Mehdi Ghadyanloo

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64 rue de Turenne, 75003, Paris, France
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Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Paris

Mehdi Ghadyanloo
to Sat 12 Dec 2020
Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

Artworks

The Lost Paradise, 2020

Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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The Last Soldier, 2020

Oil on canvas
190 x 100 cm 74 3/4 x 39 3/8 in
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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The State of Light, 2020

Oil on canvas
190 x 100 cm 74 3/4 x 39 3/8 in
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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The Hope Monument, 2019

Oil on canvas
170 x 90 cm 66 7/8 x 35 3/8 in
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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Good Morning , Midnight, 2020

Acrylic and oil on canvas
155 x 120 cm 61 1/8 x 39 3/8 in
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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Sleeping Beauty, 2020

Watercolor on paper
40 x 25 cm 15 3/4 x 9 7/8 in
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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The Glory Of The Sun, 2020

Watercolor on paper
40 x 25 cm 15 3/4 x 9 7/8 in
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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The Time Machine, 2020

Watercolor on paper
40 x 25 cm 15 3/4 x 9 7/8 in
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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The Passenger, 2020

Watercolor on paper
40 x 25 cm 15 3/4 x 9 7/8 in
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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Mehdi Ghadyanloo, who began his career making public art, is considered one of the leading artists in the Middle East. Known in particular for his monumental trompe-l’œil murals in downtown Tehran, Ghadyanloo also creates works on canvas with surrealist and minimalist themes, like waking dreams, evoking René Magritte or Giorgio de Chirico.

In recent work shown in Almine Rech’s project space in Paris, Ghadyanloo has created a mysterious series of closed spaces, playgrounds, geometrical cubes, spiral staircases, and architectural environments.

These dioramas are expertly inscribed on the canvas, and they function as intriguing narratives. The lines are meticulously detailed, as Ghadyanloo approaches these works as illustrations. Through his mastery of shadow and his use of the empty/full dichotomy, the artist transforms a flat surface into a veritable labyrinth. Ghadyanloo plays with the depth of his canvases in a subtle way: a master at manipulating light, he uses angular elements and shadows to tone down his approach, creating a subdued atmosphere while hollowing out space within it.

While playfulness is foregrounded in this series of dizzying slides, the materials are industrial, impressive, almost intimidating. An optimistic spirit is felt in the essence of his art, but is immediately shadowed by the sometimes dark and melancholy content of Ghadyanloo’s work. “I want to create an atmosphere at a specific moment in time where everything is suspended like the calm before the looming storm”, the artist says.

Color plays an essential role and immediately affects the reception of pieces such as The State of Light or The Last Soldier. The artist fills these memories with exuberant color (as in The Lost Paradise), as if to contrast with their confined, airless quality. Ghadyanloo’s art evokes his memories of life in small square rooms with dim lighting, where his family sought refuge during the Iran-Iraq War.

The space closes in on the viewer even more in Goodmorning, Midnight, which is from the series The Fence, where a fence unequivocally demarcates the space and its sphere of freedom.

Although any openings seem unreachable, like The Hope Monument and its multiple ladders, the artist seems to offer an alternative to this captivity: Ghadyanloo is dedicated to offering vanishing points in all his spaces: a zenithal abyss of varying width is found in each of his paintings, a strong symbol of hope that runs throughout his work.

Ghadyanloo’s aesthetic evokes landscapes from a different world, and his spiral-shaped spaces become the reflection of the distant recesses of our psyche, adopting the minimalistic lines of 20th-century modernist architecture represented by Le Corbusier. However, Ghadyanloo’s paintings offer an example of hope unearthed in the darkest places.

– Milena Oldfield

© Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Photo : Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

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