Sanaz Mazinani :
Dark Bright


DATES: May 11 - August 11, 2019

RECEPTION: Friday, May 17, 2019 | 6pm - 8pm

Visiting Info

Dark Bright emerges from researching the archaeology of the present through a consideration of how fields of vision are produced within individuals and nations across history.

Artist Sanaz Mazinani was inspired to create an installation where bistable images, reflective surfaces, and geometric patterns form optical illusions offering a space for reflection on the complex relationship between optics in the brain and the development of a critical perspective within the mind. One understands what they see because of conditions and forces that emerge from specific moments in history that come together to shape an individuals’ entanglement within particular narratives.

Mazinani holds an undergraduate degree from Ontario College of Art & Design and a master’s degree in fine arts from Stanford University. Her work has appeared in solo exhibitions at institutions including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the West Vancouver Museum. She has exhibited her work globally at venues including in the US at Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, the di Rosa Museum in Napa, Euphrat Museum of Art in Cupertino, Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia as well as at venues in Canada, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Mazinani’s artwork has been written about in Artforum, artnet News, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, among others. Her work was recently featured in Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World published by Phaidon. She was recently awarded the Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant and National Endowment for the Arts grant programs, and her work is held in public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the San Francisco International Airport. She currently teaches in the photography department at the San Francisco Art Institute.