My artistic approach involves a meticulous examination of indirect impressions, drawing inspiration from visceral qualities of decay and relying on personal and collective memories. My childhood experiences exploring abandoned buildings and ruins have deeply influenced my fascination with the nuanced aspects of decomposition, which serves as a foundation for my deconstructive abstractions and interventions.
In response to contemporary challenges such as the pandemic and the devastating impact of climate change, I have expanded my approach using a post-futurist methodology. This allows me to explore how contagion, whether external or self-inflicted, can transform familiar configurations into abstracted and at times, alien depictions. This broader exploration highlights the intrinsic qualities of traumatic amalgamation and raises questions about the impact of these phenomena on our experiences, memories, and sense of history.
Amir Hariri was born in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated to the United States to attend college in the early 1990s. After earning a master's degree in engineering from Cornell University, he spent over a decade working on design projects from concert halls and museums to glass designs for Apple. Amir also spent 5 years studying painting and printmaking at the Art Students League, during which time he served as an assistant instructor and as a member of the board. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, with pieces included in public and private collections in the United States, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, and Japan. In New York, he has exhibited at various venues, including St. Thomas Aquinas College, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Denise Bibro Fine Art, FIT, the Painting Center, PS 122 and Wave Hill. Amir's work has been written about in publications such as Arte Fuse, Pank Magazine, the Woven Tale Press and Whitehot Magazine. Recent awards include the Museum of Arts and Design and NARS Foundation residencies, Smack Mellon 'Hot Picks' and the NYFA Fellowship.