Inspired by ideas of departure, evacuation, family, wonder, inheritance, fate and the ways in which we have rendered uninhabitable this earth that we inherited, Blast Off from Earth!! is an exhibition of eight paintings that will accompany humankind as they depart from Earth in the year 2081. The paintings commemorate the global relocation effort to a new human colony on extrasolar planet Kepler-442b. Created in hues of sea blue, earth green, and glacier white, they serve to honor the once-virile surface of an expiring planet.
Mohamedi’s idiosyncratic gestural language and mark-making techniques are inspired by a very open-ended and unrestrained use of materials. From beach tar that she collects on the beaches of Santa Barbara to tubes of Middle Eastern paint imported from her mother country of Iran, Mohamedi is open to anything that comes into her world. Using long, hand-made, sticks to create large-scale calligraphic swoops and broken off bits of graphite to draw jagged marks that are hard pressed onto raw canvas, the artist is constantly inventing ways of achieving different types of marks. Ultimately, the marks Mohamedi makes and leaves behind invent worlds about our world that are simultaneously abstract and narrative. The resulting surfaces of her paintings are patterned and expansive, like “a farewell message created from overlaying the plumes of exhaust from the final spacecraft, the Space Shuttle Helus, with the diminishing lines of civilization below.”
Maysha Mohamedi is an Iranian-American painter who lives and works in Los Angeles.
MAYSHA MOHAMEDI: BLAST OFF FROM EARTH!!
Exhibition Dates: February 01 – March 29, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1st from 6 to 9PM.
501 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94107