Sara Greenberger Rafferty & Arghavan Khosravi
In Real Life
Exhibited on-site at Rachel Uffner, “In Real Life” highlights new and recent works by Arghavan Khosravi and Sara Greenberger Rafferty. The duo initially collaborated on a virtual, joint presentation of their work staged this past spring for Frieze New York Online.
In Khosravi’s first show with the gallery, the artist presents three luminous paintings that center female figures while employing culturally and politically-charged symbols that, in nodding to her native Iran, also indicate a more critical stance than first impressions of her canvases may let on.
Among Rafferty’s works on view, the focal point is The Veldt (2019), which, at five feet tall and more than nine feet wide, is the largest piece that the artist has fabricated out of kiln-formed glass to date. Depicted on its surface is a female figure with her back to the viewer. Her purpose, trapped behind this wall of glass, is to serve as a warning—or, at least, a reminder—to cultivate a healthy awareness of the screens that surround us. Accordingly, its title takes after “The Veldt,” a short story by Ray Bradbury that alludes to the dangers of technology.
Arghavan Khosravi, Let Me Help You, 2019. Acrylic on found wood block, printed fabric and cotton canvas mounted on wood panel, 45 x 31 1/2 inches.