The Oasis
       
     
   The Oasis  , Installation view of  Airloc k door and painting.
       
     
   Mirage: Watercooler  , oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, 2001
       
     
  The Oasis,  installation view of  Airlock  door
       
     
  The Oasis,  installation view of door peephole lens
       
     
   The Oasis  , interior view 1 of  Airlock - The Desert   Materials: MDF, wood, acrylic, epoxy, concrete, sand, watercolor, polystyrene, halogen and fluorescent lights, and peephole lens.
       
     
  The Oasis,  installation view of  Mirage: Photocopier  painting and the 2nd  Airlock  door.
       
     
   Mirage: Photocopier,   oil on panel, 21 x 25 inches, 2001
       
     
 Installation view of  The Rapture
       
     
   The Rapture,   oil on linen, 30 x 34 inches, 2001
       
     
  The Oasis,  installation view of 2nd  Airlock  door
       
     
  The Oasis,  installation view of door peephole lens
       
     
   The Oasis  , interior view 2 of  Airlock - The Oasis   Materials: MDF, wood, acrylic, epoxy, concrete, polystyrene, silicon, porcelain, copper, chlorine, rubber tubing, water, water pump, fluorescent lights, and peephole lens.
       
     
   The Oasis  , interior view 3:   The Studio - After Velasquez    Materials: MDF, wood, acrylic, epoxy, glass, concrete, watercolor, polystyrene, porcelain, silicon, chlorine, rubber, water pump and water, halogen and fluorescent lights, and peephole lens.
       
     
The Palace at 4 AM
       
     
  The Palace at 4 AM,  exterior view of room containing  Attic , as well as view of crawlspace under the steps.
       
     
  The Palace at 4 AM , installation view of door peephole
       
     
  The Palace at 4 AM , interior view of  Attic   Materials include:  wood, MDF, acrylic, polystyrene, porcelain, halogen lights, and peephole lens
       
     
  The Palace at 4 AM , installation view of small door under  Attic  stairs crawlspace- height of door: 39 inches.
       
     
  The Palace at 4 AM , installation view of door peephole lens
       
     
  The Palace at 4 AM , interior view  Materials include: MDF, wood, polystyrene, Plexiglas, sand, felt, halogen lights, and peephole lens
       
     
  The Palace at 4 AM , installation view of space between rooms
       
     
 The Palace at 4 AM, installation of room with door leading to  The Bedroom
       
     
  The Palace at 4 AM , interior view of  Bedroom   Materials include:  MDF, wood, aluminum, cloth, Plexiglas, 25 RPM satellite dish motor, foam core, halogen lights, sound (looped recording), and peephole lens
       
     
Airport Parking Garage
       
     
  Airport Parking Garage , interior view  Looking through a peephole lens, the viewer glimpses an empty parking garage. Approximately every 25 seconds, an airplane slowly glides past. A recording, composed of looped found sound, is loosely synced to the motion of the plane.  Materials include:  MDF, acrylic, polystyrene, Plexiglas, halogen lights, 12 RPM gear motor, belt, paperclip, sound component (looped recording
       
     
The Rapture
       
     
  The Rapture , detail
       
     
  The Rapture , detail of model roof and ladder leading to interior.
       
     
  The Rapture , interior view
       
     
The Oasis
       
     
The Oasis

view from entrance

On view at Project Room, Philadelphia, PA October 10-November 20, 2001

For The Oasis, I built several rooms and curtain walls, transforming the raw Project Room space into a kind of truncated office hallway. A sparkling prismatic drop ceiling was installed, capping the high warehouse space to that of an office space. Throughout this hallway space are several locked doors with standard door security peepholes. The viewer can see through the peephole lens to the interior spaces on the other side. Two door peepholes allow views from opposite sides into the same interior space, titled Airlock. From one side, the Airlock leads to an endless sea of sand dunes, while from the other side it leads to a wet interior room with an overflowing sink. The third interior space is titled The Studio-After Velasquez.

