The young painter, who received her MFA from New York Academy Of Art in 2009, depicts Persian women coming of age in this show. Filled with beautiful, beguiling women, who seemed to have time traveled from their 18th century lives to sit for their portraits, dressed in their finest garb and adorned with ponies, unicorns, dollhouses, whips, lingerie, and bondage.
Realistically rendered with acute lighting, the style is slightly out of focus, adding to the sense of fantasy and illusion in this work. Panni recalls a fascination with her father’s Playboy magazines and their particular stylization of women which held tightly to her memory and led to her determination of uninhibited expression.
The clothing worn in these portraits are exact replications of period garb from LA’s Palace Costumes.
Additionally, Panni presents a series of pink dollhouses in an antique wallpapered, “bedroom” setting alongside the paintings.
Panni Malekzadeh‘s beautiful portraits of contemporary women take us back to that magical time in our life when we realized we were completely in the midst of womanhood, yet still felt young and girly at heart. For some reason, taking on the world with limited experience, but an eagerness and willingness to try anything, felt empowering and thrilling. Less an age that we retrieve memories from, and more a state of mind, Malekzadeh’s Love Me Till It Hurts seems to have been created under this guise as well.
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery
May 29 13 @ 6:06 PMMarina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX
May 30 13 @ 6:10 PMLee "Scratch" Perry at Le Poisson Rouge
May 31 13 @ 6:15 PMAzari & III at Highline Ballroom
Jun 07 13 @ 10:42 AMThe Govenors Ball NYC Music Festival
Aug 28 13 @ 3:55 PMVenice Film Festival
May 02 13 @ 2:18 PMMedium Concepts Sample Sale