Between Ornament and Structure

A Solo Show by Farniyaz Zaker

Barvinskyi Gallery 

MAY 17 / 2024 - JUNE 21 / 2024

Barvinskyi Gallery is pleased to present “Between Ornament and Structure”, a solo show by Farniyaz Zaker (b. 1982 Tehran).  A multidisciplinary artist whose work spans the fields of textile art, sculpture, drawing, print, video and installation, Zaker has long been interested in how architecture, textiles and the body interact to shape our perception of space, boundaries and identity. 

The same themes reoccur in Zaker’s current show at Barvinskyi Gallery, where the focus largely lies on the space-making qualities of textiles. The show draws on the ideas of the seminal Viennese modernist architect Adolf Loos, who called for an architecture informed by the functionality of textiles (Das Prinzip der Bekleidung, 1898) and suspicious of ornamentation (Ornament und Verbrechen, 1908). But the show also questions the juxtaposition of structure and ornament, for example, by turning decorative features, such floral patterns that are widely used in textiles, into fundamental elements of structure. Most of the structures thus created or evoked are barriers of one form or another. 

“Between Ornament and Structure” a solo exhibition by Farniyaz Zaker at Barvinskyi Gallery


O Gallery at Paper Positions Berlin 2024 

Press Release

April 25 - April 28, 2024
O Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth participation at Paper Positions Berlin 2024 with a quartet presentation of works on paper by Afshan Daneshvar, Maryam Mohry, Razieh Sedighian and Farniaz Zaker
From 25 – 28 April 2024, 60 international galleries will showcase over 150 artistic positions from 11 countries. Curated individual and group presentations will display a diverse range of works on and with paper in the atrium of the Deutsche Telekom Hauptstadtrepräsentanz, centrally located at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin-Mitte.
ppber24_Insta_1080x1080 Farniyaz Zaker, Dress Code for a Cul-de-Sac #1, gouache, ink, sewing pattrens on prints, 19x13x2 cm, 2022-2023

 Between Ornament and Structure: Carpets in Modern Art and Architecture 

Written by Farniyaz Zaker

The Textile Musuem Journal

November 2024

 Volume: 51