Materials used to construct The Oasis include: Sheetrock, polystyrene light panels and ceiling grid, MDF, acrylic, oil, linen, watercolor, concrete, epoxy, sand, porcelain, water pump, chlorine, copper, silicon, water, fluorescent and halogen lights, and peephole lens

   The Oasis  , Installation view of  Airloc k door and painting.
       
     

The Oasis, Installation view of Airlock door and painting.

   Mirage: Watercooler  , oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, 2001
       
     

Mirage: Watercooler, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, 2001

  The Oasis,  installation view of  Airlock  door
       
     

The Oasis, installation view of Airlock door

  The Oasis,  installation view of door peephole lens
       
     

The Oasis, installation view of door peephole lens

   The Oasis  , interior view 1 of  Airlock - The Desert   Materials: MDF, wood, acrylic, epoxy, concrete, sand, watercolor, polystyrene, halogen and fluorescent lights, and peephole lens.
       
     

The Oasis, interior view 1 of Airlock - The Desert

Materials: MDF, wood, acrylic, epoxy, concrete, sand, watercolor, polystyrene, halogen and fluorescent lights, and peephole lens.

  The Oasis,  installation view of  Mirage: Photocopier  painting and the 2nd  Airlock  door.
       
     

The Oasis, installation view of Mirage: Photocopier painting and the 2nd Airlock door.

   Mirage: Photocopier,   oil on panel, 21 x 25 inches, 2001
       
     

Mirage: Photocopier, oil on panel, 21 x 25 inches, 2001

 Installation view of  The Rapture
       
     

Installation view of The Rapture

   The Rapture,   oil on linen, 30 x 34 inches, 2001
       
     

The Rapture, oil on linen, 30 x 34 inches, 2001

  The Oasis,  installation view of 2nd  Airlock  door
       
     

The Oasis, installation view of 2nd Airlock door

  The Oasis,  installation view of door peephole lens
       
     

The Oasis, installation view of door peephole lens

   The Oasis  , interior view 2 of  Airlock - The Oasis   Materials: MDF, wood, acrylic, epoxy, concrete, polystyrene, silicon, porcelain, copper, chlorine, rubber tubing, water, water pump, fluorescent lights, and peephole lens.
       
     

The Oasis, interior view 2 of Airlock - The Oasis

Materials: MDF, wood, acrylic, epoxy, concrete, polystyrene, silicon, porcelain, copper, chlorine, rubber tubing, water, water pump, fluorescent lights, and peephole lens.

   The Oasis  , interior view 3:   The Studio - After Velasquez    Materials: MDF, wood, acrylic, epoxy, glass, concrete, watercolor, polystyrene, porcelain, silicon, chlorine, rubber, water pump and water, halogen and fluorescent lights, and peephole lens.
       
     

The Oasis, interior view 3: The Studio - After Velasquez

Materials: MDF, wood, acrylic, epoxy, glass, concrete, watercolor, polystyrene, porcelain, silicon, chlorine, rubber, water pump and water, halogen and fluorescent lights, and peephole lens.

The Palace at 4 AM
       
     
The Palace at 4 AM

view from entrance

On view at White Columns, New York, NY from June to July 2003

The Palace at 4 AM is an installation included in a group exhibition at White Columns, entitled Phantom Arch. The spaces for The Palace at 4 AM are drawn from places I have lived - both in the United States and in Iran.

For this installation, I built two rooms containing three interior spaces hidden behind locked doors. The viewer accessed the interior spaces of these rooms by looking through security peephole lenses installed in the doors. Through one of the lenses, one sees a view of stairs, leading to a brightly lit Attic space. Under the Attic steps is a child-sized door. The viewer stoops down under the stairway crawlspace and look through the small door’s peephole to see the second interior space, entitled The Palace at 4 AM. This tableaux is a reconstruction of my childhood home in Tehran, Iran built primarily from memory.

