Ghada Amer, Reza Farkhondeh & Collaborative Work / No Romance

About

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg is pleased to present No Romance, a three person-exhibition featuring individual works by Ghada Amer, Reza Farkhondeh and collaborative work by the two artists.

Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh met in art school in Nice in 1988. They both moved to New York in 1996 where they established studios in Harlem. The collaborative works between Amer and Farkhondeh started by accident in the early 2000s. “I began to paint on canvasses that Ghada was preparing for her work,” explained Farkhondeh in an interview with Martine Antle in the catalogue for The Gardens Next Door at Galeria Filomena Soares in Lisbon, 2010. “I would apply acrylic paint using masking tape. That was the beginning of new experimentation and of new discoveries… A little later I began to [make] watercolours and this time Ghada intervened on them… And gradually we created together a body of works on paper… One of the secrets is coming to appreciate sharing territory without destroying harmony and not thinking of establishing one’s ego as the sole winner in the collaborative work.” Their collaborative process involves passing the drawings back and forth until each artist is creatively satisfied. The show at Goodman Gallery presents a sampling of several series that the two artists have developed since 2005, including three large new works on paper. Women and nature are the themes of their collaborations.

Amer was born in Cairo, Egypt. She graduated from Villa Arson in Nice, France with an MFA in painting in 1989. For over 20 years Amer has been producing works that are profoundly linked to an aesthetic language specific to women. She chooses needle and thread as her medium to question the classifications of sexuality, beauty, gender and domesticity. “What interests me,” explained Amer in the exhibition catalogue for her show in Brétigny-sur-Orge in 1994, “is the idea of a ‘model to be followed’, and in life we are confronted with these everywhere; from birth one is shown how one must live; one is educated this way, one grows up and follows the model imposed on us. All my work revolves around the idea of ‘a model’.” Amer’s individual contribution to No Romance is a new series of embroidered paintings and a sculpture: 100 words of love – an amorphous, spherical and hollow work, displaying carved out synonyms for the word ”love” in Arabic.

Farkhondeh was born in Iran and graduated with an MFA in video/short film from Villa Arson in 1991. For 20 years Farkhondeh has been developing videos, short films and paintings that deal with lyrical expression within the context of ever-changing cultural differences between Western and Middle Eastern civilisations. From 1991 to 1998, Farkhondeh focused on a series of paintings he calls “99 cents” objects. “The dollar store is so cheap, so real and so present that I could not resist the temptation to paint the objects within it, the discounted objects of our contemporary life,” commented Farkhondeh in the catalogue for his 2004 exhibition at La Chapelle Sainte Elizabeth. In 2001, Farkhondeh started to paint and draw landscapes experimenting with a vast range of techniques and often layering them with stripes of masking tape. These paintings, he explains, evoke “separation, uprooting, wandering, the idea of a landscape that has been cut up and then reassembled through different layers…" Farkhondeh’s individual contribution to No Romance is a new series of paintings under the title of “Broken Landscapes”. These paintings, while they examine nature as the main subject, offer a journey over poetic, social and political landscapes of our time.

  • From Ashes

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    From Ashes, 2008

    Mixed media on paper

    87 x 111.8 cm

  • Rose Hearts

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Rose Hearts, 2008

    Mixed media on paper

    134 X 190.5 CM

  • No Romance

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    No Romance, 2011

    Acrylic and embroidery on paper

    108 x 149.9 cm

  • Olivia and Alicia

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Olivia and Alicia, 2011

    Watercolour, fabric and embroidery on paper

    107.3 x 198.8 cm

  • Sweet Falls

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Sweet Falls, 2010

    Mixed media on paper

    97.8 x 73.7 cm

  • Apples and Petunias

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Apples and Petunias, 2011

    Watercolour, fabric and embroidery on paper

    130.8 x 209.6 cm

  • My Nympheas

    Ghada Amer

    My Nympheas, 2011

    Embroidery and gel medium on canvas

    177.8 x 223.5 cm

  • You, My Love

    Ghada Amer

    You, My Love, 2011

    Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas

    127 x 165.1 cm

  • Le Champ de Marguerites

    Ghada Amer

    Le Champ de Marguerites, 2011

    Embroidery and gel medium on canvas

    182.9 x 162.6 cm

  • 100 Words of Love

    Ghada Amer

    100 Words of Love, 2010

    Epoxy resin and acrylic

    170.5 x 182.9x 172.1 cm

  • Saffron Promises

    Reza Farkhondeh

    Saffron Promises, 2010

    Acrylic and fabric on canvas

    142.2 x 194.9 cm

  • I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

    Reza Farkhondeh

    I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night., 2011

    Acrylic on canvas

    127 x 177.8 cm

  • Leaves and the Blues

    Reza Farkhondeh

    Leaves and the Blues, 2011

    Acrylic on canvas

    127 x 152.4 cm

  • Views from Ashes

    Reza Farkhondeh

    Views from Ashes, 2011

    Acrylic on canvas

    182.9 x 213.4 cm

  • Late Summer in Khavaran

    Reza Farkhondeh

    Late Summer in Khavaran, 2011

    Acrylic and fabric on canvas

    157.5 x 198.8 cm

  • Orchids and Stripes

    Reza Farkhondeh

    Orchids and Stripes, 2009

    Acrylic and tape on canvas

    55.9 x 61 cm

  • Outlines for a Fall

    Reza Farkhondeh

    Outlines for a Fall, 2010

    Acrylic and tape on canvas

    71.1 x 96.5 cm

  • The Sea Witch

    Ghada Amer

    The Sea Witch, 2011

    Embroidery and gel medium on canvas

    152.4 x 127 cm

  • Installation picture [Ghada Amer, Reza Farkhondeh & Collaborative Work / No Romance]