“…the wings are without their bodies, suspending and strained from movement they have different connotations about our contemporary issues as a society in opposition to the human desire of mobilizing life.”
Pedram Baldari was born in 1981 in Kurdistan, Iran. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tehran School of Fine Arts in 2005 and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Texas Tech University in 2015. Nooshin Hakim Javadi was born in 1983 in Qazvin, Iran and also completed a BFA degree from the University of Tehran School of Fine Arts, in 2009. This year she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture at the University of Minnesota.
Pedram and Nooshin both reside in Minneapolis and have been awarded a FSP/Jerome Fellowship this summer to create a new large-scale sculpture together at the park
Tell us about your project at Franconia Sculpture Park and the significance of the airplane wings:
Our work is a collaborative effort in a large scale as an extension of our art practice individually and as a team, to create a work of art that maintains a connection to each of us, while it also upholds a question to invite the viewer’s perspective into the work. The spacial element of the dome in which the Iranian architecture and philosophy stands the Dome of Heavens, the universe, and also the idea of merging a home by becoming and embracing the universe. Also the wings are without their bodies, suspending and strained from movement they have different connotations about our contemporary issues as a society in opposition of human desire of mobilizing life. Different identities, place of birth, and race can affect these urges in a dramatic way. There are three wings hung from this dome and one crushed and cubed wing under them.
What projects have you collaborated on in the past?
It has been two years that we have been working on various projects, such as One Hundred Lullabies at Instinct Gallery, a series of mirror art works that are shown in Washburn Loft Gallery in downtown Minneapolis, Two and One Chair performance/installation, Of Re Con-Figuration/Struction Of Pharmacon, One of Many performance at NordBecken Center for Art, and several performances at Museum for New Arts Freiburg Germany, Karlsruhe Germany, and Instinct Art Gallery Minneapolis, The Other performance at University of Minnesota and Performance Night at Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Germany.
How does your time at Franconia compare to other residencies or projects you’ve completed?
Franconia is our first residency as a team and most importantly our first time together challenging ourselves to create a large scale public sculpture. This has been requiring lots of coordination and improvisation to get us to the final stages of our project. It has also given us an opportunity to become a part of the Franconia art family and the pleasure to meet new people and learn from our interactions with the staff, interns and visitors.
What did you learn at FSP? What was the biggest challenge?
It has been also a great learning journey for us, from the technical aspects of a large scale sculpture sitting outside for possibly a few years, to how we can employ and take advantage of local resources and compromise based on things that are not necessarily predictable. How to connect and work with the different parts of the park and the general public and understand and enjoy the very amazing nature of the park and its openness to a large scope of people with different backgrounds. One of them was, for example, the Kids Make Sculpture day in which we had such an amazing blast with 4-12 year old kids, teaching them forms and application of tools and helping them to empower their imagination.
The biggest challenge has been realizing the project in the outside where the weather and natural elements play a big role in timing and constructing the work and how to take advantage of it in the best way possible and challenge ourselves in ways we have not done before.
Be sure to join us for this year’s Art & Artists Celebration on September 23rd where you will find Pedram and Nooshin’s finished collaboration and dozens of other new sculptures completed this year!
The FSP/Jerome Fellowship Program is made possible, in part, by generous support from the Jerome Foundation. Established in 1997, the FSP/Jerome Fellowship Program supports the creation of new works by emerging visual artists from New York City and Minnesota.
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