The ten artists represented in Periphery Space’s current group exhibit have mostly migrated from one country to another, in many cases repeatedly. (Four of the ten have lived in Iran, and the rest represent migration to/from Europe, Asia, Mexico, and South America.) Presented in a range of media, from embroidery to video, the show’s standouts include Saman Sajasi’s digitally printed silk map of Tehran [pictured] and a braid of hair, stretched over a rectangular canvas, by young Japanese-American artist Teruko Kushi. A couple of pieces seemed frivolous – the airport scanner installed at the gallery entrance felt rather silly – but Julia Mandle’s simple charcoal boat drawings and embroidery are quietly very strong.
(Note: Saman Sajasi will be speaking with Maya Krinsky at the gallery on October 5 at 7pm.)