CANCELED Tala Madani
Pre-talk reception at 4:30 p.m.
OSU art alumna, Tala Madani (b. 1981, Tehran, Iran) makes paintings and animations whose indelible images bring together wide-ranging modes of critique, prompting reflection on gender, political authority, and questions of who and what gets represented in art. Her work is populated by figures, engaged in acts that push their bodies to their limits. Bodily fluids and beams of light emerge from their orifices, generating metaphors for the tactile expressivity of paint. In Madani’s work, slapstick humor is inseparable from violence and creation is synonymous with destruction, reflecting a complex and gut-level vision of contemporary power imbalances of all kinds. Her approach to figuration combines the radical morphology of modernism with a contemporary sense of sequencing, movement, and speed. Thus her work finds some of its most powerful echoes in cartoons, cinema, and other popular durational forms. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at a number of museums worldwide, including Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (2019); La Panacée, Montpellier, France (2017); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2016); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2016); and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2014). Her work forms part of the permanent collections of institutions that include Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Malmö, Sweden; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Wednesday, April 15 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm
LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Auditorium
875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, OR 97331