Hadi Fallahpisheh

    Mouse House, 2021

    Glazed ceramic, rhinestones, buttons, gold thread, fabric, pendant necklace
    Dimensions variable
    Series of 10 unique works + 2 AP

    Within his paintings, sculptures, and installations, Hadi Fallahpisheh places seemingly humorous figures including cats, mice, and other animals within environments to reflect on themes of displacement, alienation, and entrapment. Situated behind barriers, inside vessels, or within other architectural environments, his works explore social hierarchies, ideas of residence, and the inside versus the outside. While some of Fallahpisheh’s characters seem trapped or isolated, others appear to revel in their own personal vices.

    This new series of ten unique works, titled Mouse Houseis a continuation of the artist’s use of vessels as shelters or hiding places. Comprising two pieces that interlock, each hand-sculpted work is a mouse that is both placed within and functioning as its own shelter. The figures are completed with rhinestone eyes, a fabric tail, gilded whiskers, and a pendant necklace draped over their backside. Each work is numbered and initialed by the artist.

    Hadi Fallahpisheh (born 1987, Tehran) lives and works in New York. He received an MFA in Photography from Bard College in 2016. Andrew Kreps, New York presented BLOW-UPS, a solo exhibition, in 2020. Recent group exhibitions include 100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York, 2020; In Practice: Total Disbelief, SculptureCenter, New York, 2020; and Open Call, The Shed, New York, 2019. Currently a teaching fellow at Harvard University, Fallahpisheh was the recipient of the Artadia New York Award in 2019.

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