AØH Recommendation Shirazeh Houshiary @ Lisson Gallery, London, Cork Street

Exhibition Pneuma by Shirazeh Houshiary, Installation View at Lisson Gallery, Cork Street until 31st of July 2021

When I saw the new ouvre by British artist, with Iranian roots, Shirazeh Houshiary, I realised that she was strongly connected to nature, the cosmos and nature phenomenons such as the Nordic lights or Milky ways. From my research on Nordic countries, I subsequently travelled to as well, I knew of the phenomenon Nordic lights, which is clearly referenced in Houshiary’s work Enigma, 2020 on view in the UK for the first time.

Enigma, 2020 by Shirazeh Houshiary

Upon a closer look, as well small marks with pencil become visible, showing a succession like on a star map indicating points by means of little crosses on a distorted line drawn across the painting. The gallery director Louise Hayward told me, that Shirazeh Houshiary is inspired by physics, namely the string theory, for me the crosses symbolised stars on a star map and the painted distorted planes can be seen as green and blue coloured milky ways and the marked crosses indications of where stars are located in the universe.

Enigma, 2020 (Detail) by Shirazeh Houshiary

When the work was hung, as well the connection between the works become evident as if the painted wave-like shapes across the canvas became alive and floating as well in-between the canvas’

Pieta, 2021 by Shirazeh Houshiary

Loci, 2021 by Shirazeh Houshiary

The new body of work in Shirazeh Houshiary’s exhibition Pneuma, whom I mainly knew as a sculptor from past works I was familiar with, show this three-dimensional aspect in a painterly manner when looking closely from different angles standing in front of the canvas’ As if the nebulas in the cosmos take form and are prolongued into the exhibition space, the empty space being integral part in her carefully placed artworks on specific locations in the gallery space in Cork Street in London.

Pneuma, 2021 by Shirazeh Houshiary

The artworks when acquired from my point of view should definitely been seen as dyptichon and tryptichon or even a series of the entire display as only then they reveal this phenomenon of creation of a nebula within the space in-between the canvas’ allowing us to temporarily stand in the cosmos ourselves.

From my point of view, a clear reference can be seen to the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, depicting Nordic lights by means of using the colour green in a very intense way throughout his artistic work over the years whilst Houshiary creates an additional layer of placing the lights in a cosmic surrounding relating it to stars and milky ways by means of small interventions with pencil.

Loci, 2021 (Detail) by Shirazeh Houshiary

By means of positioning them towards each other she creates a space that encapsulates us in her world whilst standing in front of the paintings, draws us into her world, dissolving it upon leaving the exhibition space.

Like Foucault said,  a space always has a certain notion in relation to it’s whereabouts and history, partly man-given over the course of time, further defined by our current immediate use of it. Shirazeh Houshiary creates and transforms the exhibition space herself in a very intense manner, giving us the opportunity to dive into her world and allow us to become calm yet agitated by means of creating these as well negative versus positive in-between spaces invisible at first but engaging our eye when spending time with her oeuvre in a more detailed and intense engagement.

The exhibition can be highly recommended and is on view at Lisson Gallery in Cork Street until 31st of July during opening hours Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm and upon appointment. Prices upon request to the gallery.

Lisson Gallery
22 Cork Street
London W1S 3NA
+44 (0)20 7724 2739
E-mail contact@lissongallery.com
Web: http://www.lissongallery.com

All my best wishes and I am looking forward for you to experience and engage with Shirazeh Houshiary’s work,

Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Curator & Wealth Adviser for Art as Investment
AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited

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Paintings Painted/ Malerei Gemalt Graz going London 2020

The touring exhibition Paintings Painted/ Malerei Gemalt Graz going London has started yesterday, today the large suitcase has just been checked-in on Graz Airport and will travel with me to London Heathrow to be brought to my Baker Street Office tomorrow morning.

Current News: The exhibition space for New York has been booked today from 3rd to 10th of May 2021 coinciding with Frieze Art Fair New York, USA

Hudson Yards, Exhibition space of AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Graz Going International – Next stop: New York May 2021
The Shed, Location for Frieze Art Fair New York 5th until 09th of May 2021

Participation fee for New York, USA: May and London, UK: June/ July 2021:
300 € including transport & rental of exhibition space.
In case of financial restrictions please let me know so that we can arrange a special fee.

My sincere gratitude goes to the artists participating in the current touring exhibition, which has three exhibition venues. London November/ Dezember 2020 and in the new year 2021:
Budapest, Hungary: February
Location: Lavor Collective Salon, cancelled as there was no further exhibition possibility and the collaboration ended

Rotterdam, Netherlands: March
Location Victory Art, cancelled as there was no further exhibition possibility and the collaboration ended

Graz, Austria Visiting Schlossberg Mountain 2021 April
Location: Glockenturm Liesl am Grazer Schlossberg, Schlossberg 6, 8010 Graz, Austria

New York, USA 3rd till 10th of May coinciding with Frieze Art Fair New York, USA
Location: Hudson Yards, Floors 7, 424 W 33rd St #13, New York, NY 10001, United States

London, United Kingdom First of June until 31st of July
Location: AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited, 83 Baker Street, London W1U 6AG, United Kingdom

Thanks to everyone who supported with their help and showcasing of works at the Glockenturm Liesl in Graz in the framework of Visiting Schlossberg Mountain October/ November 2020, Susanne Wolte, Elisabeth Pfniß, Katharina Zussner, Reiner Heidorn, Martin Brischnik, Max Kulich & last but not least Walter Köstenbauer.

A lot of thanks as well to our 711 visitors in four weeks and fourteen exhibition days and the school group of the Akademische Gymnasium Graz, Austria. Especially the lovely group 3c who I know from last year as 2c and their art teacher Helga Kikel who let’s me join her class as head of art workshop in the framework of her art classes and the exhibitions at the Bell Tower Graz.

From 12th until 30st of November 2020 the exhibition can be viewed on appointment only in 83 Baker Street, London, United Kingdom

Below can be found my three hour work from yesterday afternoon building a transport box for the large art pieces that were shipped by secure mail from the post office in Graz. A big thanks to Pagro and the Post Office Neutorgasse for letting me build the box in their shops and the two post officers applying the final touch to make everything compatible with the shipping regulations for Austria and the United Kingdom.

All my best wishes and I keep you posted about the exhibitions! Have a lovely pre Christmas time and see you all healthy and safe in the New Year 2021,

Daniela Haberz, M.A.

Curator & Wealth Adviser for Art as Investment

AØH Art Consultancy Haberz e.U., Graz, Austria & AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited, London, United Kingdom