SOHEILA K. ESFAHANI
Cultured Pallets: TO (detail), 2014.
Mixed media on wooden shipping pallets, 96 x 120 inches.

SOHEILA K. ESFAHANI

My Place is Placeless

SEPTEMBER 3 - 27, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 6 - 9PM

The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present My Place is Placeless, an exhibition by artist Soheila K. Esfahani.

Esfahani’s art practice navigates the terrains of cultural translation and draws on her experience of living in both Western and Eastern (Iranian) cultures.  Her recent practice explores the processes involved in cultural transfer and transformation by exploring the theoretical frameworks of Walter Benjamin’s concept of translation as a departure from the original and Homi Bhabha’s notions of the Third Space and in-betweeness. In her installations, Esfahani incorporates decorated shipping pallets, which metaphorically serve as objects of holding. These pallets are ready to move in-between and cross boundaries of places and cultures by being in a state of permanent transit.

Soheila K. Esfahani  grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. She is a recipient of grants from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. As part of the SSHRCC grant, Esfahani participanted in a research/creation group entitled Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds: Engaging Water as Culture and Resource through Contemporary Art. Esfahani’s work is represented in public and private collections including the Canada Council’s Art Bank. She works from her studio at Kitchener’s artist–run centre, Globe Studios.

www.soheila.ca


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: INSOMNIA SALON SOIRÉE

The Red Head Gallery is accepting submissions for the Insomnia Salon Soirée, our yearly salon show specially created for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. The exhibition begins October 1st at noon, and culminates with Nuit Blanche's end at 7am on the morning of October 5th.

As part of the 401 Richmond St. West complex, thousands of visitors come through the Red Head Gallery each Nuit Blanche. We encourage new artists to be part of this exciting event. This year, in keeping with the original salon style, we are offering the opportunity to submit up to 3 small works, or a couple mid-sized works, or 1 large work. Each work will have a minimum of 5 inches of space around it.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. If accepted, work must be dropped off at the gallery no later than Saturday, September 27th between 12 noon and 5 pm, but can be delivered during gallery hours -12 noon ’til 5 pm, between Wednesday, September 24th to Friday, September 26th. Artwork must be picked up no later than 12 noon on the Sunday, October 5th.

Artworks must reflect the theme of Insomnia, as interpreted by the artist and must meet the aesthetic standards of the gallery. There are limitations on size and media (see Participating Artist Agreement).

ENTRY FEE: $50. (Payable through the Red Head Gallery Paypal account)

CRITERIA: Please refer to the Participating Artist Agreement

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO APPLY