TAHER ASAD-BAKHTIARI (Iranian, b. 1982)
Reclaimed Oil Barrels, 2017
Metal with resin
Green: 16.5" H x 17" W x 17.5" D
Blue: 16.5" H x 17.5" W x 16.75" D
Red: 17.75" H x 18" W x 17.5" D
Born in Tehran in 1982, Taher currently lives between Tehran, Dubai and New York. Asad-Bakhtiari is a self-taught artist whose practice focuses on, but is not limited to, objects, textiles, and experiences. After studying multimedia and management in Canada and Switzerland, Taher opened a creative agency in Tehran and later New York City. He has developed several bodies of work including "The Tribal Weave Project," a multi-tiered and ongoing reimagination of tribal artifacts, and "Recovered Barrels," a metaphorical conceptualization of crude oil containers.
Asad-Bakhtiari explains, "Cleaned and all spruced up, the finished products are a cross between recycled art, environmental art, and upcycle. Each one is unique in style and color and continue to be multi-functional. Rescued from a fate of total destruction, the barrels tell a story of diversion, barter, overcoming resistance, metamorphosis, and recovery. As such, they stand as a testament to Iran's modern and torturous history: from riches to dust, from shiny new to battered and barely surviving, from frivolity to austerity and then slow re-conversion.... [they] stand as a subtle reminder that in a city of extremes, it is the simple things that tell the biggest stories.