Mother on Wheels (Oro Grigio), 2018 (P2)
Shahryar Nashat makes sculptures, videos, and installations in which bodies, their stand-ins and representations, play a central role. Inspired by the pedestals he encountered at New York’s Frick Collection, Mother on Wheels (Oro Grigio), (2018) reimagines the fundamental support structure as an autonomous matriarchal presence—that’s really going places. As with much of Nashat’s sculptures, the surface appears unflappable, yet the object emits a surprising and affecting sense of intimacy and interiority.
Shahryar Nashat (b. 1975, Geneva, Switzerland) lives in Berlin and Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2017); Rodeo Gallery, London (2017); Portikus, Frankfurt (2016); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2016); Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2015); 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles (2015); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014). His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Swiss Institute, New York (2018); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2018 and 2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018 and 2016); Rubell Family Collection (2017); ICA Philadelphia (2017); Hamburger Bahnof, Berlin (2017); La Biennale de Montréal (2016); 20th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2016); 8th Berlin Biennale, Germany (2014); and 54th International Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2011). Nashat was a finalist for the Absolut Art Award finalist, Stockholm, Sweden (2017) and received the Kunstpreis der Stadt Nordhorn, Germany (2013); the Swiss Federal Art Prize, Basel, Switzerland (2003, 2002, 2001); and the Kiefer Hablitzel Prize, Basel, Switzerland (2002, 2001, 2000).
Presented with David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles