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Schlesinger Center’s Passage Gallery Presents Form and Formation: Drawings by the Azadeh Saharaeian

Azadeh Sahraeian, Formation No.12, 60 x 66,Pen on Arches paper on Board. Courtesy of Passage Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19 from 2pm to 4pm
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The Passage Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is very excited to present

Form and Formation: Drawings by the Azadeh Saharaeian. Her solo exhibition will run from January 19, 2019 through March 3, 2019.  The opening reception is on Saturday afternoon, January 19th, 2019 from 2-4PM.

Azadeh Sahraeian was born in Omidiyeh, Iran and received an M.A. in architecture from Azad University of Shiraz. Her artwork remains strongly rooted in design, focuses on the relationship between formation, growth and time. Being influenced by the architect and philosopher, Christopher Alexander, she approaches design as the art of creating living entities in different disciplines.

Azadeh and her husband, Arash, have received several awards for their unique approach to architectural design.  In addition, their work and papers have been published in many magazines including IKE conference in Las Vegas and Shiraz contemporary architects annual book.

In 2012, while working for a prestigious architectural firm in Shiraz, Iran, she decided to examine her knowledge in a different medium, meticulous ink drawing on paper. The stunning results are seen in this compelling exhibition.

Azadeh and her husband moved to the United States in 2013 and they are living in North Bethesda, Maryland.

 “My artistic practice is more focused on the formation process rather than the form itself; hence, my drawings represent the process of genesis and growth; the lines grow from points that have been set on motion, as the plant grows from its seed. Each drawing begins with a single element, a “center”, and continues with duplication process in which strong centers evolve in levels of scale, pronounced boundaries and alternative repetition. Emerging new centers continue till the whole drawing evolves.”

The Passage Gallery is located on the second level of the Schlesinger Center. The artists’ reception is free and open to the public. The galleries at the Schlesinger Center are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall performances and public events. The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA, 22311.