Yasi Alipour '18, The Pleasure of Futile Cycles (installation view)

Adjunct Assistant Professor Yasi Alipour '18 in Solo Show at Twelve Gates Arts

BY Catherine Fisher, April 12, 2022

Adjunct Assistant Professor Yasi Alipour  '18 is featured in a solo exhibition at Twelve Gates Arts in Philadelphia. The Pleasure of Futile Cycles opened on March 29, 2022 and remain on view until April 23. 


This exciting show was curated by Maryam Ghoreishi in collaboration with the acclaimed New York platform Asia Contemporary Art Forum (ACAF). This is the first “association between the two Iranian born Brooklyn based art professionals, Alipour and Ghoreishi,” according to the press release. 


The Pleasure of Futile Cycles features recent and new tactile works. These works on a variety of papers are made through folding and unfolding paper in combination with the cyanotype process. In the press release, the artist notes, “the ad infinitum performance of folding…refers to an infinite choreography on each sheet of paper, evok[ing] rituals as repeated action, rooted in childhood.” This habit and joy surrounding folding paper meets a curiosity about math and numbers, and the outcome is a beautifully geometric and compelling series of works.


Alipour is an Iranian artist/writer based in Brooklyn. She is a recipient of a Sharpe Walentas Studio Program Award (2019/2021), Rema Hort Foundation Emerging Artist Nominee (2018/2019), and the Triple Canopy Publication Intensive (2018). Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally, spaces including the Geary Contemporary (2021), Secca (2020), Venice Biennale (2019, IT), Hercules Program (2019, NY), 17 Essex (2019, NY), Limiditi-Temporary Art Project (2018, MR), Practice (2018, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (2018, SR), Art in Odd Places (2017, NY), and PPOW (2017, NY). Her writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Spot Magazine, Asia Contemporary Art Week, Photograph Magazine, Volume One/Triple Canopy, and the Dear Dave. Her recent featured interviews include Julie Mehretu, Dorothea Rockburne, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Okwui Okpokwasili, Sanford Biggers, Yto Barrada, Hans Haacke, Mark Dion, Aliza Nisenbaum, Jane Benson, and Kevin Beasley. Alipour holds an MFA from Columbia University and is on the  faculty at Columbia University, Parsons, and SVA.