The second constructed room contains Bedroom, a recreation of a room I lived in in Philadelphia, located 25 feet from the I-95 overpass. Bedroom is a kinetic work: the window lights shift from dark to light at irregular intervals, simulating the effect of cars driving past at night. A recording, composed of looped highway traffic is loosely synced to the changing lights.

Materials include: sheetrock, wood, MDF, polystyrene, doors with hardware, acrylic, sand, felt, Plexiglas, cloth, 25 RPM satellite dish motor, sound component(looped recording), halogen lights, and peephole lenses.

  The Palace at 4 AM,  exterior view of room containing  Attic , as well as view of crawlspace under the steps.
       
     

The Palace at 4 AM, exterior view of room containing Attic, as well as view of crawlspace under the steps.

  The Palace at 4 AM , installation view of door peephole
       
     

The Palace at 4 AM, installation view of door peephole

  The Palace at 4 AM , interior view of  Attic   Materials include:  wood, MDF, acrylic, polystyrene, porcelain, halogen lights, and peephole lens
       
     

The Palace at 4 AM, interior view of Attic

Materials include:  wood, MDF, acrylic, polystyrene, porcelain, halogen lights, and peephole lens

  The Palace at 4 AM , installation view of small door under  Attic  stairs crawlspace- height of door: 39 inches.
       
     

The Palace at 4 AM, installation view of small door under Attic stairs crawlspace- height of door: 39 inches.

  The Palace at 4 AM , installation view of door peephole lens
       
     

The Palace at 4 AM, installation view of door peephole lens

  The Palace at 4 AM , interior view  Materials include: MDF, wood, polystyrene, Plexiglas, sand, felt, halogen lights, and peephole lens
       
     

The Palace at 4 AM, interior view

Materials include: MDF, wood, polystyrene, Plexiglas, sand, felt, halogen lights, and peephole lens

  The Palace at 4 AM , installation view of space between rooms
       
     

The Palace at 4 AM, installation view of space between rooms

 The Palace at 4 AM, installation of room with door leading to  The Bedroom
       
     

The Palace at 4 AM, installation of room with door leading to The Bedroom

  The Palace at 4 AM , interior view of  Bedroom   Materials include:  MDF, wood, aluminum, cloth, Plexiglas, 25 RPM satellite dish motor, foam core, halogen lights, sound (looped recording), and peephole lens
       
     

The Palace at 4 AM, interior view of Bedroom

Materials include:  MDF, wood, aluminum, cloth, Plexiglas, 25 RPM satellite dish motor, foam core, halogen lights, sound (looped recording), and peephole lens

Airport Parking Garage
       
     
Airport Parking Garage

peephole lens, diameter: 1 inch

  Airport Parking Garage , interior view  Looking through a peephole lens, the viewer glimpses an empty parking garage. Approximately every 25 seconds, an airplane slowly glides past. A recording, composed of looped found sound, is loosely synced to the motion of the plane.  Materials include:  MDF, acrylic, polystyrene, Plexiglas, halogen lights, 12 RPM gear motor, belt, paperclip, sound component (looped recording
       
     

Airport Parking Garage, interior view

Looking through a peephole lens, the viewer glimpses an empty parking garage. Approximately every 25 seconds, an airplane slowly glides past. A recording, composed of looped found sound, is loosely synced to the motion of the plane.

Materials include: MDF, acrylic, polystyrene, Plexiglas, halogen lights, 12 RPM gear motor, belt, paperclip, sound component (looped recording

The Rapture
       
     
The Rapture

Materials include: MDF, wood, acrylic, resin, cloth, polystyrene, aluminum, fluorescent light and peephole lens.

  The Rapture , detail
       
     

The Rapture, detail

  The Rapture , detail of model roof and ladder leading to interior.
       
     

The Rapture, detail of model roof and ladder leading to interior.

  The Rapture , interior view
       
     

The Rapture, interior view