How the Curve Fits Inside the Square by Arshia Salesi | Stairwell + 3rd floor Lobby


How the Curve Fits Inside the Square by Arshia Salesi | Stairwell + 3rd floor Lobby


How the Curve Fits Inside the Square, in its fifth iteration, uses oversized illegible Arabic letters that engulf the 3rd / 4th floor staircase of the Gladstone Hotel. The physical position of the viewer changes within the painting while ascending or descending the stairs. The painting colonizes the space, creating a total situation that one can encounter and interact with, reducing the distance between the viewer and the artwork. Its distorted and amalgamated graphic forms produce painterly interventions that describe the process of understanding that occurs through a constant negotiation between Iranian and Western modes of thought. The work analyzes the nuances of transculturality through a non-hierarchical lens by visualizing a newly developed complex space that has resulted from the intermixing of cultures in a diverse place like Toronto. The work negotiates its frame and containment, described by the square, while the fluidity of the letters curved parts extend out of their boundaries. ———————————— Arshia Salesi received her BFA from OCAD University, and recently completed an exchange at Hunter College, New York. Her most recent works use the visual languages of painting and installation while investigating a text-image relationship. She practices the multiple possibilities of a painting, through various iterations, by producing the works specifically for the contexts they are presented in. Her work engages with ideas of transculturality, Orientalism and language; in order to prioritize a collective dialogue through a non-hierarchical approach. Salesi’s work has been featured as part H&M, Mercedes Benz Financial Services and Xpace.


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