Tabatabai's works evolve from exploring the aesthetic possibilities offered by repetition and precision. The works that teeter on the edge between painting and sculpture. Embracing the formal aesthetic of American minimalism these works, conceived of string, paint and a variety of supports, encompass a haptic quality often missing in hard-edged abstraction. In 2003 Hadi Tabatabai visited Agnes Martin at her home in New Mexico. During his visit, Tabatabai asked Martin if she thought perfection, beauty, and reality were one and the same. Upon reflection, Martin countered that they are different, but there is a place where all three come together. The carefully calibrated composition of this work invites you to consider the planes of reality from which the work originates. The perception is best described as an experience, which evokes a sense of otherworldliness. Made by human hand, this object appears to be machine-made but not mechanical. It is this contradiction harboured in each of the artist's works that alludes to his own experience. Similar works were acquired by the Berkley Museum of Art from Bartha Contemporary in 2013.
About The Gallery
Bartha Contemporary was founded by Swiss-German couple Niklas and Daniela von Bartha in January 2000. The gallery relocated to its