Still life can be considered one of the popular genres in the history of art in Iran and the world, for which it is almost impossible to establish a specific time frame, in each decade, artists sporadically have gravitated towards it. The presence of “Flower” in most still lifes has injected color and vibrance into the artworks. The artworks in this exhibition are a collection of these still lifes, with a focus on “Flower”, mostly created between the 1960s and 2010s.
In this collection, the production of meaning depends on the communication between different senses, especially the sense of smell, which is tied to the sense of sight in the perception of painting (in the context of the concept of flowers). This is a circular relationship between the symbolized matter (in this collection flowers) and the symbolizer (the audience and the painter). In the process of symbolization, the flower moves from the meaning in the real world, in the process of being seen by the painter and the audience and is taken to new, multiple and endless meanings and invites us to read and percept freely the concept of flower. The life of images (in the field of mental imagination or the field of painting) is the result of living them once in real life and once again percepting them from beyond the image. Perception that becomes possible through recreation . For the audience, the paths of meaning in this collection pass through the real substance of flowers, the imaginary substance of flowers and the compression of these two in color, form, parallel and curved lines, and it is an opening to the world: a world that once again by seeing flowers in paintings, the audience perceives in themselves and this perception is a combination of the sense of smell and sight.
Aydin Aghdashloo, Reza Bangiz, Iran Darroudi, Reza Derakhshani, Kambiz Derambakhsh, Mohammad Ehsaei, Parvaneh Etemadi, Ebrahim Faraji, Hossein Kazemi, Keikhosro Khoroush, Leyly Matin daftari, Manouchehr Niazi, Farzaneh Nourzad, Bahman Rezaei, Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Mehdi Sahabi, Sohrab Sepehri, Monir Shahroodi Farmanfarmayian, Jazeh Tabatabaei, Mojdeh Tabatabaei, Sadegh Tabrizi, Manouchehr Yektaei & Hosseinali Zabehi