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Mehdi Ghadyanloo

September 22–November 5, 2022
Hong Kong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Installation view

Artwork © Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Photo: Martin Wong

Works Exhibited

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Iron River, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 55 ⅛ × 55 ⅛ inches (140 × 140 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Iron River, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 55 ⅛ × 55 ⅛ inches (140 × 140 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Parallel Love, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 70 ⅞ inches (210 × 180 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Parallel Love, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 70 ⅞ inches (210 × 180 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The King’s Speech, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (235 × 120 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The King’s Speech, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (235 × 120 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Spring Soldier, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (235 × 120 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Spring Soldier, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 92 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (235 × 120 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Sky Monument, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 47 ¼ inches (210 × 120 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Sky Monument, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 47 ¼ inches (210 × 120 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Fairy Temple, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 55 ⅛ × 55 ⅛ inches (140 × 140 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Fairy Temple, 2022

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 55 ⅛ × 55 ⅛ inches (140 × 140 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Mystic Messenger, 2022 Acrylic on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 51 ¼ inches (180 × 130 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, The Mystic Messenger, 2022

Acrylic on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 51 ¼ inches (180 × 130 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Untitled, 2022 Watercolor on paper, 19 ¾ × 14 ¼ inches (50 × 36 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Untitled, 2022

Watercolor on paper, 19 ¾ × 14 ¼ inches (50 × 36 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Untitled, 2022 Watercolor on paper, 19 ¾ × 9 ¼ inches (50 × 25 cm)© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Untitled, 2022

Watercolor on paper, 19 ¾ × 9 ¼ inches (50 × 25 cm)
© Mehdi Ghadyanloo

About

I’m creating a kind of atmosphere, a space of ambiguity.
—Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Gagosian is pleased to present new paintings and works on paper by Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Opening on September 22, this will be his first solo exhibition in Asia.

Ghadyanloo’s paintings are composed with meticulous attention to geometry, color, and chiaroscuro. At once familiar and mysterious, the slides, tunnels, and ladders he depicts are sited in shallow rectilinear chambers. The scenes are illuminated from above by skylights, with painted beams of light that reveal the details of the plastic and metal structures while indicating different times of day. The pieces of playground equipment exist as symbols, monuments to psychological states, as much as they are imagined physical constructions. Absent of children or other figures, they have an enigmatic, monumental presence that prompts nostalgia for the innocence of childhood play while hinting at existential themes.

Ghadyanloo’s unique approach as a painter evolved as he completed over one hundred public murals across Tehran from 2004 through 2011. Created to beautify the urban environment and promote civic harmony, these expansive works transformed the face of the city and garnered international attention, leading to mural commissions in Europe and the United States. His return to painting on canvas has allowed him to advance other themes, inspiring the present body of work.

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我在營造一種氣氛,一個含糊的空間。
—梅迪·加迪揚盧

高古軒欣然呈獻梅迪·加迪揚盧(Mehdi Ghadyanloo)的全新繪畫和紙本作品,展覽將於9月22日揭幕,此為藝術家於亞洲的首場個展。

加迪揚盧的畫作由細緻精確的幾何圖形、色彩和光影對照組成。他所描繪的滑梯、隧道和梯子等熟悉又神秘之物,身處於由直線組成的淺窄房間中,上方設有天窗,光線由上而下照射到塑膠和金屬結構的細節上,同時顯示一天內的不同時間。畫中的遊樂設施不只是虛構的實體建築,更是符號,以及心理狀態的紀念碑。畫中沒有任何人物或小孩,卻有一種隱秘而強烈的存在感,讓人想起童年時純真的玩樂時光,並同時暗示存在主義的主題。

於2004至2011年間,加迪揚盧於德黑蘭各處完成逾百幅公衆壁畫,從中發展出自己獨有的風格。他希望以大型壁畫美化城市,同時促進社會和諧。這些畫作成功令城市面貌煥然一新,更引來國際社會關注,他亦因此獲得歐洲及美國客戶委託到當地創作壁畫。他回歸油畫後,得以發掘其他主題,並啟發這次展出的作品。

加迪揚盧的錯視效果滑梯,不但將他運用比例和視覺效果的技巧昇華,亦反映其從父親的角度觀察的遊樂場所散發的普世魅力。於是次香港展覽中,加迪揚盧更透過畫作探索二元性的主題,例如在《平行的愛》(The Parallel Love)(2022年作)中,兩條滑梯於空間中迴旋,相互映照。《國王的演說》(The King’s Speech)(2022年作)上方的王冠,將社會階級的符號變成兒戲之物,其他主題則展示不切實際或不合邏輯的設計,例如《天空紀念碑》(The Sky Monument)(2022年作)中的滑梯底部被切斷,並似乎被梯子取替。加迪揚盧在畫作《神秘的信使》(The Mystic Messenger)(2022年作)中,以毛皮亮澤的彩色兔子,進一步探究人造和童年的主題。《閃爍的回憶》(A Blinking Memory)(2022年作)等紙本作品,則以水彩呈現滑梯和光影的戲劇效果。

加迪揚盧的畫作讓人想起喬治·德·基里科(Giorgio de Chirico)和雷內·馬格利特(René Magritte)筆下的矛盾空間,但超現實主義只是他靈感來源之一。他欣賞喬治·莫蘭迪(Giorgio Morandi)洋溢詩意的靜物畫,並問道:「要是平平無奇的瓶子也能與人對話,為何紅色滑梯不行?」無論是油畫、建築,以至裝飾藝術和文學作品,加迪揚盧筆下簡約精確的幾何圖形,無不受其家鄉伊朗的豐富文化傳統啟發。

梅迪·加迪揚盧於1981年生於伊朗卡拉季,現於德國法蘭克福生活和工作。他的作品現藏於各大博物館,包括北京中國美術館、上海龍美術館,以及中國日照市瀟當代美術館。他曾於各地受委托創作公共壁畫,包括德黑蘭的大街小巷(2004–2011年)、倫敦表演場地Village Underground(2015年)、倫敦杜爾維治美術館(2015年)、安娜堡密歇根大學(2018年)、波士頓羅斯·菲茨杰拉德·肯尼迪·格林威公共公園(2018年)、奧地利林茲OK當代藝術中心(2018年),以及瑞士達佛斯世界經濟論壇(2019年)。

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