OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR |ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR
Objects in the Mirror | Are Closer than They Appear explores the intersectionality of political conflict across cultural perspectives, through the lens of recent and forgotten histories. Included are three artists, Chelsea Rae Klein, Zach Osif, and Azi Amiri, who bring their own unique visual-vocabulary to the landscape of war. Azi Amiri grew up in Tehran during the height of the Iran-Iraq War, amid the constant and unrelenting violence of the 8-year long conflict. Her delicate, mixed media portraits of women put a face to the individuals directly affected. These subtle, mysterious works are juxtaposed against Zach Osif’s hyper-realistic oil paintings that critique America’s War on Terror.Furthering this narrative, Chelsea Rae Klein’s installation from her series, Among Dreams, dissects the invisible histories of Queer American soldiers. In conjuring the U.S. veterans whose dedication to service was contingent on suppression of their sexual identities, Klein personalizes the complexities inherent to participating in military action. In placing varied cultural perspectives in dialogue with one another, Objects in the Mirror examines these turbulent histories through style and subject-matter. This exhibit reminds us that we must not muddle our past; we must make a constant effort to examine the acculturated narratives we inherit, probing all-sides to every-story, in an ever-present hope for a better future for every person.
Curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen, Director for NYU Kimmel Galleries
& Hugh O’Rourke, Gallery Manager of NYU 80WSE Gallery