"Dysfunctional Tools 3"
Mohsen Khalili, "Dysfunctional Tools 3," 2005, bronze, 7" x 4.75" x 4".
MOHSEN KHALILI, Dysfunctional Tools, Sculpture and Drawings
Gallery Jones, Vancouver
Feb 2 - 25, 2006
By Beverly Cramp
Call his artwork nice and Mohsen Khalili will be insulted. “I don’t think nice is relevant for the kind of work I do,” says the artist who sculpts, draws and makes prints. “I would like to stir things up. Not really shock, but make people reconsider their perceptions, if only for a few minutes.” The Iranian-born Canadian artist has been battling psoriatic arthritis, a painful affliction that affects his movements. This is reflected in his work of the past three years. “I looked at my hands, my feet and my existence, all of which are deteriorating. They are not as functional anymore. I was interested in what will happen in the future, not from an emotional point of view, but looking at it mechanically.” Khalili says all his work, whether drawing or sculpture, is like collage in that he takes images from various situations, puts them in different situations and mixes them together. “I like to disorient reality,” he says. Khalili graduated from Capilano College’s Art Institute with sculpture and printmaking diplomas. He’s had solo and group shows in Vancouver, Tehran, New York, Paris and Tokyo.
Represented by: Gallery Jones, Vancouver.