Opening on Tuesday 6th of June, 2017 at 9pm
Exhibition of Iranian artist Salar Ahmadian.
Artist Salar Ahmadian’s most recent works weave together text and colour, tradition and modernity. Entitled From Past to Present, in this most extensive solo show to date Ahmadian delves beyond the calligraphic script to present a new visual language akin to the symbolism of Pop Art or the serendipitous creative process of Surrealism.
For Ahmadian, his creative process is based upon the crux of his style of calligraphy and the achievements of Contemporary Western art history. As found in the artist’s previous paintings, these new works show how he has once again abstracted the calligraphic form so that the formal resemblance to the traditional script is made clear, and yet the characters are devoid of a clear textual meaning; they are so abstracted that it is impossible to know of what they first stood for.
While the artist studied calligraphic art at university, he also desired to move calligraphy away from merely a traditional representation to a form which included the abstract synthesis of the present. As the title of the exhibition suggests, these works showcase a way to approach the differences between the past and the present: Ahmadian couldn’t arrive at these present shapes and colours had he not been influenced by the past.
Address: Salmiya, Baghdad St.36, in the front of Al Laheeb Mosque
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