Elena Masrour, “Bingo, I’m the King Now”; March 18th – April 11th in auxiliary gallery

Bingo, I’m the King Now
Elena Masrour
Public reception: April 7th, 2023, 6-9pm

Bingo, I’m the King Now is a collection of fifteen ink drawings by Elena Masrour. In co-opting the brushy, tightly-framed aesthetic of American comics, Masrour invites Western viewers into a critique of the oppression of Iranian people. The artist illustrates smiling women, taunting and engaging beastly demons drawn from the style of historic Persian miniature paintings as a means to champion a non-restrictive future for Iranian women.

Bingo, I’m the King Now opens to view on Saturday, March 18th at Waterloo Arts Gallery (15605 Waterloo Rd). A public reception will take place during First Fridays Walk All Over Waterloo on Friday, April 7th from 6-9pm with the opening of Judy Giera’s And it can give some joy in the main gallery. This exhibition will be open to visit through April 11th during regular gallery hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12pm-4pm, and by appointment on weekdays. To request an appointment, email gallery@waterlooarts.org or call 216.692.9500.

Facebook event (soft opening)

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Elena Masrour is an Iranian artist; she currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is a Visiting Faculty-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kansas State University in 2022, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fabric & Textile Design from the Tehran University of Art in 2013. Elena’s paintings and Prints have been shown in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Philadelphia, Ohio, Florida, and France. She is a recipient of various grants and awards from the Iranian Visual Arts Association, emerging artists, and a small grant from Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences from the College of Art & Science at Kansas State University. She recently received the Byrnell. W Figler award in the 53rd juried annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition in Hays Art Council and The third place recipient of Dialogue Reconstructed 2022 juried exhibition at Hutchinson Art Center, celebrating diversity and diverse artists. 

IG: @elenamasrour

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