San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
Born in Tehran, Iran in 1983, Asal Fallah started painting at age 6 when her parents, both journalists, enrolled her in painting school in Tehran. Her father, a graphic artist and a member of the Society of Iranian Calligraphists, was a great influence on the young womans artistic development. A few years later, Asal started drawing black and white sketches in her diary to describe her moods and illustrate her travels. Encouraged by one of her professors, she transitioned to large scale drawings, and her My World collection was born. In the United States, Asal Fallahs artwork can be seen at Art People Gallery in the Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., Suite 41, San Francisco, CA 94104.
With the help of a simple black pen, Asal depicts her mental ambiance, her needs, and daily experiences. All black and white drawings, the works in her My World collection alternate between a dark reality and a dream-like world viewed through the eyes of the central character, always a woman. They are characterized by a lack of boundaries, where past and present meet to depict the artists vision of her world. The colorless contrasts, as well as the resulting shades of gray, free the viewer from the visual distractions provided by color. The softness of the features, the finesse of the details, and a dreamy ambiance all conflict with an overall impression of uneasiness born of the womans sadness, and conveyed by the ever-present symbols of restraint that hold her physically or psychologically captive to a burdensome reality. Even when her face is surrounded by delicate butterflies, the prevailing sentiment is one of sadness and melancholy.
Many of the drawings in the collection feature the same woman, Asal herself, repeatedly surrounded by recurrent symbols of traditional Persian art: butterflies, crows, eggs, fish Frequently portrayed in a wedding dress, she lives surrounded by everyday objects that restrain her movements or suggest imprisonment. The crows in particular represent a menacing presence, a constant reminder that she is being watched. Only in her dreams does she find some solace, and even then the threatening elements hover in the periphery of her consciousness Time and place are irrelevant in Asals work; the visions of the artist as a child and as a woman coalesce to produce drawings of great beauty and intensity.
Asal Fallahs My World collection will be in a solo exhibit at Art People Gallery from January 1st through January 15th, 2013. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, January 3rd, from 4-7pm.
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