Bird #1, 2018
mixed media
12 feet
Courtesy the artist, Baku, Azerbaijan

Farid Rasulov’s Bird #1 is a formal extraction of geometric, abstract shapes from designs seen in Azerbaijan rugs, each telling a story through symbols, colors and patterns unique to their distinct weaving region. In the context of the often vibrant and complex rug designs, birds are symbolic of the miracle of flight with the ability to see from a greater perspective. Rasulov’s simplified Bird #1 makes a multiplicity of references installed here as a massive white sculptural shape, a pixelated dove. While considering the context of a sculpture park, it is whimsical and humorous, a representation of the natural world in dialogue with the concept of representation in art. Ultimately though, Bird #1 is a celebration of Rasulov’s heritage and traditions in the Caucasus. Enlarged and isolated in this way, the story being told here is one of contradiction as Bird #1 is free yet isolated, exotic yet ordinary and comically profound.

This work was commissioned for Farid Rasulov: 1001 Skewers.

Special thanks to CEC Arts Link, New York; Zymo Sculpture, St. Louis; Joan and Mitch Markow and James and Mary Canova.

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Farid Rasulov was born in 1985 in Shusha, Azerbaijan. Solo exhibitions include Gallery Rabouan Moussion, Paris; Sharja Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah, UAE; Aidan Gallery, Moscow; and Kichik QalArt Gallery, Baku. Selected group exhibitions include Kunsthistorisches Museum-Neue Burg, Vienna; Spazio D-Maxxi National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow; ME Collectors Room, Berlin; Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris; Phillips de Pury & Company, London; 55th International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale-Azerbaijan Pavilion, Venice; Modern Art Museum, Baku; YARAT Contemporary Art Space Baku; Gazelli Art House, London; Kichik QalArt, Baku; PERM Museum of Modern Art (PERMM), Perm; Aidan Gallery, Moscow; Deutch Kyrkha, Baku; Voltahalle, Basel; M’ARS Gallery, Moscow; 53rd International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale-Azerbaijan Pavilion; Atrium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin; Residenzschloss, Dresden. Rasulov lives and works in Baku, Azerbaijan.


Visit www.faridrasulov.com for more information.