Nathan Azhderian
Born Santa Rosa, CA (US), 1982
Nationality US
'Pain statement, value proposition', 2014
'Pain statement, value proposition', 2014

Rose scented paper, store-bought lighting effects, polyester, satin and plastic flowers. Nathan Azhderian is  attracted to these motifs by way of the same logic people use to decorate diners and bars: not so much self-expression in the artistic sense, but a desire to express hospitality and affection with limited means.
Although the formal language of this enterprise is familiar, its treatment is too personal to achieve conventional effects. It bears the hallmarks of an amateur using inexpensive materials; the 'proper' result is always under or over-performed.
But what results from this failure to make a convincing display of material value and good taste? For Azhderian, the familiarity and poverty of his materials emphasize their emotive qualities. Here, the work of the artist is conceived as a kind of affective labor, appealing to 'cheap' sentiments as a means to integrate the perceptual apparatus of the body into a larger system of productive agencies. In this appeal to emotion, fixed concepts are overtaken by sensibility and space becomes fluid and open to creative play.


MFA, Yale University, 2010
BFA, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 2004

Residencies and Fellowships
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten / Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, US.
The Norman Joondeph Traveling Fellowship
Robert Scholkopf Fellowship

Selected Exhibitions
Shared Basement (with Melanie Bonajo), kunstenaarsinitiatief beyoncé, Amsterdam, NL
The Problem with Everything (with Milieu Service Nederland), ETCAMA, Amsterdam, NL
Ugly, Broke, Sober, Kathleen Cullen Gallery, New York, NY.
Data Trash, I-20 Gallery, New York, NY, US.
Hexis, KMG, Brooklyn, NY, US.
Inhabiter, Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, PNCA. Portland, OR, US.
Touchy Feely, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, US.
Leads to Another, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY, US.
Musee Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, US.
Evento Cultural, LACAP, San Salvador, El Salvador
Building Sculpture Building, Yale University, CT, US.
The Structure is Not a Sculpture, Yale University, New Haven, CT, US.
Power Solitaire, Partners, New Haven, CT, US.

Curatorial Projects
Darcy Lange: Work Studies, with Mercedes Vicente & New Users Group. Yale University.