In his delicate combinations of squares, rectangles and floating lines, Hadi Tabatabai makes a strong case for the ongoing vitality of the minimalist credo: that by neutralizing the ego ambitions of the artist and by eliminating all forms of extraneous visual noise viewers can become aware of their own perceptions. It’s a time-tested, high-Modernist formulation that connects the seeming opposites of science and religion, logic and belief, craft and high art. By ratcheting his own practice of it up to a level of asceticism and obsession that would have even Agnes Martin smiling, the Iran-born Berkeley artist scores a significant victory in the realm of optical illusionism.
Connie Goldman says
Thank you for posting this review of Hadi’s show. His work is more than deserving of critical attention and praise.