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Mehmooni: Part 1 at Guest House

A new gallery space spearheaded by artist Kour Pour has popped up in Inglewood. Pour says he has initiated the space to “exhibit art and bring the community together.” And, as an Iranian-American artist, what better way to inaugurate the venue than with an exhibition highlighting seven Iranian-Americans living and working in Los Angeles? 

The exhibition Mehmooni: Part 1 (a Persian word meaning “social gathering or party”) includes an array of mediums across sculpture, painting, fiber, and ceramic works. Despite the lack of a conceptual theme unifying the specific works themselves, the exhibition has a tight curatorial vision. Nasim Hantenzadeh’s low sculptural form — a flesh-colored, abstract shape that uncannily references body parts as much as furniture — plays nicely off of Arayana Minai’s pastel-colored paper pulp work, which hangs nearby. Roksana Pirouzmand’s contribution consists of ceramic tiles, each with a hand painted on its surface, climbing up a wall and curling out onto the gallery floor in a neat line. It makes for an equally neat metaphor for the exhibition itself: a presentation of many objects that reads as a cohesive whole.  

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 On view: Sept. 2–TBD, email [email protected] to schedule a visit.