Another quick parish notice, looks like there’s lots happening in terms of art in London this coming Thursday. The Howard Griffin Gallery is a constantly rewarding space, The triumph behind artist Pablo Delgado’s yellow door was a particular stand out, ant that Thierry Noir Museum has been rather colourful, did drag on for a long time though (i it still there in their Shoreditch space?) . The latest Howard Griffin Gallery presentation isn’t at their Shoreditch gallery, this time they leave East London and head for a “vast off-site 14,000 square foot former industrial testing facility in central London” here come the details, rather looking forward to this one….
“Howard Griffin Gallery presents Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo‘s first exhibition for two years in a vast off-site 14,000 square foot former industrial testing facility in central London. The show will consist of an exclusive new body of works on canvas and monumental sculptural installation.
Curated by Hannah Zafiropoulos, Soundscape by Seth Troxler, at Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Rd, London, NW1 5LS (closest tube: Baker Street)
Mehdi Ghadyanloo – The City Of Hope. Acrylic on canvas, 120cm by 180cm (2016).
Full gallery statement:
On 2 March 2017, Howard Griffin Gallery will present Spaces Of Hope, the much anticipated exhibition of new painting and installation by Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo. This exhibition is an important moment in the artist’s practice set against a backdrop of intense political upheaval on the global stage and is an ambitious offsite project for Ghadyanloo and Howard Griffin Gallery in the industrial 14,000 square foot Ambika P3 exhibition space in central London.
In a year that has seen political instability dominate the conversation, we have witnessed a notable shift away from our global, connected world towards an ever-increasing isolationism. 2016 passed with a sense of hopelessness, a feeling of historical determinacy that moves us ever closer to some unknown future. In both a literal and metaphorical sense, walls are being erected between ideologies, religions and countries, threatening to divide us. In this polarised world, art represents one of the only domains in which the possibility of a collective imaginary of the future remains, offering a vision of complexity and nuance that resists the temptation to an oversimplification that feeds conflict.
Spaces Of Hope traces the development of Ghadyanloo’s interest in the phenomenology of space and is the latest gesture of this extraordinary artist. Ghadyanloo’s paintings focus on our bodily experience of spatiality, depth and perspective as the viewer is projected into an alternate plane of reality, a phenomenological state beyond territories or borders. Vast, empty landscapes dominated by architectural forms disorient the viewer, leaving them groundless. At times, buildings are reminiscent of contemporary Tehran: abstracted and displaced, yet familiar and lit from within with the warm glow of a possible future. However, Ghadyanloo seeks to undermine any identification with a recognisable reality. He paints an art of illusion to reveal truths, heightened realism to awaken us to aspects of our contemporary reality that we might otherwise deny.
Ghadyanloo has always challenged our perceptions with his his art be it through canvas, sculpture or his position as Iran’s foremost public artist. In his characteristic and highly evocative style, Ghadyanloo presents a complex abstraction of contemporary politics, giving us a nuanced vision of the world around us and the hope that we may yet find spaces of hope in the darkness.
Mehdi Ghadyanloo biography:
Mehdi Ghadyanloo (b. 1981) is an Iranian artist known for his utopian and philosophical paintings that interrogate universal human precepts such as fear, hope and loss. Through the portrayal of minimal heterotopic environments, surreal architectural arrangements, and the repeated use of symbolic elements such as stairs, balloons and aeroplanes, Ghadyanloo invites us to consider new realities and the shared universality of our existence. Ghadyanloo has always lived in Iran and grew up on a farm during the Iran-Iraq war. The uncertain experiences of war and sanctions had a lasting effect on his psyche.
Through his works Ghadyanloo subconsciously encapsulates and expresses a sense of suspension for an entire generation living in Iran. Although at times somber, Ghadyanloo’s work conveys hope that change can be effected, and it speaks with joy of what remains glorious in gloomy times. Aside from his works on canvas, a wide range of print making techniques, and sculpture, Ghadyanloo is also one of Iran’s foremost public artists. After answering an open call from the Municipality of Tehran’s Beautification Bureau, Ghadyanloo painted over 100 gigantic murals throughout Tehran between 2004 and 2011.
That Pablo Delgado show, Opens Tomorrow Morning, has almost come to an end, November 1st is when the delight to be found behind that yellow door ends (or maybe it actually opens that morning?). The Pablo Delgado show is at the Howard Griffin Gallery, Shoreditch, East London, we make no apologies for bringing it up……