Hadi Tabatabai
Iranian, born 1964
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Selected exhibitions
2016
Drawing Conclusions - Works on Paper by 34 Artists,
DANESE/COREY
2015
Claesson Koivisto Rune in Marfa: The inde/jacobs gallery,
inde/jacobs
2014
Extending the Line 3D,
C. Grimaldis Gallery

Hadi Tabatabai is known for his delicate, meticulously executed pattern-based works in mixed media. Tabatabai, who holds degrees in industrial technology and painting, is known for exploring the form of the line as a physical space—now a 15-year-long exercise. “I view the ‘line’ as empty space without an agenda or allegiance,” he says. He makes drawings, paintings, and sculptures from materials like wood, thread, and acrylic paint, but Tabatabai states that his choice of material is ultimately arbitrary and constantly changing. His methods are based on repetition and layering of certain marks, with the main intention of filling a surface.