The artist's Suspended Beliefs series is on view at Gearbox Gallery in Oakland, CA from Nov. 20, 2020 through January 2, 2021. The works investigate the fallacy that one can suspend the trauma of their waking lives and seek refuge in their sleep—exploring the landscape where the waking life interacts with the unconscious. Highly personal, they deal with the layered and idiosyncratic nature of storytelling and memory—and their roles within family relationships. This ongoing series of visual poems uses using ink, collage, and an antique manual typewriter on paper. The typewritten texts are taken from the artist’s personal diaries and poems, while the collaged texts are from a variety of sources. The width of each work is determined by the typewriter’s maximum paper-width, then cut vertically at varying lengths—some works are comprised of multiple panels to represent how memory often behaves as fragmented vignettes. Each piece is suspended from the ceiling with unwound tape from audio music cassettes—resembling an oversized mobile—referencing the artist’s childhood reliance on listening to music in order to fall asleep. Read more about SuspendedBeliefs HERE.
BAHAR BEHBAHANI AWARDED
JOAN MITCHELL GRANT
The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced the 2020 recipients of its annual Painters & Sculptors Grants, which awards 25 artists with $25,000 each in unrestricted funds. The recipients are: Zarouhie Abdalian, Natalie Ball, Rina Banerjee, Bahar Behbahani, Sarah Cain, Luke Luokun Cheng, Jesse Chun, Gabriel Dawe, Joey Fauerso, Colette Fu, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Linda Infante Lyons, Kahlil Robert Irving, Tomashi Jackson, Caroline Kent, Fred H.C. Liang, Melissa Melero-Moose, Julio César Morales, Demetrius Oliver, Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Arvie Smith, Edra Soto, Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum, Jordan Weber, and Didier William. Read more here.