Originally from Tehran, Mohsen Khalili emigrated to Canada in 1997 and was soon exhibiting his work regularly in the Lower Mainland. Khalili’s career took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition that attacks vital organs, skin, and bones. As he continues to work with physical tools that are increasingly failing, Khalili has embraced an aesthetics of imperfection – by “making undone,” he uses his work to reflect on the universal nature of entropy.
This exhibition is a comprehensive survey of Khalili’s abundant creative output. Showcasing several major series of paintings, sculpture, and prints, Remote Gardening with DysfunctionED Tools is a poignant journey through the processes by which one human body, or large systems, can become dysfunctional.
Image Credit: Mohsen Khalili, Planet of the Little Prince (detail), 2012, acrylic and ink wash on canvas, 64 x 59 in