December 17, 2020 - February 04, 2021
Panteha Abareshi and Kayley Berezney
(Portland, OR) Fuller Rosen Gallery presents NO SANCTUARY, a two-person show of new work by Panteha Abareshi and Kayley Berezney. Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, NO SANCTUARY explores the intimate relationship each artist has with their own health. Panteha Abareshi’s practice is rooted in her existence as a body with a genetic blood disorder that causes debilitating, chronic pain. In her video and performance work, Panteha uses her body as the subject to navigate treatment, isolation, and identity in a society that has labeled her ‘fragile’ or ‘unhealthy.’ In Kayley Berezney’s sculptural installation and paintings, she references the body at rest as objective material. Plaster and expandable foam create a visual language surrounding cancer and its treatment. Kayley will also release a gallery-exclusive publication as a supplement to her work in NO SANCTUARY.
Opening weekend December 17 - 20, 12-5 pm.
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Panteha Abareshi’s condition and hospitalization have informed her perceptions of body and self almost her entire life. Her practice is an exploration of these identities, articulating the fear, insecurities, and confusion around her own illness. In her use of performance, video, and sculpture, the goal is to make viewers aware of their own body, the realities of mortality, and the complexities of empowerment in the face of literal powerlessness.
In her video FOR PARTS, Panteha contemplates how the body changes after receiving prosthetics and medical implants. She performs a series of physically challenging positions and movements with a pair of crutches, breaking away from the able-bodied standard of performance, appearance, and behavior that dictates what is considered ‘human’ and ‘subhuman.’ She confronts living with a body that is becoming defunct, and the process from body to machine, from organic to inorganic.
Kayley Berezney’s work in NO SANCTUARY documents moments collected from the body at rest. Each of the varied plaster and expandable foam sculptures exist as a gesture or implied action; a head laid on a pillow, a makeshift chair to sit in. Some of the pieces are especially cranial, showing their weight and exhaustion atop a foam base.
The plaster sculptures are molds taken from places the artist often frequents in her Brooklyn neighborhood—their imprinted surfaces feel at once manufactured and organic. Upon further inspection the materials begin to reveal themselves. A deep maroon stain pools at the surface of Almonds and Wine, the materials list reads like some sort of potion: wine, Ibrance 100mg, almonds, almond oil, salt, plaster of Paris, epoxy. The addition of these items imbue the plaster objects with a charged power, aware of its state of constant change and a reminder that they will eventually break down.
Panteha Abareshi is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her practice centers around performance, video, and installation in relation to her life with sickle cell zero beta thalassemia. Panteha’s work has recently been featured in Hyperallergic and Bitch Magazine, and her own artist book I AM INSIDE THE BODY was recently published by Sming Sming Press. Her public art installation I Do Not Know What Safety Is can be viewed on a billboard in Brooklyn on the corner of Park Ave. and Emerson. In August, she led two nights of conversation at the ICA LA titled Filling the Void: Confronting Ableism in the Art Space where she spoke on the vital need for disabled perspective in the gallery/museum space. She has been a resident at Human Resource LA, and is currently studying at USC Roski School of Fine Art.
Kayley Berezney is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Painting & Sculpture from The College of Saint Rose and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. Berezney has exhibited throughout the United States including Massery Gallery, Piccotte Gallery, Essex Gallery, Mad Lark, Center for Art and Design, Silent Barn, Pioneer Works, Littman Gallery, Disclaimer Gallery, and Field Projects. Since 2013, Berezney has been a member of Big Irv’s; an artist collective and gallery. She currently works at a mural company and has been active in bringing a voice to disabled and chronically ill artists through her project Victory Dolphin Grrls. Her exhibitions have been featured in Portland Mercury, The Oregonian, and KOIN 6, among others.
NO SANCTUARY is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council