Art Exhibit - Taha Heydari - Until Oct 8, 2017 - SECCA - Winston-Salem, NC

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) presents the first solo museum exhibition of Baltimore-based, Iranian painter Taha Heydari.  Subliminal will feature several new large canvases created specifically for this exhibit. 

Subliminal is on view June 22 – Oct. 8, 2017.

Heydari’s singular style of abstraction results in paintings that resemble digital tapestries, within which are layers of content. His paintings combine screen images, digital abstract marks such as pixels, traditional Middle Eastern patterns and found photographs culled online. Submerging specific photographic source images of political leaders, military actions, and news events within a field of abstraction, Heydari reimagines the stories such images tell in their original context.

Subliminal messages emerge in Heydari’s paintings. Among the themes explored are the darkness of political authoritarianism, the pervasiveness of warfare, and the dominant, yet uncertain role that technology plays in contemporary consciousness.

Like an online archaeologist, Heydari describes his process of finding source material as an act of digging, “I like that moment of transmission when things are glitchy; the possibility of investigation is there.”

The exhibition is curated by Cora Fisher. "I am excited to present an emerging artist whose work invites us to search for and make meaning from the image fragments of our visual culture. Heydari’s work is both sublime and super-charged in its content.”


About the Artist:

Taha Heydari (Born 1986, Tehran, Iran) received his MFA in painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2016 and his BFA in painting at the Art University of Tehran in 2010. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including in Tehran, Berlin, Kuwait, Dubai, London, Amsterdam, and Baltimore. Heydari has recently had two solo gallery exhibitions, one at the Haines Gallery in San Francisco and the other at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts in New York City. Subliminal is his first solo museum exhibition.


The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Promotional sponsorship by Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC)



Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 18:00 to Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 20:00