On view January 14th – February 10th
Reception 4-6pm Sunday, January 18th
For this series of paintings, Azad Sadjadi made up an isolated world for two luchadores in training. Michael Smith and Christopher Schank are just a couple of guys from the Midwest, pursuing a life in the ring without a clue on how to get there. Acting here as satires of the overeducated, underutilized youth of America, our “heroes” have big dreams but these seem hauntingly unattainable in a world where coming up with the monthly rent or trying to find a second job are continuous struggles. Goals like home ownership or paying off student loans become as far fetched as a couple of twenty-something guys from Omaha becoming luchadores. And yet, there is something beautiful and amusing to be found in their pursuit. One could call them modern day Don Quixotes.
Originally from California, Azad Sadjadi has called Portland home since 2006. His work has been shown at Nisus Gallery, Graeter Art Gallery, and Lewis & Clark College among other places.
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