Avenue 12 Gallery Media Space

Minoosh Zomorodinia

Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist and educator who employs video, photography, installations and performance to make visible for audiences the emotional and psychological reflections of her mind’s eye inspired by nature. Her work exposes and experiments with humanity’s relationship to the natural world. She earned her MFA in new genres from San Francisco Art Institute, and holds a Masters degree in Graphic Design and BA in Photography from Azad University in Tehran. She has been the recipient of several awards and residences such as MFA Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute, Finalist Tosa Award, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Affiliate Program at Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally in Iran, USA, Finland, Romania, South Korea, Canada, England, and Mexico.

“Colonial Walk (21h:9′:3″)” 2017 Video. Edition of 5 with 1 AP. 9 min

Jeff Petersen

Avenue 12 Gallery is delighted to present Jeff Petersen: Entranced | Current State of Being. The exhibit has paintings, sculpture, wood cut prints, and installations by Jeff Petersen that explore our absorption with the glowing digital device, sometimes at the expense of that which surrounds us.

The exhibit revolves around a central character loosely based on Noppera-bō, a Japanese spirit who pretends to be someone you know, only to reveal itself as a faceless spirit. This character is clearly captivated by the digital world, perhaps absurdly so, and is juxtaposed with the natural world to which it has lost connection.

In Petersen’s paintings the external environments, lush and dreamlike, beckon for inclusion in the character’s current state of being. Yet the internal landscape of Being may be disconnected from humanity, the world, and even itself.

Jeff Petersen “Iceland” 2017 Oil on Canvas