Aryana Minai at Steve Turner

The Dirt that Binds Me

Aryana Minai

Steve Turner

September 10 - October 10, 2020

Steve Turner is pleased to present The Dirt That Binds Me, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based Aryana Minai that features new abstract paintings that are composed of recycled paper and inspired by the patterns and textures of Islamic and vernacular architecture that she experienced during her childhood in Iran. Minai recalls many family excursions to historic architectural monuments throughout the country. Old palaces in Isfahan or Shiraz decorated with tiles, bricks, reliefs and wallpaper remain vivid in Minai’s memory and are a critical link to her past. She also acknowledges the importance of seeing craftspeople at work on her frequent walks between home and school in Tehran. Carpet weavers, illuminators of Persian miniatures, potters, calligraphers and artisans of Khatam-Kari (geometric inlay in bone and wood) were wonderful distractions to her and they inform her creative processes to this day. Minai favors materials that have a past life and can be recycled into something new. Many of her new works are made from recycled scraps of paper supplied by friends–paper plates and cups from social gatherings and protest meetings–as well as her own daily accumulation that she breaks down into pulp. Found bricks are then used as tools to emboss the dyed pulp as it dries and the final works are mounted to the screens that she used to make the pulp. The embossing is akin to the marks absorbed by buildings, the imprints of our existence.

Aryana Minai (born 1994, Los Angeles) moved with her family to Tehran when she was five months old. The family returned to Southern California when Minai was fifteen and she subsequently earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (2016) and an MFA from Yale (2020). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Perrotin, New York; Arvia, Los Angeles and Ed Varie, New York. This is her first exhibition at Steve Turner.

Installation view / Aryana Minai / The Dirt that Binds Me / Steve Turner / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Installation view / Aryana Minai / The Dirt that Binds Me / Steve Turner / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
 Aryana Minai, Meet Me in The Middle, 2019, Acrylic and paper on loose canvas, 72 x 102 inches (182.9 x 259.1 cm) / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Aryana Minai, Meet Me in The Middle, 2019, Acrylic and paper on loose canvas, 72 x 102 inches (182.9 x 259.1 cm) / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Installation view / Aryana MInai / The Dirt that Binds Me / Steve Turner / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Installation view / Aryana MInai / The Dirt that Binds Me / Steve Turner / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Aryana Minai, Echo VI, 2020, Dyed handmade paper in artist frame, 16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm) / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Aryana Minai, Echo VI, 2020, Dyed handmade paper in artist frame, 16 x 19 1/2 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm) / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Installation view / Aryana MInai / The Dirt that Binds Me / Steve Turner / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Installation view / Aryana MInai / The Dirt that Binds Me / Steve Turner / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Aryana Minai, Front and Above II, 2020, Dyed handmade paper on resin, 53 x 54 1/2 inches (134.6 x 138.4 cm) / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Aryana Minai, Front and Above II, 2020, Dyed handmade paper on resin, 53 x 54 1/2 inches (134.6 x 138.4 cm) / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Installation view / Aryana MInai / The Dirt that Binds Me / Steve Turner / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Installation view / Aryana MInai / The Dirt that Binds Me / Steve Turner / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Aryana Minai, Down the street or Across the World, 2020 Dyed handmade paper
52 x 43 inches (132.1 x 109.2 cm) / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles

Aryana Minai, Down the street or Across the World, 2020 Dyed handmade paper
52 x 43 inches (132.1 x 109.2 cm) / Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles