Material Art Fair 2018
Exhibition dates: February 8 - February 11, 2018

Press Release

Material Art Fair, Booth A24

February 8-11, 2018

Callicoon Fine Arts presents works on paper by Rokni Haerizadeh and enamel on steel works by Ulrike Müller for their inaugural appearance in the Material Art Fair, Mexico City.  

Haerizadeh’s paintings foreground social and public gatherings: weddings, festivals, funerals, and protests. The series “Subversive Salami in a Ragged Briefcase” takes protest imagery as its point of departure. Its title comes from a line of an Alan Ginsberg poem; for Haerizadeh, the protestor figures as a salty salami-like body. Faceless, abstracted bodies scrawled with protest slogans populate these works, signaling a turbulent social body rather than an individual. Like exquisite corpses, bodies combine with surreal elements, evoking an imaginary scene that radically transforms the original image of protest. 

In “Some,” Müller translates geometric drawings into vitreous enamel coated plates. She uses a firing technique that denaturalizes concepts of painting as well as the hand of the painter. Composed of touching, blurred and overlaid color planes, these tricky works present unstable fields and sliding signifiers, an effect that is enhanced by the slippery reflectiveness of the enamel medium. The works bring modernist formal terms into the functional realms of enamel’s industrial and ornamental uses, which, along with the feminine and racialized other, have long been excised by modernism’s moralizing purview. Müller’s attachment to these formal terms invites questions about the potential of (not fully) articulated forms. 

Rokni Haerizadeh is a Tehran-born artist based in Dubai. Recent exhibitions include the Liverpool Biennial, UK (2016) and Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2011). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016); the New Museum, New York (2014); and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2013). Since 2009, Haerizadeh has collaborated with Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. Collective exhibitions include The Maids at MACBA, Barcelona (2017) and The Birthday Party at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2016). His works are in the collections of the Tate Modern and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Ulrike Müller is a painter based in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include mumok, Vienna (2015); and Kunstraum Lakeside, Austria (2014). Recent group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial, New York (2017); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum, New York (2017); and Invisible Adversaries at Hessel Museum of Art, New York (2016). Müller has been a co-editor of the queer feminist journal LTTR and organized Herstory Inventory, a collaborative project and book published by Dancing Foxes. Her works are in the collections of mumok in Vienna and MoMA in New York.

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Location and Details: Material Art Fair is located at Frontón México, De La Republic #17, Col. Tabacalera, Del. Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, C.P. 06030. Thursday, February 8: Preview 12pm-3pm, Public Access 3pm-9pm; Friday, February 9-Saturday, February 10: Public Access 11am-8pm; Sunday, February 11: Public Access 11am-7pm

Image captions: (above) Rokni Haerizadeh, Subversive Salami in a Ragged Briefcase, 2013-4, gesso, water color and ink on printed paper, 11 5/8 x 16 1/2 inches (29.5 x 41.9 cm); (below) Ulrike Müller, Some, 2017, vitreous enamel on steel, 15 1/2 x 12 inches (39.4 x 30.5 cm).