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Box as Portrait – Golnar Adili

August 12, 2019 - August 16, 2019

| $800

Box as Portrait – Golnar Adili

Dates: August 12-16, 2019
Studio: Bindery
Class limit: 4
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $75

In order to reserve your space in the class, we require a $300 deposit.


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In this class, we will examine portraiture in the context of the box utilizing design, architectural thinking and book arts. We will cover different iterations of boxes depending on the content each participant is hoping to house and express. This could range from combinations such as an image of a face covering parts of a simple “shoe box” to more complex interpretations of portraiture such as embedding an object or a loved one’s piece of clothing in a clamshell or nesting boxes.

Initially we will use a simple solvent transfer technique to multiply the image in mind on various desirable papers to ultimately use to cover the box. In developing the appropriate home for our portrait we will use fundamental book arts elements such as hinges and the accordion, and some architecture concepts such as sheathing, scaffolding, and landscape. A mixed media approach is highly encouraged as we will experiment with encaustic, plaster rolls and collage.


Golnar Adili

Adili is a mixed media artist based in Brooklyn. She was born in Virginia, and moved to Iran when she was four. She left Iran to pursue higher education in the US. She holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan, where she received the Thesis Award and was the recipient of the Booth Traveling Fellowship to Tehran, in 2006.

She has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts in Bellagio, Italy, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation for the Arts, Lower East Side Printshop, and Women’s Studio Workshop among others.

Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include, Craft and Folk Art Museum LA, Cue Art Foundation, International Print Center NY, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Lower East Side Printshop. Some of the grants she has received include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, The Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books, Puffin Foundation Grant, and the Urban Artist Initiative grant. Golnar is currently a resident at the Center for Book Arts in New York.



August 12, 2019
August 16, 2019
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