mehdi ghadyanloo

remeMbering the oblivion

Rod Bianco is pleased to present Remembering the Oblivion by Mehdi Ghadyanloo. In this exhibition the artist will present a series of paintings, as well as a collection of drawings. This will be his first solo show at the gallery. Known for his gigantic trompe l’oeil-style murals in central Tehran, Ghadyanloo also creates paintings, with surreal and minimalistic themes. Through his works, Ghadyanloo opens a window into the mood of life in Iran today. At the same time, he provides an autobiographical perspective, portraying the landscapes of his youth, his memories of Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), and his life experience in the Islamic Republic. 

Since the romantic period of the 18th century, paintings of the sky and the sea have been linked to the idea of the sublime. For philosophers like Burke and Kant, the sublime is regarded as one of the basic forms of aesthetic experience. While art and literature previously had been concerned with what was beautiful and pleasing to the eye, the sublime is not restrained and pleasant. Rather it is limitless and uncontrollable. This transition meant depicting the human experience in face of a wild and spirited nature. The greatness of the landscape evokes awe and admiration, as well as a strong sensation of fear. The sea, often depicted with raging storms, is where all life began and where many lives come to an end. 

In Ghadyanloos work, the sea plays an essential role. Although the water is calm with a golden light on the horizon, the same emotions of unease and helplessness are easily recognised. There is no storm in sight, but still there is an unknown presence lurking beneath the surface. When he depicts the ocean, it is with an awareness that destruction is always looming. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, the artist knows the devastation conflict can bring upon innocent people. To many in the western world, the sea is a symbol of endless possibilities, adventure and new travels. The view of the horizon allows the mind to wander. For others who are forced to flee, the ocean is the only way to escape. It does not represent a dream, but the struggle to survive. 

  • Mehdi Ghadyanloo is an Iranian artist known for his utopian 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 airplanes, Ghadyanloo invites us to consider new realities and the shared universality of our existence.

    Ghadyanloo worked as a farmer in Kiraj, before moving to Tehran to study Painting at the University of Tehran. After graduation in 2004, Ghadyanloo answered an open call from the Municipality of Tehran's Beautification Bureau to promote public art in the city. Ghadyanloo submitted 10 proposals for murals and was selected to paint all 10. He went on to paint over 100 gigantic murals throughout Tehran between 2004 and 2011 depicting scenes of people and places in amusing compositions and illusionistic settings evocative of happy and at times surreal conditions. He quickly became one of Iran's most famous public artists.

    In October 2017, Ghadyanloo became the first Iranian artist to be commissioned in both Iran and the US since the revolution in 1979, when he completed a major public commission for the Rose Kennedy Greenway project in Boston, US. A mural emblazoned across a 5,230 sq. ft. wall opposite the city’s South Station. 

    Ghadynaloo’s latest project was a commission to create a compelling 186 sq. m triptych called 'Finding Hope' for this year's Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum 2019 in Davos, Switzerland. As a cultural Ambassador for the World Economic Forum, it came as no surprise that Mehdi’s message to the influential gathering was of concern for the future generation – with three panels each featuring a little girl with her back turned, a balloon, and a threaded needle

    I think especially of equality of opportunity for young women. They should have the ability not just to plan their dreams but to achieve them. Art can speak of hope by touching the hearts of those who see it. Here at Davos, I wanted to use imagery that was poetic and designed to exert a subliminal influence on those with the power to effect real change in the world”. – Mehdi Ghadynaloo

  • Mehdi Ghadyanloo

    Remebering the Oblivion, 2017

    Galleri Golsa

    Installation view

Rod Bianco is pleased to present Remembering the Oblivion by Mehdi Ghadyanloo. In this exhibition the artist will present a series of paintings, as well as a collection of drawings. This will be his first solo show at the gallery. Known for his gigantic trompe l’oeil-style murals in central Tehran, Ghadyanloo also creates paintings, with surreal and minimalistic themes. Through his works, Ghadyanloo opens a window into the mood of life in Iran today. At the same time, he provides an autobiographical perspective, portraying the landscapes of his youth, his memories of Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), and his life experience in the Islamic Republic. 

Since the romantic period of the 18th century, paintings of the sky and the sea have been linked to the idea of the sublime. For philosophers like Burke and Kant, the sublime is regarded as one of the basic forms of aesthetic experience. While art and literature previously had been concerned with what was beautiful and pleasing to the eye, the sublime is not restrained and pleasant. Rather it is limitless and uncontrollable. This transition meant depicting the human experience in face of a wild and spirited nature. The greatness of the landscape evokes awe and admiration, as well as a strong sensation of fear. The sea, often depicted with raging storms, is where all life began and where many lives come to an end. 

In Ghadyanloos work, the sea plays an essential role. Although the water is calm with a golden light on the horizon, the same emotions of unease and helplessness are easily recognised. There is no storm in sight, but still there is an unknown presence lurking beneath the surface. When he depicts the ocean, it is with an awareness that destruction is always looming. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, the artist knows the devastation conflict can bring upon innocent people. To many in the western world, the sea is a symbol of endless possibilities, adventure and new travels. The view of the horizon allows the mind to wander. For others who are forced to flee, the ocean is the only way to escape. It does not represent a dream, but the struggle to survive. 

  • Mehdi Ghadyanloo is an Iranian artist known for his utopian 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 airplanes, Ghadyanloo invites us to consider new realities and the shared universality of our existence.

    Ghadyanloo worked as a farmer in Kiraj, before moving to Tehran to study Painting at the University of Tehran. After graduation in 2004, Ghadyanloo answered an open call from the Municipality of Tehran's Beautification Bureau to promote public art in the city. Ghadyanloo submitted 10 proposals for murals and was selected to paint all 10. He went on to paint over 100 gigantic murals throughout Tehran between 2004 and 2011 depicting scenes of people and places in amusing compositions and illusionistic settings evocative of happy and at times surreal conditions. He quickly became one of Iran's most famous public artists.

    In October 2017, Ghadyanloo became the first Iranian artist to be commissioned in both Iran and the US since the revolution in 1979, when he completed a major public commission for the Rose Kennedy Greenway project in Boston, US. A mural emblazoned across a 5,230 sq. ft. wall opposite the city’s South Station. 

    Ghadynaloo’s latest project was a commission to create a compelling 186 sq. m triptych called 'Finding Hope' for this year's Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum 2019 in Davos, Switzerland. As a cultural Ambassador for the World Economic Forum, it came as no surprise that Mehdi’s message to the influential gathering was of concern for the future generation – with three panels each featuring a little girl with her back turned, a balloon, and a threaded needle

    I think especially of equality of opportunity for young women. They should have the ability not just to plan their dreams but to achieve them. Art can speak of hope by touching the hearts of those who see it. Here at Davos, I wanted to use imagery that was poetic and designed to exert a subliminal influence on those with the power to effect real change in the world”. – Mehdi Ghadynaloo

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