Untitled, Assar Gallery's represented artists
22 February -13 March, 2013

Assar Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of new works by nine of its represented artists: Alireza Adambakan (b.1976), Iman Afsarian (b.1974), Samira Alikhanzadeh (b.1967), Reza Azimian (b.1977), Mohammad Ghazali (b.1980), Roxana Manouchehri (b.1974), Azadeh Razaghdoost (b.1979), Babak Roshaninejad (b.1977) and Mojtaba Tajik (b.1966).

Alireza Adambakan’s work, selected from his renowned Haftad o Du Tan series, Hallaj, inspired by Sufi music and larger than his customary dimensions is a mixed media on square canvas that further emphasizes the presence of a single personage in the center. His choice of palette in addition- though similar to his routine- is used to specifically represent the color of a cloak.

Once more, depicting empty rooms and interior spaces, this time, Iman Afsarian plays with the reflection of light against the tiles of an empty bathroom to suggest a sense of time and a trace of human existence in an empty isolated area.

Samira Alikhanzadeh Centennial series consists of 100-year-old photographs of women musicians and women bands of the Qajar period. The work selected for this exhibition, second in the series, further shows the artist’s portrayal of modernism with respect to women’s professions and their appearance.

Reza Aziman’s work, selected from his most sought after series, the Download, reveals a sense of indifference. Always concerned with social issues, he tries to show that in the current time, appearance does not matter much and that in fact people associate with one another based on the benefits they may have for one another.

Mohammad Ghazali’s series, Need Something to Soothe Me works as a prerequisite to his solo show in the coming spring. Concerned with the city of Tehran, its life and its bitter sweet moments in his photographs, he tries to capture a sense of suspense, a novel aspect of the city that he creates in the frames that he chooses to create a fragmentary viewing of the city.

Roxana Manouchehri’s Celebration from her most recent series, Nostalgic Identity, portrays the contrast of two periods by placing out of place figures drawn from Persian Miniature against renaissance backgrounds to represent her journeying of contrast present in her paintings since 2004.

In her new series, In Search of Lost Time, Azadeh Razaghdoost plays with the notion of shadow to distance herself from the physical reality of nature and instead paints reflections of flowers and leaves that seem to breathe and dance.

Babak Roshaninjead’s triptych from his
Trilogy series, titled A Trio for Hansel, Gretel and the Witch, previously exhibited in the 2010 edition of Art Dubai, consists of the composition of two portraits and a full figure in the center to examine the issue of identity in an exaggerated graphic-like manner.

And last but not least, Mojtaba Tajik’s
Diary from his Boxes series communes a sense of nostalgia and similar to his previous boxes, it represents a period within which a person’s life is constructed, with some parts of it open to be observed publicly and some other parts closed and hidden away.