Abdolreza Aminlari, ‘Untitled’, 2016, ICI: Benefit Auction 2017
Abdolreza Aminlari, ‘Untitled’, 2016, ICI: Benefit Auction 2017

Abdolreza Aminlari’s works on paper speak to themes of displacement, repetition and use of negative space. He is known for his geometric compositions and designs using fine threads, patiently stiched into the paper to create abstractions the play with light in almost photographic ways. Concerned with perceptions of space, time, and light and how to interact and relate to them, his work comes from an intimate place, pointing to domesticity, ritualistic action and notions of home. The embroidery and patterning in his artwork often suggest specific cultural references such as cross-stitched Persian rugs, painted miniatures, and Iranian architectural designs.

In the past year, Aminlari has been the subject of solo exhibtions at Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, UAE, and Taymour Grahne, New York.
—Courtesy of ICI

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About Abdolreza Aminlari

Iranian-born artist Abdolreza Aminlari’s sparse works on paper speak to themes of displacement and repetition. Known for his small, threaded geometric designs and use of negative space, Aminlari creates inventive, intricate compositions that seem to be part of a larger whole. The embroidered aspect of his work harkens back to his maternal relatives, who he remembers gaining meditative solace from cross-stitching Persian rugs and miniatures. The geometric patterns are often references to sacred designs from Iranian mosques, but they are made contemporary during his process of stitching. Says Aminlari, “I try to allow room for the shapes to exist. The negative space becomes a sort of breathing room, a space for contemplation.”

Iranian, b. 1979