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Amir Hariri

Fracturing Half Moon
Sunroom Project Space 2019 | June 2–July 14, 2019

Pictured above: Amir Hariri, Fracturing Half Moon, 2019 (detail), Cement, clay, fasteners, plaster, string and wood with acrylic wall drawing. Courtesy of the artist.

In the Sunroom, Amir Hariri creates multiple installations constructed of concrete, wood and other building materials—along with a wall drawing— that connect to his architectural research of the Bronx and Wave Hill. His project Fracturing Half Moon features the visceral and formal qualities of decay as a way to communicate history, memory and experience of particular sites. Using building deterioration as a metaphor, Hariri explores rapid technological and developmental transformations, as well as their social and ethical implications.

With a background in architecture and engineering, Hariri subverts traditional design by focusing on the transience and beauty of decay. For this project, he hones in on the Sunroom’s distinctive arched windows, which function as links between inside and outside, and natural and human-made landscapes. With attention to the sources of light and shadows, Hariri fabricates three-dimensional wooden structures. A couple mimic the window frames and panes. Another is a silhouette of a window on a boarded-up section. Yet another shows a reflecting pool composed of brick, pavers and water. With these different stages of dilapidation and rebuilding, Hariri imagines and reimagines new structures forming from fragmentation—signs of failure and progress. 

As Hariri’s works are constructed from memory after he visits a site, he focuses on his impression of an experience. He cites French philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, which applies phenomenology to architecture—including lived experiences in buildings and nature as well as personal or emotional responses. Hariri recalls that his exposure to revolution and war as a teenager in Iran “have allowed [him] to draw parallels between building deconstruction and despair while exploring the resiliency of Iran’s exiled inhabitants.” 

Hariri’s solo exhibitions included Dimensional Interventions at Azarian Mccullough Gallery at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, as well as The Myth of Creation at the Cooperstown Art Association in Cooperstown, NY. Group shows have been held at Denise Bibro Fine Art, EFA Project Space, Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Shirin Gallery in New York, as well as at TAG bxl, Brussels, Belgium, and Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL. Hariri received his BS in Architectural Engineering from University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, and his MS in Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Meet the Artist

SAT, SUN, JUL 13 & 14, 10AM–1PM
Family Art Project: The Memory of Space

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A release about the 2019 season in the Sunroom Project Space is available here.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.