Ala Ebtekar Under Every Deep a Lower Deep Opens
published by Gallery 16 Editions
Gallery 16 Editions is pleased to announce the release of two new original prints with artist Ala Ebtekar, Under Every Deep A Lower Deep Opens.
Ebtekar is known for his work in painting, drawing, and installation. His work explores the juncture between history and myth melding together Persian mythology, science, philosophy, and pop culture. Ebtekar’s parents emigrated to the United States from Iran in the 1970s amidst the Iran-Iraq War. The artist was born in California while his parents were doing graduate studies at UC Berkeley. He later lived and traveled in Iran, learning traditional painting in the coffee houses and meeting young graffiti artists in Tehran.
In 2014, Gallery 16 Editions invited Ala to create two distinct but interconnected print editions. The concept was to use two books important to Ebtekar’s work as the foundation for each edition – not only as a conceptual foundation or conceit, but as the literal physical support for each print. The two books are the Divan-e-Hafez, Persian poet Hafez’s revered collection of works, first published in 1680 and Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Riverside Edition, published in 1889 by George Routledge and Sons, London.
Each print of Under Every Deep A Lower Deep Opens is produced on the actual pages of these books. The disassembled book pages were adhered to support sheets of Rives BFK. Ebtekar then created an ornate, windowed Persian lattice which is printed over the actual book pages. Each complete edition is the entire disassembled book. The Hafez edition yielded a total of ten 40 x 30 inch prints. The Emerson book yielded a total of 13 prints measuring 42 x 28 inches.