David Abir: Tekrar

March 11, 2007–August 12, 2007
Exhibition Reception: Sunday, March 11, 2007; 3 to 5 pm

Artist David Abir will present a sound installation at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum intended to develop an emotional and physical experience from a piece of music. The music will resound in an idiosyncratic architectural space, which emulates the anatomical structure of the inner ear. Aldrich curatorial director Jessica Hough has organized the multi-sensorial exhibition Tekrar, which, translated from Farsi, means repetition. The exhibition will be on view from March 11 through August 12, 2007.

The exhibition reception will be held at The Aldrich, located at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, on Sunday, March 11, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Round-trip transportation from New York City is available; please call the Museum at 203.438.4519 for reservations.

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David Abir has begun to build a reputation in the contemporary art field as a composer and sound specialist for artists working in video. He has worked with artists Shirin Neshat, Shahzia Sikander, and Alfredo Jaar.  Tekrar is entirely Abir’s own work and the exhibition is his first solo museum project. Octavio Zaya, who first commissioned the piece for a group exhibition entitled After the Revolution. Contemporary artists from Iran, writes “(Abir has) embarked upon a path that opens a new field of multi-disciplinary potential. The juxtaposition of the sometimes almost imperceptible adaptation or modification of the sound that accompanies the tenuous changes in lighting of the outer ear and this controlled space where the music happens, manages to modulate an extraordinary multi-sensorial experience, which we have only recently begun to consider among the emerging trends in artistic practice.”

This group exhibition opened in San Sebastian and was originally scheduled to travel to Copenhagen in March 2007, but was cancelled due to a controversy over the printing of Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The Aldrich curatorial staff, who had been interested in featuring David Abir, were happy to provide an exhibition space for his portion of the original exhibition.

Jessica Hough explains, “A viewer will enter through a narrow passage which opens into a larger central space.  The space then tapers again into a narrow passage that ends with a reflector, which bounces both light and sound into the space.  The whole experience is likely to be both pleasant and disorienting, as the cycle of music and light, in combination with the unusual angles of the space, transport us from the world outside into an altogether different environment.” 

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