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Fathom Gallery Presents Nima Veiseh TimeFrames

Between White and Black by Nima Veiseh. Courtesy of the artist.

Between White and Black by Nima Veiseh. Courtesy of the artist.

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Opening Reception: Thursday, May 19 from 6:30pm to 10pm

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On May 19, 2016 Enigma of New York will host his third solo show in Washington, DC. TimeFrames, a body of work reflecting the geometry of memory and the reflection of the human condition, will show at Fathom Gallery (1333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005), in the heart of Logan Circle. Fueled by a condition called Hyperthymesia, one that forces him to replay every moment of his life like a movie, in exact detail, Veiseh is said to be the only person in the world to translate this condition to art, and only 1 of 50 people with the condition. For the first time in Washington DC, Veiseh will also present the work in a 3-D, virtual reality presentation using. The show will be open for one night only, with an invitation only press preview from 5:30-6:30 and a public opening from 6:30pm to 10:00pm.

Nima Veiseh, also known by his street moniker the Enigma of Newyork (EON), paints natural moments of transition and connectivity. His work is a mixed media bricolage technique of acrylic paints, spray paint and other materials. Veiseh’s current body of work The Persistence of Memory explores the geometry of memory and its reflection on the human condition. Using bold colors, layers of paint and abstract shapes and formations, he distills natural moments of transition and connectivity into artistic expression. His process is enabled by a condition called Hyperthymesia, which means he remembers every day of his life like film since the age of 15. This condition is known to affect only 50 people worldwide, and he is the only to paint using this ability.

Timeframes will be further enhanced by using the new technology of Oculus Rift, a virtual reality machine that will bring Fathom Gallery to life and share Timeframes around the world. During the exhibition attendees will have the opportunity to attend the exhibition in person and in the virtual world. Using this technology the exhibition will be live before, during and after the reception to see the work in the Gallery space.

Featured on the BBC and NPR, Veiseh’s unique training as both scientist and artist informs his perspective. At the MIT Media lab, he researched how systems and the natural world could be decomposed from moving parts into layers of visual representation. Training as scientist and engineer helped him develop his own instruments and enable his action painting technique, so that he can translate the many interacting layers of memory onto canvas. Training formally as artist as well, he differentiates his process through the unique ability to see time differently, an ability enabled by a rare memory condition called Hyperthymesia, affecting only 50 individuals worldwide. The process involves dozens of layers in order to achieve the dynamic textures that respond differently depending on the surrounding space and lighting. In the past year, his work has been on featured in Washington, DC, New York City, and London. He has trained at the Arts League of New York on 57th Street, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fathom Gallery is located at 1333 14th St. NW. For more information on the show or to schedule an interview with an artist or the gallery, contact [email protected]