Gallery History
M. Certo Studio
Gallery History
301 Mountain Rd. N.E.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102
301 Mountain Rd. N.E. 
Downtown Albuquerque, on the northeast corner of 
Mountain Rd. and Broadway Blvd. 

It's a big yellow warehouse, entrance is on the east side 
of the building. Parking is always available at the 
Post Office directly diagonal from the gallery.


Sunday 9am - 1pm 
or by Appointment: 842-8016
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Saturday, April 7, 2018
6:00 - 9pm
Exhibition Dates
4/7 - 4/20, 2018
Closing Reception
Friday, April 20, 2018
​6:00 - 9pm
Artist's Talk: UNM Art 143
​Friday, April 27th  12 noon - 1pm
In this show, Vacuum, Babak Shahsiah examines the idea of endlessness through various materials and techniques, including ink on fabric and paper as well as digital images. This show is an attempt to explore the meaning of time under the burden of eternity: when life would become accessible only between the first moment that is remembered and the last moment that is forgotten, when the inflation of the present separates it from the past and the future; when repetition can be mistaken as progress.

Artists Bio:

Babak was born in Tehran (the capital city of Iran) in 1984 and raised in the middle of intense, social-political changes. During and after receiving a BFA in Handicraft, he spent thirteen years in advertising agencies. Throughout those years, he dedicated his nights sketching, drawing, painting, and reading critical theories. This led him to explore and experience the contradictions and tensions between realities and ideals in social structures and how these manifest in an individual’s life. 

He came to the United States in 2014 to pursue his higher education degree and is currently an MFA candidate at The University of New Mexico. Babak’s prints, videos, assemblages, installations and performances have been exhibited at venues and galleries in the United States as well as Iran and Germany. 

He is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose works consist of assemblages of different mediums and materials to consider the concept of history as a stream of social-political changes rather than a platform for patriarchal heredity. His works interrogate and lay out how the existing state of affairs maintains and presents itself as the eternal order of the world by means of violence, oppression, social exclusion and isolation.