Published : Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 5:54 AM
March is the celebration of women’s history and Pasadena’s Gallery 30 South has gone with artist and raconteur Mojdeh Rezaeipour to open its cycle.
The Iranian American’s “Memories, Dreams, and Reclamations” opened March 1, with a reception planned at the gallery for March 3.
Rezaeipour is a cosmopolite based out of the nation’s capital but whose work has taken her to San Francisco, New York, Rome, Tokyo, and Berlin, where she spent the summer of 2018 as an arts fellow to The Studio Visit.
The Berkeley grad’s organic mixed media works and installations explore hyphenated identity and belonging, as well as the intersections of collective striving for healing and transformation.
Her exhibitions, locally and internationally, have been featured in publications such as The Rib, DIRT, So To Speak, and The Washington Post. Her stories have aired with The Moth Radio Hour on NPR for whom as Washington D.C. “StorySlam” producer from 2015-2018.
Rezaeipour’s work is privately collected worldwide and several pieces were recently acquired for the permanent collection at Eaton Workshop in Washington, DC.
The current exhibit at Gallery 30 South runs through March 24.
The Gallery has also partnered with cartoonist Dame Darcy for an offer, exclusively online, of all illustrations from her autobiography “Hi Jax & Hi Jinx,” recently published by Feral House.
Born out of the 90s “zine” scene, Darcy has created 50-plus graphic novels since, and enjoys an international reach and reputation. Her 500-page comic compilation, “Meat Cake Bible,” published by Fantagraphics, spans a 25-year career as cartoonist, writer, and illustrator of graphic novels. It has also been optioned as a feature film.
Darcy has collaborated with Alan Moore, Poppy Z Brite, Holt, DC, Marvel, Penguin and others.
Available online through Gallery 30 South is art by Panik Collective, a team of credentialed painters, sculptors, musicians, mathematicians and curators dividing time among multiple exhibition projects and public actions.
Their chosen media change to accommodate the message, which thus far has ranged from academic, with “Chicken Heart,” a photographic and video piece produced for, but ultimately censored from presentation at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, to aloof, such as “Marina Abramovic is Not Barbara Kruger” beer coasters, which is clearly an inside joke.
Venues and projects are varied, media very different (silver gelatin photographs, audio and video manipulation, and dot matrix printing on found objects), and themes of sexual and gender politics overlap, making it difficult to pigeonhole the group’s work into a specific genre, though their creations reflect elements of Fluxus, Neo-Dada, Abstract Expressionism, Conceptual Realism, and Post-Pop Kitsch.
To RSVP for an opportunity to discuss Rezaeipour’s with work with her, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call director Matt Kennedy, (323)547-3227. For more information on Dame Darcy, visit www.gallery30south.com/dame-
Gallery 30 South is located at 30 South Wilson Avenue.