The inspiration for this series came from a “hygiene horror stay” at a motel and led to a temporary engrossment, perhaps even obsession, with germs and their biological forms. Applying the principle of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” most of the materials to which she has applied her mixed media techniques and imagery are indeed recycled: vintage French linen bed sheets, vintage French linen pillowcases as well as Italian Army surplus linen “fart-sacks” (a military term for the mattress cover which envelops an army bed). The works on paper, executed with inks, dyes, watercolor and correction fluid, illustrate the artist’s fascination with amoebic structure.

The gallery will also present several signature hand carved porcelain sculptures, which the artist calls “Flowers.” These biologically inspired works seem simultaneously ancient and futuristic, mechanical and natural, masculine and feminine – with references to sacred geometry. Labyrinthine and seemingly engineered, these one-of-a-kind sculptures are created by applying manual cuts and bends to two-sided ceramic sculptures, handmade on a potter’s wheel. The process is entirely subtractive. Nothing is added. While these elemental and complex “Flower” forms are seemingly based on mathematical principles, they are not simply systematic, as the artist’s hand always intervenes, pulling, carving, finishing and layering.

Yassi Mazandi was born in Tehran, Iran, raised in Great Britain and lives and works in Los Angeles. She studied advanced photography and art in Oxford, England and sculpture and ceramics at Greenwich House Pottery, New York City. In 2012 she was an Artist in Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and other public and private collections here and abroad. 

Press Release: The Sacred Wheel

January 11, 2014

Maloney Fine Arts is pleased to present The Sacred Wheel, an exhibition of new ceramic sculpture and works on paper by Los Angeles artist Yassi Mazandi. Taking her cues from the symmetry and repetition of natural forms—petals, crystals, snowflakes, and skeletons—Yassi has created a personal structural vocabulary in clay with infinite compositional variations. These biologically inspired sculptures seem simultaneously ancient and futuristic, mechanical and natural, masculine and feminine—equally referencing sacred geometry, the art of Sri Yantras, crystal formation, bridges and fractal geometry.

Labyrinthine and seemingly engineered, these one-of-a-kind works were initially divined from thrown ceramic vessels, with manual cuts and bends in the pliable material resulting in rhythmic objects that have now evolved from recognizable vessels to monochromatic “foreign” objects displayed on vertical stands, cementing their status as sculpture in a wide variety of materials and scales. Titled Flowers, these elemental shapes and complex patterns are based on mathematical principles but they are not simply systematic as the hand of the artist always intervenes, pulling, carving, finishing and layering. One of the objects in this exhibition introduces a new process and medium—a geopolymer-based stone from the Dolomites, finished by hand—created in collaboration with a fabricator in Italy.

During her art residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Yassi took advantage of the opportunity to explore other media – namely, painting, printmaking, and photography—translating three-dimensional scans of her sculptures into two dimensions, which she calls sculptographs. She digitally manipulates aurasmic colors, in hues ranging from electric bright pink to midnight blue, and ultimately prints some on canvas and paper, some of which she works by hand, sanding and painting the surfaces. These shapes take on astronomical dimension in this form, appearing like generative novas or other cosmic events.

Yassi Mazandi was born in Tehran, Iran and lives and works in Los Angeles. She studied advanced photography and art in Oxford, England and sculpture and ceramics at Greenwich House Pottery, New York City. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in major private collections here and abroad. 

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