Silly you, Silly me
The dazzling colors and hybrid materials of Farhad Moshiri’s recent works - paintings and installations - immediately capture the eye.
Alternating between minimalism and mannerism, they are part to an Iranian artistic tradition of calligraphy and miniature, as well as Western pop imagery. Moshiri plays with the codes of modernism while developing a flamboyant iconography.
Beyond these seemingly attractive works lies a more painful and more complex reality, visible showing just beneath the surface, that is imbued with nostalgia and irony. The artwork entitled LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is emblematic, this joyful leitmotiv is written with an accumulation of knives stuck in the wall of the Gallery. Farhad Moshiri has created a new series of paintings made of beads embroidery and acrylic painting; the subjects are sometimes falsely childish as if escaped from a cartoon or a fairy tale. The artist is inviting us to go through the mirror of appearance.
Courtesy Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
Report Sabine Morandini
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
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