The first major exhibition by this leading Iranian artist in five years.
Khosrejerdi will also be participating in a workshop programme involving members of Crisis Skylight Bermondsey, linking together both his and Crisis' preoccupation with social engagement and how political decisions can negatively affect the society of the future.
Hossein Khosrejerdi was born in Tehran in 1957 and educated at the city's Beaux Arts School. A leading Iranian artist, he has exhibited in many museums and has received numerous prizes and accolades, including the Grand Prize of the Sharjah Biennial in 2001.
This new body of works testifies how investigation (research) and transformation are still the main drives of Khosrejerdi's practice. This time, it is the inner gaze that contemplates the act of painting. Produced after his immigration to the UK, the series of works deconstructs the artistic attitudes which gave birth to various masterpieces of Western art. Khosrejerdi anatomises these masterpieces and random banal images to their most fundamental formal elements, seeking the refinement of their emotional essence.
An essential feature of the project is the underlined presence of painting in all of Khosrejerdi's digital works. Most of them resemble the texture of the brushstroke on canvas and the tradition of abstract and minimal painting.
In order to discover one true relationship in creating a painting, it is necessary to sacrifice a thousand surface appearances without being able to actually visualise or examine them. By using digital devices, the artist is able to materialise the possibilities of appearances, and to acknowledge, emphasise and intertwine the element of chance and arbitrary alterations in the process of image making. Through this process, he proposes possibilities of overcoming this particular limitation of painting.
The resulting artworks assert nothing definite, and avoid making a specific point. He creates a pictorial space that encourages audience engagement in creating meanings and interpretations; a sensitive passage between the subjective space of the artist and his audience.
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