Saturday, November 26, 2011
*To Live and Paint in L.A. @ The Torrance Art Museum Torrance, CA
January 21-March 10, 2012
Curated by Max Presneill and Jason Ramos
Artists: Jonathan Apgar, Rebecca Campbell, Daniela Campins, Alika Cooper, Tomory Dodge, Asad Faulwell, Jon Flack, Yvette Gellis, Iva Gueorguieva, Mary Addison Hackett, Carlson Hatton, Thomas Whittaker Kidd, Andy Kolar, Constance Mallison, Allison Miller, John Mills, Aaron Noble, Antonio Puleo, Alison Rash, Nano Rubio, Conrad Ruiz, John Seal, Ryan Sluggett, Comora Tolliver, Chris Trueman, Miller Updegraff, Grant Vetter, Ben White.
Torrance Art Museum
*Emerging Voices from Iran and Iranian Diaspora @ Art Asia Miami, FL
November 30-December 4th 2012
Curated by Kashya Hildebrand
Soody Sharifi, Hadieh Shafie, Aghighi Bakhshayeshi, Maryam Ashkanian, Asad Faulwell, Sissi Farassat
Monday, November 7, 2011
I will have a small work in "On Tap" an invitational silent auction curated by Franklin Sirmans, Ali Subotnick, Dean Valentine, Lauri Firstenberg and Thomas Lawson. The silent auction will take place Thursday November 10th at Bowmont Art Partners. Click the link below for more information.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Incredulous Zealots: 4 Painterly Interrogations from L.A. @ Josh Lilley Gallery Opening October 12th
Analia Saban, Annie Lapin, Asad Faulwell, Jeni Spota
Incredulous Zealots: 4 Painterly Interrogations from LA
Dates: 12th October – 19th November 2011
Private View: 11th October 2011, 6-8pm
Josh Lilley is delighted to announce the opening on Tuesday 11th October of Incredulous Zealots – a group exhibition featuring work by four LA-based artists - Analia Saban, Annie Lapin, Asad Faulwell, and Jeni Spota.
Lara Wisniewski, LA-based curator and writer, discusses their contribution to the Los Angeles art scene below;
Psychologically aggressive…zealously dedicated…relentlessly driven…exuding religious fervour; all apt phrases to describe the four young Los Angeles artists participating in this exhibition. Their work is driven by an obsession to paint and then maintain control of their medium – either through the way their ideas actuate themselves, or by controlling the material itself. It appears these four artists do not take any aspect of the painting process for granted, neither its history nor its physicality.
It might seem strange that an artist from Los Angeles would be so intense, so consumed by detail and control. How does so much tension manifest in endless stretches of sunny days? Then again, when we view these four young artists’ work, we have to remember their predecessors – Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley and Ed Ruscha etc – whose most innovative and outstanding works are psychologically disturbed, subtle, and sometimes not so subtle negotiations between strictures of reality and fantasy. Alternative religion also has its long history in the city; fanaticism and organisation are the earmarks of the Dianetics movement or the celebrity studded Kabbalah Centre, while smaller episodes found a voice – such as Charles Manson’s homegrown cult and its tragic, outrageous ending. It is hard to put a finger on the pulse that makes Los Angeles a home to these strange niches, as the city has always been a safe haven where outsiders become insiders by bringing dreams to their fullest expression. The eternally good weather seals their desires under a hopeful veneer that eventually cracks in the dry climate. As Los Angeles culture has proven, too many sunny days can beat shadows into the mind. LA’s dark underbelly is indeed a well-cultivated and fertile ground.
Josh Lilley Gallery
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I will have three works in a group show at Lawrie Shabibi Gallery in Dubai U.A.E.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
*Group Show at Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery in Dubai U.A.E. opening June 12th (more info forthcoming).
*ArtDubai March 16th-19th
*"Revolutionaries" curated by Kirk Pedersen w/Oscar Magallanes, Asad Faulwell, ABCNT and CRYPTIK. Opening Saturday April 9th @ Pedersen Projects in Pomona, CA
*I have been named one of six artists awarded the "Visions From a New California" artist grant/residency for 2011. Click here for more information
*I have also been shortlisted for the MOP Contemporary Art Prize based in London.
Friday, March 11, 2011
A thoughtful review of my show at Kravets/Wehby by Alpesh Kantilal Patel.
03.11.11Author: Alpesh Kantilal Patel
02.26.11-04.02.11 Kravets / Wehby
Algerian women have served as muses for artists as diverse as Eugène Delacroix, Pablo Picasso, and, more recently, Lalla Essaydi. In his first New York solo exhibition, appropriately titled “Les Femmes D’Alger” (Women of Algeria), Los Angeles–based artist Asad Faulwell deifies the largely unsung female freedom fighters who struggled from 1954 to 1962 to end French occupation in the African nation. As Frantz Fanon writes so eloquently in his book A Dying Colonialism (1959), these women were often called upon to plant bombs in the French sections of cities because they could enter without detection if wearing European dress.
In his painting Les Femmes D’Alger 3, 2011, the starkly rendered black-and-white face of one of these activists, Djamila Bouhired, stares out at the viewer and dominates the canvas, while thin bands of color and decorative motifs flow out from her eyes and connect to an intricately drawn background of florid shapes and patterns. The union of the somber portrait and these latter forms––reminiscent of the 1970s Pattern and Decoration movement, itself heavily influenced by traditional Moroccan textiles and Persian motifs––evokes both the exuberance of life and the specter of death associated with her heroic acts.With Les Femmes D’Alger, 2010, Faulwell depicts a three-quarter-length portrait of Zohra Drif, who was sentenced to twenty years in prison for her role in a bombing in 1957 but was eventually pardoned at the end of the war. Her strong, handsome face is rendered in a muted palette while colorful, decorative shapes and patterns cover her dress and eyes in a style evocative of Gustav Klimt’s, particularly his beautifully intriguing portraits of lone women. The balance between surface and psychological depth Faulwell achieves in the above pieces veers towards the purely decorative in Danielle Minne, 2010, and Mujahidat #11, 2011, paintings in which the portraits are completely hidden within floral and starburst shapes. These works might serve as metaphors for the manner in which these revolutionary women once seamlessly blended into the background.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My first solo show in New York will be opening on February 26th at Kravets/Wehby Gallery.
Les Femmes D'Alger
February 26th - April 2, 2011
Opening: February 26th 6-8 pm