by “Khosro Berahmandi“
October 7- October 23, 2010
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Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
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Thursday October 7, 2010, 6:00-9:00 pm
Saturday October 23, 2010, 3:30-6:30 pm
Nebulous RingsThe idea of the painting inspires friendship between the hands and the infinite reaches through a few tools, foreshadowing destiny. The image that collapses from my eyes inhales the fallen comets from the beast’s sleep.
My hands chase the ripe colors, and the wood deciphers itself through the madness of the golden lines that wish to be destiny’s origin. My left eye embodies the woven mirror signalling the approach of the botanical dreams. The skin of the mirror is the slender shadow of the tall forests which throws on my fingers the knots that provoke the burst of the warp and weft My right eye waters the idea of watering.
The hidden caves echo within the nebulous rings of our depth. Suddenly you become the irrigated memory, I, the extension of the forgotten.
For the first time, Khosro Berahmandi, the prolific and inspiring artist, comes to Queen Gallery with a handful of his most recent works entitled Nebulous Rings, and invites Toronto public to plunge into his universe of infinite detail from which emerges a personal, extraordinary and captivating mythology.
In Nebulous Rings, Khosro pushes his artistic exploration of the notion of the detail farther in order to trigger in the observer a fresh sense of ‘seeing’ which over shadows the usual modes of perception.
Widening the horizons of his creativity by recent research carried out at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on two different periods in the Iranian Miniature Painting, illustrating Abul Qasim Ferdusi’s Shahnameh: The Book off Kings, the Ilkhaniad period (1206-1353), and Shah Tahmasp Safavid period (1501-1722), Khosro engages towards the creation of an image that seeks to reveal itself with an infallible constancy of growing lines, challenging the onlooker’s vision of details.
To this new series of paintings, Khosro Berahmandi adds two additional projects likely to extend his dialogue with the spectator. The first, Telluric Kiss, is a short art film created in collaboration with Jenn Doan (choreographer and dancer) and Shahin Parhami (filmmaker). The video excerpt to be presented constitutes the starting point for a dance project of a greater scale which takes its inspiration within the most recent works of the artist.
The second project is a new art book including splendid photographs of approximately thirty paintings of Khosro Berahmadi whose forms and colors are enriched by an inspiring text written by the poet and writer Bahman Sadighi. Entitled Oblivion and silence, the book, published by MEKIC, will be launched during the opening. Thus, as a whole, the artist presents to us here the fruits of his original reflection and his unclassified work carried out throughout the last year with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which, recognizing the value of his artistic work awarded him a creative research grant for the year 2009.
At present, the artist is working on his two new book projects. The first, which gathers together seven Montreal poets around his works, will be published in the autumn of 2011 by Éditions du Noroît under the artistic direction of Paul Bélanger. The second, which also finds its inspiration in the art of Khosro Berahmandi, is a children story, written in English by Kyra Shaughessy and translated into French by Caroline Tabah, and will be published by the MEKIC in the spring of 2011.